After taking care of business at home over the rival Sealy Tigers 65-49 on Dec. 20, the Bellville Brahmas won’t return to their home court until Jan. 17 for their district-opening game against the Navasota Rattlers.
In that time, they’re on the road starting with the Schulenburg Tournament over the holiday break where Bellville secured a pair of wins but fell in its final game. Senior Connor Poppe led the team in scoring in all three games, beginning with a 17-point effort in the 66-49 win over the Rockdale Tigers. He was followed by classmate Blake Bills with 12 and junior Jake Richter with 10 in the double-digit point totals in a game the Brahmas never trailed.
Poppe was joined by another classmate in the second win over the Columbus Cardinals, a 68-66 barn burner, with both he and Austin Leuschner putting up 21 points apiece with the latter using a trio of three-pointers to help bolster his total.
After only managing four points in the first quarter, Bellville bounced back with a 28-point second quarter to take a 32-25 lead into halftime. Although Columbus outscored the Brahmas 41-36 in the second half, the Bulls were able to hold off the Cardinals to remain in the winner’s bracket and set up a meeting with the Wharton Tigers, a team they have been unable to beat in their previous three meetings.
This time, it was Wharton who led the whole game and came away with a 62-37 win to close its tournament slate, extending a winning streak to four games in as many meetings. Poppe totaled 13 points for his team and had sophomore Robert Briggs’ 8-point effort not far behind him although Bellville fell below the .500 mark at 5-6 overall.
Still, the road trip ensued and to end the holiday break was a trip to the Burton Panthers’ home court where the Brahmas took home a 64-39 victory to move their record back to even entering play this week.
Tuesday saw the Bellville boys travel to Snook to face the Blue Jays before going to Iola (Jan. 10) and Madisonville (Jan. 14) to close the seven-game, 28-day hiatus between home contests.
After Navasota, the Brahmas will travel to Giddings before hosting Caldwell and La Grange ahead of a road game against Smithville to close out the month of January and the first round of district play.
Last year, Bellville finished fourth in District 26-4A-D2 with a 4-6 record behind Caldwell (5-5), La Grange (6-3) and Navasota (10-0) but suffered a first-round exit at the hands of the Needville Blue Jays by a 51-49 score.