The Bremen High School boys' basketball team showed no signs of fatigue from its jam-packed, mid-December schedule on Tuesday night by holding control over a local foe.
Head coach Josh Carter's Blue Devils never relinquished their lead at home versus rival Temple as they cruised to a hard-fought 45-30 victory.
Bremen (3-5) dictated the tempo of the game from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 14-6 lead to end the first quarter.
Visiting Temple (2-7) would briefly make it a ballgame again as a pair from sophomore Mekhilen Stegall brought the Tigers back to within striking distance.
But that would be short-lived as Bremen forward Jason Houston started to impose his will in the paint. The big junior finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Coming out of halftime with a 29-17 lead, the Blue Devils started to create some separation from their counterparts as quick 3s from Austin Stanford and Dalton Smith brought the home faithful to their feet.
The domination would continue for the Blue and White into the fourth as multiple Blue Devil standouts, including Charlie Crafton, Nate Daniels and Ben Barrow got in on the scoring action for the 15-point BHS victory.
Coming off the 84-75 loss to Mount Zion just 24 hours earlier, Carter was proud of the way his guys came out out firing on Tuesday.
"I thought the kids' effort was great," Carter said. "Playing four games in five days, I thought the effort was the biggest thing to be proud of. Especially coming off the Mount Zion game where we're going up and down the floor in a fast paced game that we kind of let slip away, to come back and respond like this was awesome."
Sitting at 3-5 with next week's Haralson County tournament looming, Carter and his team feel like the time is perfect to put behind some of the setbacks from earlier this month and prove how good they are in 2017-18.
"We really think that we're better than what are record shows," Carter said. "We've lost two games by a basket and we feel like we've outplayed a lot of our opponents, even in losses. Our defensive effort has been unbelievable and it's putting ourselves in the right spots. It's our best attribute, for sure."
Bremen will next be in action this Friday at 4:30 p.m. versus rival Bowdon. Temple returns to action next week at Haralson County.