ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions' postseason fate will be determined Tuesday following Friday night's 81-37 loss to the District 5-4A champion No. 9 Abilene Wylie Bulldogs.
The Lions (20-9, 4-3) will host Sweetwater (9-16, 3-4) at 7:30 p.m. at Warren Gym where a Brownwood victory would lock up the second seed in the playoffs for the second year in a row. A loss, and the Lions would finish tied for second with Sweetwater, but the Mustangs would receive the No. 2 seed due to sweeping the season series. Brownwood would be the No. 3 seed.
In Friday's loss to Wylie (28-3, 7-0), the Lions witnessed the Bulldogs knock down 16 three-pointers. Wylie — which was at full strength, unlike its 65-45 victory in Brownwood — led the Lions 25-7 after one quarter, 45-17 at halftime and 64-25 through three frames.
Tommy Bowden tallied a team-best six points for Brownwood trailed by five each from Blake Bronniman, Sean Yoder and Blaize Infinger, four apiece from Zach Strong and Xavier Porter, three each from Jared Cullins and Isyah Campos and two points from Gavon Clemons.
Wylie was led by 20 points from Steven Lopez, 15 from Kyle Roberts and 10 from Dylan Isenhower, who did not play in the first meeting.