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Marble Falls boys basketball suffers two losses in own tourney

CAPTION: Marble Falls junior guard Davis Dreisbach and the Mustangs played one of the top-ranked teams in the state when they welcomed San Antonio Brennan Dec. 2. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Marble Falls High School boys basketball team lost to San Antonio Brennan 68-26 Dec. 2 and to Georgetown East View 70-42 during its Subway Classic tournament.

Despite the losses, head coach Travis Crain said he sees plenty of positives from his players.

“We’re putting in the time and the effort and the sweat work,” he said. “When we line up against people down the road, we’re fully confident. You’ll see it; it’s more meaningful.”

Brennan took a double-digit lead in the first quarter and played like the No. 16 team in the Class 6A poll of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

“It was great for us, for our kids to see them prepare,” Crain said. “Their kids are getting shooting 30 minutes before the game. When they line up against the competition, they are the better team.”

He credits Brennan head coach Koty Cowgill for giving him a start to his career.

“I wouldn’t be a coach without him,” Crain said. “He invested in me. For him to come to a tournament that I put on is very meaningful. We’re in a business of relationships.”

The outcome against East View was still in question during a whistle that stopped play late in the second quarter. The Mustangs (3-4) were trailing, but momentum had swung their way and allowed them to cut the deficit to 11 points with 35 seconds left in the half. A whistle blew on a play where possession could have been awarded to either team. The ball was given to East View and the Mustangs didn’t regain momentum again.

“We didn’t make the necessary adjustments,” Crain said. “We have sophomores and juniors, and they’re still learning the playbook. We have guys who haven’t played with us for long, and there are growing pains. When we get in the tough situations, when every possession matters and having a possession is important, we’re still teaching everyone to know what to do. We’re still trying to figure it out.”

The Mustangs return to the court at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, against Cedar Park High and finish the tournament Saturday against Copperas Cove at 9 a.m. and San Antonio Edison at 3 p.m.

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