The first four games of the 2014-2015 Brownsburg boys basketball season will likely be the toughest stretch of games the Bulldogs will face all season. All four games were against teams that were ranked in the AP top 20 Class 4A poll. To emerge from that stretch with a 3-1 record, while dealing with an injury to their starting point guard and continuing to develop an offensive identity, is proof positive to the grittiness and hustle that head coach Steve Lynch’s team continues to showcase on the court.
The Bulldogs proved that once again last week with a pair of wins against Warren Central and East Chicago Central. Brownsburg erased a 13 point deficit after three quarters against the Warriors with a 21-8 fourth quarter performance that included 16 points from junior K.J. Walton. Those 16 points, part of a game high 42 points for Walton, included a three-point basket with under 15 seconds left in the game that sent the game in to overtime. The Bulldogs converted at the free throw line in the extra stanza to secure the win over Warren Central.
Brownsburg followed that victory with a return trip to the site of their only loss so far this season at Southport. But instead of facing the second ranked Cardinals, the Bulldogs faced a different Cardinal squad. The Cardinals from East Chicago Central. This time, instead of rallying from behind, Brownsburg jumped out to an 18-9 first quarter advantage and managed to stay a step ahead of the Cardinals en route to a 60-56 win. Walton paced the Bulldogs with 28 points while Jordache Mavunga added 12.
Both victory’s came with the Bulldogs starting point guard Darrian Ringo on the bench with a high ankle sprain. Junior Michael Fowlkes stepped in to the starting rotation and has provided solid minutes for the ‘Dogs.
Tonight, the Bulldogs return to action hosting the Tigers from Lebanon high school. The meeting is the first between the two schools since a 65-50 Brownsburg victory in February of 2005.
Lebanon is playing the second of a back-to-back after defeating rival Western Boone last night 55-39. Kyle Williams led the Tigers with 18 points.
Join me and my broadcast partners Christopher Worley and Troy Wymer tonight for Bulldogs basketball on 1610 AM XRB in Brownsburg and on Audio Sports Online. The pregame show begins at 7:15 PM when we’ll hear from Bulldogs head coach Steve Lynch followed by the tip-off between the Bulldogs and the Tigers.