E-T Staff Report

Dublin head boys basketball coach Richard Pringle likely felt as if he won two games Tuesday night, not just one.

His Lions won their season opener in convincing fashion, punishing host Itasca 61-38 in a game that was originally scheduled to be in Dublin but was moved after a water main break forced the school to shut down operations for the day.

The head coach probably felt as if his team picked up a second win with the return of 6-8 post Jakob Damstra, who missed the preseason with a broken foot.

"I thought out starters played well and then I was able to insert Damstra…and that seemed to really pick up our energy level," Pringle said.

With Damstra and fellow post Jonathan Pringle, who stands 6-3, the Lions have more size than the majority of their 2A competitors.

It certainly showed against Class A Itasca, as Pringle posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Damstra scored eight points in 22 minutes.

Hunter Turner led all scorers with 17 points while Cort Timmons netted 12 and Aaron Callaway chipped in with six.

Dublin hits the road to take on large new school, Burleson Centennial, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.