Central Catholic fends off Sam Houston for 8th-straight win; East Central makes up 17-point deficit to beat Reagan
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, Sam Houston.
Edison outscored the host Voks 10-7 in overtime to win 59-46 at Lanier Friday in the District 28-4A season opener for both teams. It was the fifth win in six games for the Golden Bears (12-9).
“We were fortunate to knock down some free throws at the end,” Edison coach Art Vela said. “We got the lead and we maintained it. In regulation, both teams had a chance to win it at the end. I think we were able to get into a little better rhythm in the second half.
“We made some shots, hit our free throws and were able to control the ball more.”
Lanier (14-4, 0-1), ranked No. 20 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state Class 4A poll, led 15-7 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime.
“We definitely had some good stretches in the first half, and we also had some lulls,” Lanier coach Rudy Bernal said. “We let them get a little closer after halftime. In the third quarter, we were able to regain a nice lead, but we let it slip away in the fourth quarter.”
Edison began its comeback by outscoring the Voks 14-7 in the third quarter.
Junior Lorenzo Vela led Edison with 22 points. Senior Justin Torres added 11 points and Jared Zapata scored 10.
“In the first half, our matchups were downright terrible on defense,” Vela said. “Our intensity wasn’t there. At halftime, we made some adjustments on defense and also on offense. We were getting erratic (offensively), and we started to control the ball more – and our defense picked up a notch. They pretty much controlled the game the whole first half.”
For Lanier, senior Ajax Reyes scored a team-high 20 points. Rodrigo Garcia also was in double figures with 10 points. Senior post Nicholas Garcia finished with nine points.
“These guys remember that we lost two big scorers to graduation with Joe Luis Gonzales and Martin Sanchez,” Bernal said. “They were two really good three-point shooters. We don’t have that right now, so our scoring has to come from different areas of the floor. We have to do some different things to score.”
Central Catholic 67, Sam Houston 62
The Buttons (11-6) won their eighth-consecutive game Friday at Sam Houston (8-7). Central Catholic rolleto a 40-19 halftime lead, but the Hurricanes made it close in the end.
Senior guard P.J. Escobar led Central Catholic with 24 points. Tony Lewis contributed 15 points. Chris Paz scored eight
For the Sam Houston, senior Jordon Harris was the top scorer with 17 points. Juwan Anderson scored 13 points. Sophomore Raymonte Prime chipped in with 10. Robert Christian provided eight points.
East Central 67, Reagan 57
The Hornets (10-6) outscored Reagan (7-7) 33-16 in the second half to win the non-district game Saturday afternoon at East Central. The Rattlers led 41-34 at halftime.
Senior guard Ceddrick Ali led East Central with 17 points. Brandon McClure chipped in with 11 points. Jeremy Jones and sophomore Ethan White each scored 10 points.
Highlands 71, Burbank 65
The Owls (6-10, 1-0) notched their second solid victory of the week, defeating Burbank (8-9, 0-1) Friday at Lanier on the first night of District 28-4A season.
Highlands, which defeated Southwest in overtime Tuesday, established an 18-12 lead in the first quarter but the Bulldogs were within four points entering the final quarter.
Sophomore DeMarcus Hartfield led the Owls with 21 points. Jamaria Moody scored 12 points. Jacob Cedillo, Joseph Jackson, JerMichael Shirley and Xavier Long all had seven points apiece.
Moses Montalvo led a typically balanced Bulldogs lineup with 12 points. Michael Mascorro and Jordan Santos each contributed eight points.
Harlandale 66, Medina Valley 44
Harlandale (9-4, 1-0) blitzed Medina Valley (9-10, 0-1) Friday in Castroville, outscoring the Panthers 44-10 in the first half.
Joshua Rodriguez supplied a team-best 13 points for Harlandale. Armando Guerrero, George Rodriguez and Guy Vargas each finished with 10 points. Ram Torres recorded nine points.
Brackenridge 68, Fox Tech 32
The Eagles (10-9, 1-0) started their District 28-4A season with a commanding win over the Buffaloes (1-16, 0-1) Friday at Brackenridge.
Sophomore post Richard Wallace led Brackenridge with 16 points. Nathan Avila scored 11 points and Everett Patino added eight.
Senior Santos Vargas scored 10 points for Fox Tech.
Memorial 81, Southside 64
The Minutemen (6-12, 1-0) raced to a 37-21 halftime lead over the Cardinals (5-14, 0-1) in the District 28-4A opener for both teams Friday at Edgewood Gym.
Junior guard Bryan Obregon led Memorial with 28 points. Xavier Abrigo contributed 19 points. Senior Joe Aguilar scored 14.
Junior David Garza was the leading scorer for Southside, scoring 21 points. Post Drevon Brown added 19.