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Bryan boys win by 11

Bryan boys win by 11

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Killeen Shoemaker feasted on the inside shots, but couldn't overcome the long-range accuracy of Tyrone McMurry and fell to the Bryan Vikings, 71-60, at Viking Gym in a District 13-5A opener.

It was a good start for the Vikes (11-4), hoping to improve on last season's third-place finish in district.

"In this league, you get a win any way you can," Bryan coach John Reese said. "This is a very competitive league. Harker Heights might be a little bit better, but every team in this league is evenly matched, top to bottom."

He praised the work of Shoemaker's 6-foot-4 Jamar Beasley and 6-3 Keith Smith.

"They attack well and Shoemaker held the advantage in the first half, not because of their first shots, but the second ones they rebounded," Reese said. "They were the ones that hurt us."

Statistics show the Grey Wolves of Shoemaker (11-5) won the rebound battle, 29-25, and the Grey Wolves had 13 second shots and converted on most of them. Bryan hit 10 of 17 3's and 17 of 31 shots overall. Shoemaker hit 23 of 44.

The story, however, was the 3-point accuracy of McMurry. He hit all five treys in the first half and seven of eight for the game to lead the Vikings with 23 points. The left-handed guard had double-figure help only from senior Leslie Jackson who tallied 12. Beasley had 15 and Smith 13 for the Grey Wolves.

The Grey Wolves began to find open routes inside from the opening tip and got the ball inside to Smith for a 6-0 lead.

McMurry dropped his first trey with 5:50 left in the first period. Then McMurry and sophomore Allyn Cooks put together a pair of steals which turned into fast-break scores to go ahead, 7-6. With a 14-10 Viking lead with 2:17 left in the period, McMurry, Xavien Burleson and Jackson scored eight successive points for a 17-12 Bryan lead it never lost.

The buzz was about McMurry and his long-range accuracy.

"I knew he could shoot," said Reese. "I saw him light up a game this summer in a tournament. We just are not real big. We try to rely on our shooting, defense and trusting in one another. I think these kids have bought into our philosophy and that team concept worked well for us today."

It seemed each time Shoemaker could pull close, McMurry would drop another three. The Vikes were in control by 33-28 at halftime.

McMurry missed his first trey in the early moments of the second half, but dropped two more to finish with seven treys. A lot of subs got into the game in the fourth period and helped hold off the Grey Wolves near the end.

Bryan 71 Killeen Shoemaker 60

(numbers indicate field goals, free throws-free throw attempts, fouls, points)

SHOEMAKER (11-5, 0-1) - Jamal Skipper 2 0-0 5 4, Jeremiah Rawsaw 1 0-0 0 2, Andre Bibb 1 0-0 1 3, T.J. Dennis 2 0-1 0 6, Calvin Glass 1 0-2 0 2, J.R. Brown 6 0-0 0 12, Ben Tharpe 1 0-0 0 0 2, Chris Poullard 1 1-2 2 3, Jamar Beasley 6 2-3 4 15, Keith Smith 6 1-2 3 13. Totals: 27 4-10 15 60.

BRYAN (11-4, 1-0) - Allyn Cooks 4 0-2 2 8, Tim Green 2 0-0 1 4, Xavien Burleson 2 0-0 2 6, Tyrone McMurry 7 2-2 3 23, Ricky Taylor 2 2-5 2 6, Leslie Jackson 5 2-3 0 12, Artrell Woods 0 0-0 1 0, Jody Golsan 0 0-0 0 0, Chris Ellis 1 0-0 1 3, Brandon Webster 3 1-4 1 7. Totals: 26 7-16 14 71.

Shoemaker 16 12 14 14 - 60

Bryan 20 13 14 24 - 71

3-point shots: Shoemaker, Bibb 1, Dennis 2. Bryan, Burleson 2, McMurry 7.

JV: Bryan 56, Shoemaker 49. (B) Royston Lister 21.

Freshman: Bryan Silver 78, Shoemaker 30. (B) Nelson Traylor 23, Treveon Odom 16, Albert Garza 11. Bryan Blue 64, Shoemaker 55. (B) Jonathan Allen 15, Josh Saldivar 14.

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