Braves pick up pace late, thump Rangers

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Brett McCory took matters into his own hands, and his teammates followed suit.

In Friday’s first-round matchup against Forest Park in the Graber Post Buildings Classic, the Brownstown Central boys basketball team fought to pull even at 20 with 1:20 left in the first half. But in the final 10 seconds, the Braves gave up a pair of 3-pointers to trail by six at the break.

McCory bullied his way ­inside for half of his team’s first-half points, and a halftime pep talk got his team in gear. The Braves outscored the Rangers 38-14 in the second half for a 58-40 victory.

“We just weren’t ready to play, and that starts with us leaders — me, Skylar (Thompson), Chase (Klinge) and Chaz (Schneider),” McCory said. “We’ve just got to have the team ready to play from the get-go. We didn’t do a very good job of that tonight.”

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