FLORETTE — Doug Oldacre stood on the sideline and watched with satisfaction as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
It wasn’t because his Brewer High boys basketball team had the lead, either. How the Patriots got there is what brought Oldacre pleasure.
Brewer picked up the intensity in the second half, playing a more aggressive brand of basketball as the Patriots came from behind to beat rival Priceville 56-44 Thursday night.
“I’ve been saying it all season: Be more aggressive. Be more aggressive. Be more aggressive,” Oldacre said. “Did I mention that we’ve needed to be more aggressive?”
Yeah coach, you did.
Apparently Brewer’s players got the memo, too.
Brewer dominated the boards, outrebounding Priceville 40-23.
“We felt like we could out rebound them, and that’s something we were determined to do,” Brewer center Coty Benitez said. “Coach has been telling us to be more aggressive, especially on the boards and on defense, and I think we’ve come a long way with that.”
Priceville (5-4) led most of the game, holding off several Brewer scoring runs through the first three periods.
But Priceville couldn’t withstand Brewer’s final surge. The Patriots dominated the fourth period, outscoring the Bulldogs 25-10.
Benitez made a pair of free throws to give Brewer its first lead with 6:47 remaining in the game, and he made a 3-pointer a few minutes later to stretch the cushion to eight. He finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Brandon Elder paced Brewer with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Mark McLendon finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead Priceville, while Malik Orr added 11 points and six rebounds.
“I thought we played well tonight,” Oldacre said. “We wanted to go up tempo in the second half, and I think our depth got to them a little. I’m most pleased with how we rebounded, especially on the offensive end. By being aggressive, we were able to get several second chances, which really helped our shooters’ confidence.”
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