Burbank undefeated in first two days to finish fourth at Pride; Central Catholic undefeated at Harlandale ISD Tourney
Highly competitive tournaments have been very kind to Edison recently.
The Golden Bears (11-9) won three of four games last weekend in the Pride of Texas Tournament at Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway. A week earlier, Edison finished second at the Marble Falls Tournament, losing only in the championship game to Alamo Heights, which is No. 1 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state Class 4A rankings.
Edison’s victims at Marble Falls included two of the top 4A teams in the Houston area.
The Golden Bears didn’t have any high-profile victories in Corpus Christi, but won those three games by an average margin of more than 13 points. Edison placed fifth in the tournament, just behind fourth-place Burbank (8-8).
“It went OK,” Edison coach Art Vela said of the Pride of Texas Tournament. “We opened up with Roma and beat them by about 30. Our only loss was to Georgetown, 39-35. I think the guys were a little bit worn out by Saturday.
“Coming off (the Marble Falls tourney) and playing a game (against Kennedy Dec. 10), they didn’t have a lot left by Saturday. But any time you win three of four games in a tournament, you have to be happy.”
For a team that lost five of its first six games this season, the recent accomplishments are a sign of great improvement. It’s important to note that five of those losses were by 10 points or fewer and that they came against tough opponents.
“We’ve worked hard on offense and defense,” Edison senior point guard Justin Torres said. “Last year, we went one-and-out (in the playoffs). We can do well this year. We have good focus and a good work ethic.”
Edison opened the Pride of Texas with a 63-32 win over Roma, which pitted the Golden Bears against Georgetown in the quarterfinals. It was a challenge Vela looked forward to.
“We had our opportunities to advance,” he said. “We did a good job. We played good defense, we just couldn’t hit a basket, to tell the truth, and we missed a lot of free throws.” Edison finished the tournament with a 65-39 win over Orange Grove and a 38-32 victory over Georgetown East View in the fifth-place game. Lorenzo Vela scored 10 points and Andy Castro had nine against East View.
Burbank, which also has made steady improvement since losing its opener 63-43 to Harlandale, beat Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 51-43 and defeated Orange Grove (score unavailable) to reach the semifinals. Second-place Georgetown defeated the Bulldogs 46-30 and lost 56-42 to League City Clear Falls in the third-place game.
The Bulldogs were led by Juan Castillo with nine points in the third-place game.
The Golden Bears open District 28-4A play Friday against Lanier (13-3), No. 20 in the TABC 4A rankings. The 8 p.m. contest takes place at Lanier. Burbank plays a 7:30 p.m. game at Highlands (5-10) in its district opener.
Harlandale ISD Tournament
The Harlandale ISD Tournament doesn’t officially crown a champion, but the winner was clear cut after Saturday’s early afternoon contest. Central Catholic (9-6) prevailed 59-49 over Harlandale (8-5_ in a battle of teams that had won their first four tourney games.
The Buttons, which extended its winning streak to seven games, led just 44-42 entering the fourth quarter in a game that had featured several lead changes. Central Catholic scored the next seven points, then maintained the lead with six-of-six foul shooting from senior guard P.J. Escobar (21 points).
“It was just executing, really,” Escobar said. “We just tried to run our offense and play with energy, and that got us the win. We just played smart with the ball.”
Buttons junior Tony Lewis added 15 points. Harlandale was led by nine points apiece from George Rodriguez and Joshua Rodriguez.
McCollum (10-6) also won its final tournament game, defeating South San 59-41.