Brahmas outhustle No. 20-ranked Moulton Bobkatz (w/gallery)
Jan. 13, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.
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HALLETTSVILLE - Hallettsville knows it will play teams that shoot the ball better.
But the Brahmas know they should never be outhustled because of their athleticism and depth.
Hallettsville put its assets to good use on the way to a 56-44 win over Moulton on Monday night at the Hallettsville gym.
"We've just got to play together and play high energy," said junior Jimario Grounds. "We know we weren't shooting the ball, so we just drove and tried to get them in foul trouble and, hopefully, that will open up our shots."
The Brahmas (11-6) took control by forcing turnovers, controlling the boards and getting to the free throw line.
Hallettsville out-rebounded Moulton (13-7) 25-13 in the first half and shot 19 free throws to six for the Bobkatz.
"One of our goals was at least to have 15 offensive rebounds, and I'm sure we came pretty close to that," said Hallettsville coach Scott Cottenoir. "That's one of the things we're really good at was getting on the boards. We don't shoot the ball well at times, so we really have to get those second and third chances."
Hallettsville had 11 players score, and only junior Landon McAfee, who had 16 points, was in double figures.
"We were just trying to do what we do, and that's play fast and play good defense and really be physical under the basket," said Dalton Herrington, a senior. "That's where we get a lot of our points from."
Matt Orsak led Moulton with 16 points, but the Bobkatz had trouble handling Hallettsville's press and were often unable to convert under the basket.
"I like playing teams that are athletic, that are physical, that are strong, that are going to press us up and down the floor," said Moulton coach Kevin Fishbeck. "They did a good job with their game plan, and we didn't do a very good job with our game plan. We didn't shoot the ball very well. We turned the ball over. We had a lot of unforced turnovers. We kind of played into their hands at times."
Hallettsville got a late start in basketball because of its deep playoff run in football. But the Brahmas believe they are capable of doing better than last season, which ended in the regional semifinal.
"I think we've still got a ways to go," Cottenoir said. "We're still trying to get our basketball legs under us. I thought we were starting to get them when Christmas hit. We're getting better. We're still not where we need to be and will get."