With the Christmas holiday now behind the Dublin Lions, the team got back to work Tuesday with their opening games of the Breckenridge Lions Club Basketball Tournament.
The Lions started their day early with a 7:30 a.m. tipoff against Jacksboro. An early start didn't slow down Dublin's potent offense as the Lions continued right where they left off offensively before the holiday with an 83-64 win.
Jacksboro essentially found their fate sealed in the first quarter.
Dublin's Rayce Jackson scored 15 of his team's 31 points in the first quarter while Jacksboro managed to only score 14 total as a team.
The 17-point deficit grew to 25 points by halftime as Dublin held onto a 53-28 lead at the break.
Jacksboro was more competitive in the second half, but with Dublin already leading by double-digits the Lions eventually coasted to a 19-point win.
Jackson ended the game with 22 points, while Brady Moore led the team with 23 points. Also scoring in double digits was Jeremiah Martinez who scored 12 points off of four three-point shots.
The Lions rode that momentum into their second game of the tournament Tuesday afternoon as they also defeated Cisco by double digits, 84-64.
Once again, Dublin got off to a quick start as they built a seven point, 23-16, lead on the Loboes after the first quarter.
The Lions maintained their offensive consistency in the second quarter, adding another 21 points to their tally, while holding Cisco to only 16 points - good enough for a 44-32 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Brady Moore scored eight points, while Brayden Burleson added six more, to seal the win.
"You never know what a team is going to do coming off of this long break. You can tell that the guys found a place to shoot and stay fresh though," said Dublin head coach Will Parker. "We preach how the best teams continue to get better and we can't let our losing streak against Lipan and DeLeon before this or a long break prevent us from staying course."
Dublin will be back in action in the tournament Wednesday when they take on Albany at 7:30 a.m. and Breckenridge at 1:30 p.m.