The Brookfield boys' basketball team traveled to Macon on Friday night, and was unable to compete with the Tigers after the early stages of the game. The Bulldogs fell 77-45, and the game was played under running-clock conditions for a majority of the fourth quarter.
"They have a tough, tough schedule, but they're a very good basketball team," Brookfield coach Jerod Gillman said of Friday night's adversary. "Sometimes we struggle to get five guys out there that really know where to go and what to do. Playing back-to-back nights makes it difficult to face a different style of foe and different style of team."
Macon advances to 9-13 with the victory. The Bulldogs fall to 2-18, and by the time of this publication, will have played Marceline on the road on Monday night. The 'Dogs then finish out their regular season with home games against Monroe City and Lawson this week.
After quickly falling behind 12-2, the Bulldogs scored the next six points of the game and were able to hang around. Macon then went on a six-point run of its own, and took an 18-8 lead into the second quarter. By the end of the second period, Macon had extended its lead to 39-21 and had total control of the basketball game.
Brookfield had some quality offensive possessions throughout the third quarter, but the Tigers' defensive aggression suffocated the Bulldogs for most of the game and Macon scored easy buckets in transition often.
"Our boys battled back a little bit, and we started to figure out where the ball needs to go and where it shouldn't go," Gillman said, "but we had too many lapses where we couldn't get much done on offense and found ourselves in poor position on defense. I see our guys improving at little things each day, but for such a young bunch, we need some practice time."
Bulldog freshman Derek Liebhart was his team's only scorer in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Jeremy Williams finished with seven points, and Nick Jones added six.
Macon's Jamison Hogsett led all scorers with 21 points.