The Saltillo Lions’ basketball team lost a close one, 58-54, to Bland on the road on Tuesday.
The Lions led by one, 13-12, after the first quarter. Bland used a big 19 point second quarter to take a 31-24 lead at the half. The Lions fought back in the third quarter and trimmed the lead to just four, 43-39, after three quarters. Then Bland hung on to win.
The Lions got 15 points from Lyle Bench. Trevor Moore had 14 points. Adam Valenzuela added 11 points. Walker McGill had 7, Ryan Prewitt 3, Branson McGill 2 and Logan Camp 2.
The Lions play next on December 27 against Mt. Vernon in the Mt. Vernon Classic. The Lions entered the Bland game Tuesday having won the consolation championship in a McLeod tournament last weekend. They defeated DeKalb in the consolation final, 52-46. They also defeated Maud and Bloomburg and lost to Avery, Atlanta and Queen City.