It was as good a playoff opener as the TAPPS Class 1A defending champions from Baytown Christian could ask for.
The host Bulldogs opened up their title defense against Oaks Adventists and the visiting Tigers were never able to overcome the onslaught from beyond the arc and at the tin BCA administered from the opening tip in a 76-30 walkaway.
Led by Jakob Wheatfall’s 20-point effort, the Bulldogs also got 12 points from Jordan Lewis and 10 points from Rhett Hudson to advance to Tuesday’s second round game in Baytown against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
BCA (18-5) finished with 11 three pointers, including a sublime six in the third quarter that pushed its 36-10 halftime lead into the 40s and a running mercy clock.
“We did good, but our defensive boards can get better and that is some stuff we can work on,” Wheatfall said.
He also admitted that the hangover of losing early in the football playoffs as the state’s top team going in, carried lessons to the hardcourt for the Bulldogs.
“We learned to not underestimate everybody and come out strong,” Wheatfall said. “We play defense and we hustle and we hit our shots. But we have to be way better than we played tonight.
Bulldogs head coach Ryan Carrington liked his team’s play on both sides of the ball.
“We were hitting shots and played good defense,” Carrington said. “We also have guys who can make plays offensively. We got hot in the third quarter. We came in early today for a shootaround and we may have to do that again.
“We don’t get selfish. We know we have shooters on the outside and hitting the open shooters is what we teach them to do.”
Lee College falls at Blinn
Lee College couldn’t overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and fell 90-84 at Blinn College Wednesday night.
Ishmael Cruz-Paris led the Rebels (15-11, 6-9) with 27 points from off the bench, while Keontae White (13 points), Alonzo Linton (12 points) contributed. The Rebels play at Victoria College 2 p.m. Saturday