Football players make immediate impact for Elks
It didn’t take long for the football players to make an impact on Burleson’s boys basketball.
Last Tuesday in their second game since the end of football season, guards Sam Martin and Jaylen Johnson helped the Elks to a come-from-behind 82-74 win over Weatherford in a non-district game at Burleson.
Martin finished with a team-high 24 points and Johnson scored 23 points. Martin didn’t score in the first quarter and Johnson had just two points as the Elks trailed 12-6 headed to the second quarter.
In the final three quarters, Burleson outscored the Kangaroos, 76-62, to win. Josiah Sneed added 16 points for the Elks while Dalton Lane scored 12 points.
Coach Joey Martin, in his first season at Burleson, has been pleased with what he has seen so far from his team.
“They are better than I originally expected,” Martin said. “I knew we had some athleticism coming from football, but I’ve been impressed with their basketball IQ which is pretty high. They are catching on fast. We have three or four good practices coming up before we play in the Lake Worth Tournament. I’m excited about getting some good practice time in before we start playing again. I’m excited about this group. I think we have a chance to be pretty good.”
Burleson (2-2) returns to action when it opens play at the Lake Worth Tournament against Dallas Blue Thunder at 8:30 a.m. The Elks also play Waco Connally at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Burleson plays Dallas Molina at 1 p.m. and Cleburne at 8:30 p.m.
The Elks fell at Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 97-60, on Nov. 18 in the football players first game of the season.
Johnson had a good day, hitting five three-pointers on the way to a team-high 16 points. Sneed scored 10, Joe Lutka finished with eight points while Martin and Lane each scored six points.