Elks capture consolation title
Playing short-handed, Burleson’s boys basketball team won the consolation championships at the Lake Worth Bullfrog Classic over the weekend.
The Elks (5-4) were without the services of senior guard Josiah Sneed and senior post Dalton Lane because of injury, but still managed to go 3-2 at the tournament.
Senior guard Jalen Johnson and junior guard Sam Martin were named to the all-tournament team.
“Iver Macaulay and C.J. Williams got plenty of playing time so that is going to help our depth down the road,” Burleson coach Sam Martin said.
The Elks, behind 19 points from Raymond Lynch, defeated Lake Worth, 88-26, Saturday in the consolation championship game. Martin scored 15 points and Logan Potts finished with 14 points in the win.
Burleson lost to District 9-5A foe and eventual tournament champion Cleburne, 73-58, in its second game Friday.
“Cleburne is a lot better than people think they are,” Burleson coach Joey Martin said. “Their coach does a great job, they don’t make mistakes and they obviously have the best player in the district. They don’t pass the eye test but those guys can really play.”
The Elks finished the game with four players on the court after three fouled out. Johnson finished with 22 points and Joe Lutka scored 16 points.
Earlier on Friday, Martin put on a shooting clinic as the junior connected on 10 three-pointers on the way to a game-high 44 points in an 86-60 win over Dallas Molina.
The Elks hit 17 three-pointers in the win. Johnson made four three-pointers on the way to 20 points. Lutka scored 11 points.
“We shot it really well.” Martin said.
Burleson led late against Waco Connally Thursday but couldn’t hold on as the Elks lost to the Cadets, 77-66.
“We were up by four with four minutes left, but Jaylen Johnson rolled his ankle and we ended up getting beat after leading for the majority of the game,” Martin said.
Johnson tallied 27 points, Potts finished with 17 points and Martin scored 12 points.
The Elks opened the tournament with a 94-67 win over Dallas Thunder Blue. Martin and Lutka each scored 20 points while Johnson added 16 points.
Lutka did his damage playing out of the position. The senior guard took over in the post for Lane.
“Dallas Blue was pretty decent,” Martin said. “It was close until the fourth quarter when we pulled away. We played well. Our goal is to get 20 assists per game and we finished with 22 assists.”
Burleson opens play today at the Granbury Tournament with games against Fort Worth Arlington Heights and Lucas Lovejoy. The tournament will be the Elks final test before opening district play Dec. 15 at Granbury.
“This will be a good test for us,” Martin said. “I want to create more depth off our bench, so I’m going to give some other kids opportunities. When you press, trap and play fast, you need those bodies. I want to see us build team chemistry.”