It wasn’t the prettiest game in the history of Cub Gym, but a win is a win, as they say, and the Brownfield Cubs secured a playoff berth with Friday night’s victory over the Stanton Buffaloes.
The Cubs got off to a slow start in the game and let Stanton get on the board first and keep it close for the first half of the first quarter.
Brownfield turned it up a notch to close the opening frame on top, 18-9.
The second quarter was nip and tuck, with the Cubs out-pacing the Buffaloes by only two points to take a 27-16 advantage to the locker room at halftime.
Stanton came out hot in the third quarter and out-scored Brownfield by three in the period to narrow the gap to 40-32 by the end of the frame.
At one point, the Buffaloes came within five points of tying the Cubs, before the home team kicked it in gear and began to pull away from the visitors.
The Cubs picked up the pace in the fourth, both offensively and defensively, to pull away from the Buffaloes, out-scoring them, 19-5, in the period.
Senior Cub Malcolm Rainwater hit a buzzer-beater three pointer to finish the game with a bang.
At the final buzzer, the Cubs notched the conference win, 59-40, to go 6-1 in District 4-2A in 2014.
The Cubs only loss in district play was to the Lamesa Golden Tors in the opening game of the conference schedule.
Brownfield was led in the contest by junior Jordan Demps, with 15 points and a steal against the Buffaloes.
Sha’Colby Hill, a junior, was next in the books with 11 points in the contest, a pair of rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal.
Freshman Cub Jezreel Griffin was good for seven points in the district contest, with three rebounds and three steals.
Three Cubs -- Malcolm Rainwater, Alex McCrary and Cole Garcia -- added six points each in the game.
Rainwater had two assists and a pair of rebounds, in addition to three steals.
Garcia was also good for three rebounds, three steals and one assist.
McCrary had two rebounds and a trio of steals.
Korey Nolan had five points in the game. He had a good night on the boards, with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Eliseo Salas rounded out the
Cubs Head Coach Dustin Faught said the pace of the game frustrated the Cubs and took them out of their element.
“That’s exactly what they had in mind coming in here was to slow the game down and that’s hard for us to adjust to,” he said. “We are such a face paced team, that going half-speed or three-quarter-speed just doesn’t get it done.”
The Cubs improved their record to 1-6 in District 4-2A now. Their only loss so far this District season is Lamesa on Tuesday night there.
The Cubs will take to the road Tuesday to begin winding down their regulation season schedule.