The Buckaroos walked away as Bi-District champions by defeating the Nocona Indians 59-42 in Jacksboro.
With the win, the Bucks will face the winner of Bangs/Reagan County. Time and date was dependent on the results of the Lady Bucks game Tuesday night.
Buckaroo head coach Rob Ogle said a strong shooting performance in the early stages of the game helped lift the Bucks to the win.
“I thought we played really well and shot the ball extremely well,” Ogle said following the game.
“I think we were around 20 of 25 inside the arc and shot around six out of nine from outside the arc.”
The Buckaroos claimed the Bi-District Championship Monday evening with a 59-42 win over Nocona. Shown with their trophy is (back row, l to r) assistant coach Rod Thompson, Tyler Simmons, Caleb Spoon, Demarcus Johnson, Rigo Gallegos, Clay Boaz, Aaron Brooks, Alfredo Alvarado, Blake Martinez and assistant coach Pat Yarbrough, (front row, l to r) head coach Rob Ogle, Cam Toombs, Mateo Ramirez, Alain Franco, Anthony Ramirez and Tyrin West. (Brant Thurmond)
“I felt like for about half a quarter, they (Nocona) were matching us and shooting the ball well,” said Ogle. “Nocona is really well coached and very fundamental. Normally we have success with our press and tonight we were unable to press them. I credit them a lot because a lot of their kids are straight basketball players and it shows. They are very fundamentally sound.”
The Indians had a different approach and attempted to slow the tempo of the game.
“That was their style and they stuck with the slower pace said Ogle. “We knew from the get-go that we needed to have a fast start.
The Bucks opened the game with a 6-0 run, but Nocona put an end to the run with a three-pointer at the 5:52 mark and got to within one point (8-7) with just under four minutes to play in the opening period.
Breckenridge closed out the quarter with a 11-0 run and led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Following a three-pointer by Nocona that cut the Bucks lead to 21-12, the Bucks scored six unanswered points to increase the lead to 17 points to lead 29-12 with 4:24 remaining in the first half.
The Bucks added seven points in the final 4:24 of the first half while holding Nocona to five points, to lead 36-17 at halftime.
Both teams traded baskets during the third quarter and the Bucks held a comfortable 46-24 lead heading into the final period.
With Breckenridge leading 51-26 with just over 4:30 to play in the game, the Indians connected on a three-pointer to cut the lead to 53-29.
The Bucks would toss in eight points in the final 4:30 of the game, while Nocona scored 16 points, but held on for the 59-42 win.
Rigo Gallegos led the Bucks with 17 points, while Caleb Spoon added 14 points and Mateo Ramirez tossed in seven points.
Anthony Ramirez, Alain Franco and Aaron Brooks had five points each. Clay Boaz scored four points and Demarcus Johnson added two points.