But the Bucks wanted more. They wanted to be the champions as they handed the Badgers a 77-41 loss.
With the win, the Bucks claimed their second straight District 7-2A Championship for the first time in 40 years.
Head coach Rob Ogle said he was proud of the team for reaching this milestone and the journey that lies ahead for the team.
“Winning district was a goal of ours from the start of the year,” said Ogle. “To win district in back-to-back years is a great milestone and says a lot on how determined this group of young men are.
The Breckenridge Buckaroos claimed the District 7-2A Championship Wednesday evening with a 77-42 win over Merkel. It marked the first time in 40 years that the Buckaroos have won back-to-back district titles. Shown are (l to r) Assistant Coach Rod Thompson, Cam Toombs, Aaron Brooks, Anthony Ramirez, Tyler Simmons, Caleb Spoon, Alain Franco, Demarcus Johnson, Mateo Ramirez, Rigo Gallegos, head coach Rob Ogle, (seated) Clay Boaz. Not pictured is Assistant Coach Pat Yarbrough. The Bucks will play Nocona at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 in Jacksboro. (Courtesy Photo by Steve Spoon)
“But now it is up to us as a team and as coaches to dictate how far this journey will take us,” said Ogle. “We will need to stay focused by taking one game at a time, continue to improve daily and ‘fight’ complacence in order to make a deep playoff run.”
The Bucks opened the Merkel game with 16 points in the first quarter and a 25-point second quarter helped the Bucks have a commanding 41-19 lead at halftime.
Breckenridge added 21 points in the third quarter and 15 more in the fourth to cruise to a 77-42 win.
Caleb Spoon led the team with 21 points, while Mateo Ramirez added 14 points and Rigo Gallegos had 10 points.
Aaron Brooks tossed in seven points, while Cam Toombs and Clay Boaz each had six points.
DeMarcus Johnson chipped in five points, while Anthony Ramirez had four points. Tyler Simmons and Alain Franco each had two points for the Bucks.