Slow starting Elks fall to Lancaster
MANSFIELD — The one concern for Burleson boys basketball coach Joey Martin Tuesday night was falling behind early to state-ranked Lancaster.
That’s exactly what happened to the Elks in their Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game at Mansfield High School.
Before Burleson scored its first point of the game with 3:15 to play in the first quarter, the Tigers had already scored 19 points.
The 18-point deficit was too much for the Elks to overcome as they lost to Lancaster, 79-58.
“My biggest fear coming in was getting down early to a team that has played at a high level for a long time,” Martin said. “Lancaster is a great program.”
Burleson’s season, which featured among other things the program’s first district title since 1956 and a perfect record at home, ended with a mark of 25-7. The 25 wins were a school record. Lancaster (20-13), the 11th-ranked team in Class 5A according to the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, scored 24 points in the first quarter and led 45-24 at halftime.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well and then you have to expend so much energy on defense trying to get back in it that it throws you a little bit off in the shooting,” Martin said. “At halftime, I told the guys you can’t try to get it all back in one quarter, we just have to try and win this quarter and get it back to 10 or 12 points and then try to chip back into it in the fourth quarter.”
Despite hitting 10 three-pointers the Elks couldn’t work their way back into the game.
Part of the problem for Burleson was the Tigers consistently found ways through the Elks trapping defense.
“Lancaster does such a good job passing that our trapping just wasn’t effective,” Martin said.
Burleson junior guard Sam Martin led the Elks with 21 points. Senior guard Josiah Sneed scored 12 points and senior guard Jaylen Johnson finished with eight points.
The Indians produced four double-figure scorers led by sophomore Mike Miles 23 points. Freshman Wade Taylor scored 15 points, sophomore Marco Foster and senior Malik Martin each scored 11 points.
Martin said one lost, the Elks first in 2018, didn’t define this team.
“I told them they had no reason to hang their heads,” Martin said. “We basically turned around a program in one year winning 25 games. I told them to keep their heads high because this is special group for Burleson High School. This team is a special to Burleson High School and they will be remembered for that and not one playoff game.”