By BRAD KEITH
DUBLIN (January 23, 2018) — Dublin appears a virtual lock to repeat as boys basketball champion in District 6-3A.
Tuesday’s showdown between the Lions, the only unbeaten in district play, and Comanche, guided by past Dublin head coach Richard Pringle and playing for a tie atop the league standings, served as a reminder that one-game leads in short district seasons are often misleading.
The race in 6-3A is not a close one because Dublin appears to be the only district member racing anywhere at all. Comanche simply had yet to take their first turn at being mauled by the Lions.
The Indians got all they wanted of the run-and-gun in the opening few minutes, then they got a dosed with a whole lot more. Dublin raced out to a 32-point lead by the latter stages of the third quarter and sailed on to a 90-53 victory at Roy and Lynn Neff Gymnasium.
Rayce Jackson poured in 16 points in the opening half, when Dublin amassed 57, including 30 in the first quarter. Comanche didn’t have that many through two quarters, trudging off the court with 28 points at intermission, already down 29. Jackson and Tim Teten combined for 30 before the break, and Teten added two more in the third to match the team lead in scoring.
Dublin was balanced with Jacob Seals netting 14 in the paint and the trio of Josh Hanes, Cy Wing and Blake Porter contributing 10 each.
That’s six double-digit scorers, while Jeremiah Martinez six points, Angel Ramirez five and Tyshon Hopkins three.
The 20th win of the season by the Lions was also their ninth straight. Dublin has outscored opponents by 21.3 points during the win streak, and no 6-3A rival has come within 10. And even in the 78-68 win at Brady last Friday, the Lions were ahead by 23 before head coach Will Parker hit the breaks.
An 81-77 win over 2A neighbor De Leon began the streak. The only single-digit margin was 72-65 over 4A Brownwood, highlighted by the second triple-double of the season by Jackson.
Coleman finished second to Dublin in 6-3A last season and hosts the Lions on Friday. The Bluecats got off to a disappointing start this year, losing their initial three district contests before beating Brady 49-41 Tuesday. Brady, Early and Comanche are all tied for second with 2-2 league marks. Coleman and Bangs are another game back at 1-3.