After splitting with Hubbard and Crawford Monday, Dublin (11-6) blew out Meridian Tuesday morning to capture third place in the Division II boys field of the Underwood’s Christmas Classic in Brownwood.

Johnathan Pringle scored 17 points  and Jesse Bamber added 16 as the Lions thumped Meridian 62-31 in the third place game.

The Lions began tournament action with a 52-47 win against Hubbard. Dublin built a 35-13 halftime lead then held off a furious Hubbard rally in the second half.

“They were pretty good, real quick,” Dublin head coach Richard Pringle said. “It’s a good thing we played as well as we did in the first half because we couldn’t do anything in the second half, mainly because they chased us all over the floor. They’ll hurt a lot of teams in Class A with their athleticism.”

Hunter Turner had 13 points in the opener, follwed by Bamber with 12.

The Lions fell to Crawford 50-42 in the semifinals, sending them to the third place game.

“It was a defensive battle the whole way. Neither team shot the ball well,” Pringle said of the semifinal. “We were down 13-7 in the first and played from behind the whole way and just couldn’t catch them.”

Turner had 16 in the loss and was joined in double figures by Aaron Calloway with 14.

Dublin begins District 8-2A play on Saturday when Coleman visits Roy and Lynn Neff Gym. The boys game tips off at approximately 5:30 p.m. following a 4 p.m. girls contest.