Burnet making solid statement in 19-4A

Two wins last week pushed the Bulldogs overall record to an impressive 17-8, 7-1 in district play and has them sitting high at second place in 19-4A. The Lampasas Badgers are still knocking down teams left and right and have a stronghold on first place with an undefeated record, but the Dawgs will be visiting the Badgers this Friday and team Green has a score to settle. Lampasas is responsible for the only blemish on the Dawgs district record, and that was a last second win aided by a foul that put the Badgers at the line. This is a game you won’t want to miss. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m., Badger gym. Last week Burnet defeated Taylor on Tuesday at home and Salado on Friday on the road. The Bulldogs had an impressive offensive first quarter performance against the Ducks scoring 19 points led by Drew Kiser and Caelin Graves who each posted six, but Taylor kept pace and the first ended 19-14. Burnet once again had the upper hand in the second, taking the quarter 18-13 to move their advantage to 37-27 at the break. The third completely took away any hopes the Ducks may have had for a comeback. The Bulldogs hit five three-pointers in the period. Two by Ryan Robertson, two by Graves and a fifth by Kiser. The three boys combined efforts for 26 points in the period and with just eight-minutes left to play it was all Burnet, 63-36. Coach Roy Kiser pulled the Dawgs back a bit in the fourth, but they still scored 15 aided by three more treys and the game soon came to a close, 78-46. Graves led the gym with 25 points, all of which came from the floor. That total included five three-pointers and five two-point buckets. Kiser was also on fire with 23. His points also all come from the floor with three treys and seven twos. Robertson found his way to double-digits with 14. He hit three three-points, an and one, and a two-point shot. Kyle Cavender finished the game with six, followed by Jordan Godfrey and Blaine Burkhalter who each scored five. As a team Burnet made 13 shots from outside the arc with five different players cashing them in. On Friday in Salado the Eagles thought they might have a chance early, but that’s before they were properly introduced to Ryan Robertson. Mid-way through the first it was a close contest with Burnet only leading 7-5. That’s when Robertson went off. He hit five-straight buckets for the Dawgs, four of which were from outside the arc. When he finished up his lesson midway through the second period the Dawgs were up, 21-11. Kiser and Carlos Herrera followed with two quick shots and another Robertson three ended the half, 28-16. Cavender opened the third with a three, Kiser and Graves soon followed suit, and one more Kiser bucket before the buzzer had Burnet on top, 39-21. Freshman Blaine Burkhalter drew cheers for a fourth quarter and one, and the Dawgs continued their dominance for the 52-36 win. Robertson finished with a gym leading 18, followed by Kiser, 14; Graves, nine; Cavender, seven; Burkhalter, three; and Herrera, two. Burnet hosted Llano on Tuesday but the big game this week will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Lampasas. You don’t want to miss this one and the Dawgs would love your support.

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