Tuesday's season opener in Brookfield was a story in which the beginning and end were far more captivating than the middle.
The Bulldog boys defeated Putnam County, 62-48, after being tied 48 apiece with two minutes remaining in the game.
Brookfield seniors were the integral parts of the start and finish. Guard Cooper Cisna began the game with 10 straight points in the first two minutes before Putnam County coach Kyle Fleshman was forced to burn his first timeout.
The Midgets paced the Bulldogs throughout the remainder of the first half, and Brookfield took a 37-27 lead into the halftime break.
"Brookfield did a great job of getting every board they could, but we fought back," Fleshman said.
The Bulldogs led 45-39 to begin the fourth quarter, but Putnam had its way on the low block in the early minutes of the final period. Putnam County tied the game at 48-all before towering forward Jacob Day demonstrated his evolution as a basketball player. He hit consecutive three-pointers just under two minutes to give his team a six-point lead.
On the following possession, he forced a turnover and laid one in to extend that lead to eight. Brookfield hit its foul shots to score six more points, and ended the game with a 14-0 run.
Davison earned his first career victory as a head coach on Tuesday night.
"It feels good to get that one," Davison said. "That one can be kind of elusive, but I'm glad that we got it out of the way and we can start building on that. It's great to get a win, but this is still a game that we can learn a lot from. Not only the guys can learn, but I can learn a lot as a coach.
"Out of the halftime break, we played well in the first three minutes, but we got bothered by their press before they tied it up. We tell these kids all the time, basketball is a game of runs. We're really focusing on those runs being in our favor more than in the other team's favor. We're ready to fight for that this year."
Day finished with 26 points, and Cisna had 19. Fellow senior Avery Schreiner posted seven.
Brookfield is back in action in Schuyler County's Tri-Rivers Classic beginning Monday. Putnam County is also in the tournament.