The Breckenridge Buckaroos inched a step closer toward an ultimate goal of making a trip to the Class 2A State tournament in Austin Friday evening in Dublin.
The Bucks, who were defeated by Jim Ned in the area round a year ago, defeated the Bangs Dragons 59-37 to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals against Kermit Tuesday in Snyder.
“We started the first quarter off with a zone rather than a man-to-man defense because of their (Bangs) size and physicality inside and they came out and were shooting lights out,” said Buckaroo head coach Rob Ogle. “We made an adjustment because we were down five to go ahead and go to man-to-man at the end of the first quarter and it was the difference in the ball game.
The Breckenridge Buckaroos advanced to the Class 2A Regional Quarterfinals with their 59-37 win over the Bangs Dragons Friday evening in Dublin. Shown with
The Breckenridge Buckaroos advanced to the Class 2A Regional Quarterfinals with their 59-37 win over the Bangs Dragons Friday evening in Dublin. Shown with their trophy is (back row l to r) assistant coach Rod Thompson, head coach Rob Ogle, Aaron Brooks, Clay Boaz, Demarcus Johnson, Tyler Simmons, Alfredo Alvarado, Blake Martinez, Rigo Gallegos and assistant coach Pat Yarbrough, front row, (l to r) Caleb Spoon, Mateo Ramirez, Alain Franco, Anthony Ramirez, Cam Toombs and Tyrin West. (Brant Thurmond)

“We did a great job of containing their 6’ 5” kid inside, Dalton Johnson and we had great pressure on him when they fed it inside and had great help defensively,” said Ogle. “We might have had one of the best halves of defense we have had all year long by holding them to 12 points.”
Ogle said that the Bucks will need to continue to do what has been working.
“We will have to keep doing what we have been doing and what has been successful for us throughout the year,” said Ogle.
 Bangs jumped out to a  4-0 lead within the first two minutes of play.
Caleb Spoon got the Bucks on the board with a two-point basket at the 5:38 mark.

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Clay Boaz scored four points within a minute to tie the game at 6-6.
The Dragons led 12-10 with just over a minute remaining in the first quarer and had a five point lead (15-10) after making a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Bucks continued to chip away at the Dragons lead in the early stages of the second quarter, before tying the score at 19-19 at the 3:46 mark.
The Bucks finished the first half with a 8-6 scoring advantage and led 27-25 at halftime.
(See complete story in the February 26 edition of the Breckenridge American)