Brazos Cougars (9-13) vs. Port Aransas Marlins (30-6)
Monday, Feb. 18 - 7 p.m. - Bloomington High School
It is not often that two high school sports overlap enough to affect the start of another team.
But it can most likely happen at the Class 2A level and lower.
That was the case for the Brazos Cougars, whose football team made its deepest playoff run in school history since the 1980’s.
It resulted in the Cougars starting the basketball season late, and injuries didn’t help.
“I think the late start affected us quite a bit,” head coach Jon Waldrop said. “We came in tired and a little emotionally drained after that three- round run in the football playoffs.”
But now the Cougars have finished 6-4 against a deep field in District 29-2A.
“I think we are just now starting to hit our stride and play our best basketball,” Waldrop said.
“We beat the district champs 65-52, last game of district and looked like what I imagined we would all year.”
Now the Cougars head to the playoffs and face the state’s No. 6 team in Class 2A, Port Aransas, Monday at Bloomington High School in the Region IV-2A bi-district playoffs.
The Marlins finished 12-0 in District 30-2A and have made at least the regional semifinals the last two years.
“The 2A playoffs will be different but same story in first round,” Waldrop said. “This is third year in a row we will be facing a ranked team and second year in a row we will be facing a top 10 team in the first round.”
The Marlins sport six players over 6-foot tall and eight upperclassmen on a 14-man roster.
“Port Aransas has great tradition,” Waldrop said. “Coach Kris Jones does an outstanding job of getting his kids to buy in and play hard-nosed basketball.
“They do not play football, so expect them to be very skilled.
“We are just excited for a chance to play them.”