Central Catholic claims 9th-consecutive victory; Harlandale closes Hoop Fest with 2 wins
TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Harlandale, Sam Houston, Southwest.
East Central (13-7) and Sam Houston (11-8) each won three of four games over the weekend at the Boerne ISD Tournament.
East Central closed the tournament with a pair of blowout victories Saturday over Laredo United 87-51 and Smithson Valley (14-7) 75-57. Sam Houston split its last two tournament games, defeating Southwest (4-15) 57-55 in overtime and falling 50-47 to San Antonio Christian (23-9).
For East Central, four players scored in double figures against Laredo United, led by senior guard Brandon McClure with 17 points. Senior Albert Jimenez contributed 16 points. Ceddrick Ali chipped in with 14 and junior Hector Sifuentes added 11. Brandon Keno scored nine.
Hornets individual statistics for the Smithson Valley game were unavailable. East Central opened a 25-14 lead in the first quarter and were ahed 49-38 at halftime. EC put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rangers 12-7.
The Hornets only tournament loss was 96-90 to Clemens (17-2) on Friday.
Sam Houston outscored Southwest 8-6 in overtime to claim the win. The Hurricanes led 24-23 at halftime, but the Dragons gained a four-point advantage in the third quarter. Sam Houston won the fourth quarter by a 19-15 count.
Senior guard Jordon Harris led the Hurricanes with 21 points. Junior Devin Allen scored 11.
Southwest received 15 points from 6-foot-4 senior post Ricardo Garcia. Aaron Emby (13 points), Latrel Grant (11) and Sal Martinez (11) also scored in double figures for the Dragons.
Against San Antonio Christian, Sam Houston bolted to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. However, the Lions dominated the next two quarters by a 29-16 count and the Hurricanes were unable to catch up.
Sam Houston individual statistics from the game were unavailable.
Southwest lost another heartbreaker Saturday, falling 61-60 to Seguin (7-13). The Matadors outscored the Dragons 32-18 in the fourth quarter. Southwest had led 30-21 at halftime.
Grant scored a team-high 19 points for the Dragons. Senior Devanta Hayes added 11. Embry and Garcia scored 10 points apiece.
Texan Hoop Fest
Harlandale (12-7) finished its three-day run in Wimberley with a pair of blowout victories. The Indians blasted Hawkins 75-53 and Wimberley 84-28 on Saturday.
Harlandale made 15 of 25 three-point attempts against Wimberley. Senior Brandon Ramon scored 18 points, with help from three 3-pointers. Jose Salinas and Jesus Maltos each made three 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Senior Guy Vargas hit a team-high four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.
Ram Torres and Joshua Rodriguez each contributed 11 points for the Indians. Ramon also added 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior Jacob Martinez dealt a team-high six assists.
` Against Hawkins (5-16), Harlandale got 18 points from Maltos and 14 from Salinas. Maltos, a 5-11 guard, made six 3-pointers and Salinas had four. Torres grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Ramon led the Indians with four assists and six steals.
Central Catholic 57, Floresville 48
Central Catholic (12-6) came back from a halftime deficit Friday in Floresville to extend its winning streak to nine-consecutive games.
The host Tigers (5-11) led 29-25 at halftime. Central Catholic took control in the third quarter, outscoring Floresville 18-7 over eight minutes to pull away for a 57-48 victory.
Senior wing Stuart Lynch led Central Catholic with 18 points. P.J. Escobar contributed 14 points. Tony Lewis added eight points.