Runner!

Brazos senior Malcolm Toles puts up a shot against Boling during the Brazos River Shootout Tournament.

The hosting Brazos High School boys basketball team started the Brazos River Shootout on Thursday with games against Yoakum and Boling.

The tournament field also includes more 3A and 2A schools with Columbus, Burton and Tidehaven.

The Cougars lost to Yoakum to start the tournament early on Thursday before hosting Boling in the final game during day one of the tournament.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and didn’t look back in a 40-30 win.

Brazos trailed 8-6 after the first quarter with sophomore post Hayden Vykukal scoring two baskets in the opening frame.

Boling pulled away in the second quarter to a 16-6 margin. Brazos got baskets from junior Jared Demny, senior Kolton Marek and junior DJ Lewis.

Brazos came out of the break with the offensive struggles continuing. The Cougars were outscored 13-to-5. Sophomore Elijah Johnson and junior Jared Demny had the only two baskets for Brazos.

The Cougar defense stood tall in the second half and continued to limit the Boling scoring. Its aggressive press led to turnovers by the Bulldogs and easy baskets for Brazos.

Brazos outscored Boling 13-3 in the final frame.

The Cougars were 4-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch. Senior forward August Hale added two baskets. Demny had a basket in the final frame and added two pints from the charity stripe.

Demny finished with nine points to lead the Cougars.

Brazos (3-5) was to play Columbus and Tidehaven on Friday. The Cougars will round out the tournament Saturday with a game against Burton.

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