After a tough go of things on Tuesday evening, Brookfield's boys' basketball team turned around the following evening to face Mexico in the third-place game of the Macon Invitational Tournament.
On Tuesday, things got out of control late in the first half against one-loss Palmyra at home in the Clarence Cannon opener. The Bulldogs stayed right with the Panthers in the early stages, and the game was tied at 8-8 midway through the first quarter. The half ended on a long Palmyra run, and the Bulldogs couldn't stop the bleeding against a lengthy, dynamic Palmyra press.
Palmyra held a 31-12 halftime lead, and disallowed the Bulldogs from getting back into the game in the second half, winning 59-27.
First-year Brookfield coach Carey Davison was pleased with how his team turned around the following evening without having had a practice. In a makeup of a game originally supposed to be played Saturday, Brookfield fell to Class 4 Mexico, 70-56, but were right in the thick of things in the second half.
An athletic, dynamic press by its opponent led Brookfield to get off to another sluggish start, but after harboring a 45-28 deficit at halftime, the Bulldogs managed to cut the difference to as little as eight points in the fourth quarter.
"We started the game the same way as we did on Tuesday, but we punched back a lot better, and I'm proud of our guys for that," Davison said. "Down the stretch, we battled back and just ran out of gas. We had some guys step up, and if we keep showing up and get some practices in, we'll get our groove back."
In Wednesday's game, Carsen Beckman had a team-high 15 points for Brookfield. Jacob Day finished with 12, and Cooper Cisna had nine. Derek Liebhart had seven points, including a 30-foot bomb as time expired at the end of the third, getting Brookfield back within single-digits for the first time since the beginning of the second quarter.
Brookfield, now 10-7, will have a chance to halt its three-game losing streak Friday night in Highland.