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December 17, 2013

Donkey basketball makes great leaps in Geronimo

John McKelvey
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BRAY — After losing its opening game to Geronimo, Bray-Doyle girls basketball responded with two wins in the Geronimo tournament this weekend.

With a young roster, the Donkeys pushed past Temple and Comanche junior varsity to capture the 5th place trophy. Even though coach Frank Moser always hopes to win the tournaments, he was happy with how his team performed given its inexperience.

“Any time you come away with two wins in a tournament and a trophy, that’s a positive thing,” Moser said. “We’re really young still. We’ve got just two seniors on the team and a lot of underclassmen that have to play a lot. They stepped up.”

Starting off the tournament with a 26-23 loss to the host team, mostly because of costly turnovers, was not part of the original plan. It was a terrific defensive display, but the team just couldn’t score. That changed in the win against Temple and Moser was proud of his girls for rebounding so quickly. He thought the play from the girls off the bench sealed the victory.

“I was real impressed with my bench play,” Moser said. “All these girls that came off the bench... they really helped us.”

A lot of those girls coming off the bench were underclassmen. With all the game cancellations that he had earlier in the season, Moser was happy to get them some experience in a competitive game.

“Any time you can get kids like that experience and you win, it’s a double bonus,” Moser said.

The boys basketball team captured its first win of the season in the first game of the tournament. Originally supposed to play Tipton, the Donkeys got to play Marlow’s junior varsity instead. Tipton was still playing in the Class C state playoffs for football so the basketball team decided not to participate.

The boys team beat the Outlaws 45-31, but then lost to Temple 56-22. Still, it’s first-round victory landed Bray-Doyle in the third place game against Ryan. The Donkeys lost 52-33, but senior forward Sam Henderson was satisfied with the performance.

“We played well in some areas, but some areas we need to work on that’s why that tournament was good for us,” Henderson said. “We played a lot of teams. We played through good teams and some mediocre teams.

“It’s good to get things in, to see what everybody is good at and what they can do in their positions.”

Next up for the Donkeys is a road matchup against Maysvilleon on Tuesday.