For the second consecutive game, the Brookfield boys' basketball team dropped a game that coach Jerod Gillman believed was there to be won.

The Bulldogs lost to Carrollton Wednesday night, 45-44, in a game in which they led at the half and had a one-point lead in the final minute.

With 15 seconds remaining, Jacob Day drove the home fans zany when he knocked down a three-pointer to give the 'Dogs a 44-43 lead. Following a timeout, Carrollton covered the length of the floor and cupped a routine layup in just three seconds.

"I kind of blew it," Gillman admitted. "I didn't explain what we needed to do very well, and it ended up costing us a chance at a win.

"We're disappointed, but I'm pleased with the team's progress. We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere. Tonight was very exciting."

Twelve seconds was not enough time for the Bulldogs to get an effective look, and Brookfield falls to 0-2.

The Bulldogs led 20-18 at the half before allowing a 9-0 run to begin the third quarter. Brookfield closed the gap to 35-32 at the end of the third, and regained the lead with 2:30 remaining before going cold for the next two-and-a-half minutes.

Day led all scorers with 19 points, and was the only Bulldog in double figures in scoring. Nick Jones and Stephan Montgomery both finished with seven points, Cooper Cisna had six, and no other Brookfield player posted more than two.

The Bulldogs play in next week's Higginsville tournament.