It wasn’t exactly as smooth as it could’ve been.
But a win is a win.
The Cleburne Yellow Jackets won its second straight game on Tuesday, knocking off the visiting Aledo Bearcats in a District 8-4A contest, 54-42.
“Our kids showed a lot of character tonight,” Cleburne head coach Jeff Cody said. “We weren’t real smooth offensively tonight, but we defended and rebounded well. We buckled down and fought. Our kids showed character.”
With the victory, Cleburne improved to 15-13 overall, 7-5 in the district standings. Aledo, already eliminated from postseason contention, dropped to 14-14 on the season, 2-10 in the league.
The Jackets jumped out to an early six-point advantage, but Aledo battled back to take a 12-9 lead thanks to eight points from Chase Reynolds.
However, Cleburne owned a 15-14 advantage at the end of the first period as Brett Fisher and Desean Thomas each drained three-pointers during the final minute of the frame.
The two teams were tied twice in the opening moments of the second period, before Scotty Walden knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to give Cleburne a six-point edge again.
Despite four more points from Reynolds a little later, Cleburne still managed to take a six-point advantage into the locker room, 29-23.
Buckets by Daniel Ford and Reynolds cut the deficit to two points within the first minute of play in the second half.
But Cleburne responded with a 13-5 surge, getting 10 of those points from Field Reagan, as he began to dominate in the post. By the end of the third quarter, the Jackets were in control, 42-32.
Aledo never got any closer as the Jackets picked up the victory.
Reagan led the way for Cleburne with 20 points and seven rebounds as he was the lone Jacket in double figures.
Walden added nine points, while Fisher and Anderson each finished with six points.
“Scotty and Brett are stroking the ball pretty well right now,” Cody said. “That extra time they have spent on shooting the ball is beginning to pay off.”
Reynolds paced Aledo with 19 points, including four three-pointers.
The Jackets go on the road Friday for a district game against the Alvarado Indians. Tipoff is slated for about 8 p.m.
Cleburne 54, Aledo 42
ALEDO (14-14, 2-10): Chase Reynolds 19, Daniel Ford 9, Will Saint 9, Shaun Vance 5.
CLEBURNE (15-13, 7-5): Field Reagan 20, Scotty Walden 9, Ethan Anderson 6, Brett Fisher 6, Desean Thomas 5, Nick Passalugo 3, Cameron Lehrmann 2, Jared Hance 2, Anthony Crowder 1.
Aledo.....14 9 9 10—42
Cleburne....15 14 13 12—54
Halftime score: Cleburne 29, Aledo 23. Three-point goals: Aledo 4 (Reynolds 4), Cleburne 5 (Fisher 2, Walden 2, Thomas 1). Rebounds: Aledo 21 (Saint 5), Cleburne 32 (Anderson, Passalugo, Reagan 7). Assists: Aledo 3 (Saint 2), Cleburne 13 (Thomas 7). Steals: Aledo 8 (Reynolds 3), Cleburne 5 (Thomas 2). Blocked shots: Aledo 2 (Saint, Ford 1), Cleburne 0. Total fouls: Aledo 17, Cleburne 18. Turnovers: Aledo 13, Cleburne 15.
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