Wins keep Elks in 9-5A playoff hunt
Playing with its back to the wall seems to be something Burleson’s boy’s basketball team enjoys.
Tuesday night, the Elks registered their second consecutive District 9-5A victory by winning at Everman, 75-66.
Without Isaiah Nelson available for action, Elks coach Alan DuBose called on Dalton Lane and Levi Porter to take up some of the slack. The pair delivered seven points each.
“We had some guys who have been role players step up tonight,” DuBose said. “We were concerned about Everman’s rebounding ability. They are athletic and get to the boards hard. They hurt us some rebounding but I thought we played pretty good defense.”
With four games left to play, the Elks (16-11, 4-6) probably need to win out to have a shot at the playoffs. Burleson hosts Centennial Friday and plays at Cleburne Tuesday.
As they have most of the season, Jaylen Johnson and Josiah Sneed contributed big points for the Elks. Johnson finished with 27 points and Sneed scored 21.
“We are answering the challenge right now,” DuBose said. “All we can worry about is the next game.”
Everman led 27-18 after one quarter of play but the Elks cranked up their defense in the second quarter, limiting the Bulldogs to five points. The game was tied at 32-32 going into halftime. In the second half, Burleson outscored Everman, 43-34.
Burleson 75, Everman 66
Burleson 18 14 20 23 - 75
Everman 27 5 14 20 - 66
Burleson (16-11, 4-6): Jaylen Johnson 27, Josiah Sneed 21, Isaiah Baldwin 8, Dalton Lane 7, Levi Porter 7, Justin McMaster 3.
Everman (15-11, 6-4): Marcus Brackens 17, James Brooks 12, Austin Dixon 12, Jamison Wooden 9, Jaylon Sexton 6, Zion Fuller 5, Kolby Parker 5.
Elks get nice win
The Elks picked up a much-needed victory Friday night as they defeated Joshua, 60-44, at home.
Harkening back to earlier in the season, Burleson spread out its scoring as nine Elks delivered points in the victory.
“It was great to get back in the win column,” DuBose said. “Joshua has been playing much better with close games against Arlington Seguin and Centennial. They tried to slow
it down and had success in the first half. We knew we needed to speed up the game in the second half so we picked up the pressure on defense.’
With the game tied 18-18 at halftime, Burleson used a 42-26 second-half run to put the game away.
Johnson led the Elks with 22 points and Justin McMaster scored 11 points.
Burleson 60, Joshua 44
Joshua 10 8 9 17 - 44
Burleson 7 11 24 18 - 60
Joshua (11-15, 0-9):Josh Kelso 19, Will Boyd 7, Michael Ayars 6, Mason Farley 6, Collin Carroll 4, Micah Beth 2.
Burleson (17-12, 3-6): Jaylen Johnson 22, Justin McMaster 11, Isaiah Nelson 8, Isaiah Baldwin 6, Logan Potts 4, Josiah Sneed 3, Dalton Lane 2, Joe Lutka 2, Levi Porter 2.