The opening tipoff of the FHS boys’ basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 21, was the only time Marble Falls had control in the Billies’ first home game of the new season.
Fredericksburg won, 49-38, behind a solid full-court press.
At the tipoff, the Mustangs’ six-foot, seven-inch Kason O’Riley took advantage of his four-inch height difference over Fredericksburg’s big man Matthew Monger, a 6-foot, 3-inch senior, and tipped the ball into the hands of Jose Reynoso.
As the Mustangs tried to set up an offense, the Billies went to work. Their tight man-to-man defense resulted in a steal by Colby Brasher that ended in a left-handed layup, after which the Billies never looked back.
“We really got after them in the press, which led to easy baskets, and we really needed easy buckets today,” said Coach Tim Kaman. “It was a total team effort defensively, but I thought Trapper Cramer was especially active today and created problems for Marble Falls.”
Cramer scored eight points for the Billies. High scorers for the game were Dillon Rabon with 10, Jayden Sanchez with nine, all three-pointers, Monger with eight and Brasher with seven.
“The scoring is how the season could go all year,” Kaman said. “We have so many people who can score, and today we proved that by being so balanced.”
Despite the win, Kaman said the team did not shoot as well as they are capable of.
“We are going to have to hit the open 3 this year to be successful,” he said. “Our defense bailed us out today, but that is our motto — defense wins championships.”
The Billies have two road games this week before the Thanksgiving holiday. They will have played Comfort on Monday and take on Uvalde today. Game scores and highlights can be seen on line and in next week’s edition.
After the holiday, FHS will play at Medina Valley on 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.
FHS 49, Marble Falls 38
Saturday, Nov. 21 at FHS
Marble Falls 7 12 12 7 – 38
FHS 12 12 15 10 – 49
Scoring: Rabon 10, Sanchez 9, Cramer 8, Monger 8, Brasher 7, Marin 3, Schandua 2, McBee 2