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MID-WEEK BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT: Central Catholic beats No. 3 Wagner for 12th-straight victory

McCollum wins third in row; Southwest ends losing streak

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, South San, Southside, Southwest.

Central Catholic (15-6) recorded the most impressive win of its current 12-game winning streak Monday, defeating Wagner 66-54 at the Buttons’ gym. The Thunderbirds (15-5) were No. 3 in the Express-News area rankings.

The Buttons were in control early, outscoring Wagner 26-13 in the first quarter. The Thunderbirds crept within 52-46 at the end of the third quarter. Central Catholic outscored the visitors 14-8 in the final quarter to cement the victory.

Senior point guard P.J. Escobar led the Buttons with 24 points.  Junior post Tony Lewis supplied 17 points and 13 rebounds. Seniors Zac Tingle and Daniel Kellum each added eight points for Central Catholic.

McCollum 63, Medina Valley 48

The Cowboys (13-9, 3-1) notched their third-consecutive win in District 29-4A Tuesday, defeating Medina Valley (10-12, 1-3) at McCollum.

McCollum, which shares second place with Harlandale (14-9, 3-1), outscored the Panthers 36-23 in the second half, accounting for 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Cowboys had a slim 27-25 halftime lead.

Nathan Martinez led four double-figure scorers for McCollum with 17 points. Trey Johnson added  14 points. Joey Villarreal scored 12 points and Cosmo Cantu chipped in with 11.

Six-foot-5 senior Joseph Dauphin led Medina Valley with 15 points.

Southwest 72, New Braunfels 67

The Dragons (5-16) ended a seven-game losing streak with a quality road win Monday at New Braunfels (11-11). Southwest outscored the Unicorns 15-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Senior Devanta Hayes (4 rebounds, 2 blocked shots) led the Dragons with 19 points.  Aaron Embry finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Guard Brian Perez and post Ricardo Garcia (9 rebounds) each contributed 11 points for Southwest. Nigel Thompson distributed six assists while freshman Tristan Quintana and Tony Rodriguez dealt five apiece.

Aaron Gettys led the Unicorns with 17 points.

Southside 86, Kennedy 84

The Cardinals (6-17, 1-3) prevailed in a battle of scrappy District 29-4A teams Tuesday at Southside to claim its first district win of the season.

Southside stormed to a 2814 lead in the first quarter. Kennedy, which notched its first district win a week earlier, battled to a 43-43 tie at halftime. The Cardinals outscored the Rockets 25-22 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Junior David Garza led Southside with 26 points. Senior post Drevon Brown knocked down 24. Francisco Solis made his presence felt with 17 points.

Kennedy placed five players in double figures, paced by Mark Esquivel and Andrew Rivera with 19 points apiece. Isaac Castro contributed 17 points. Eric Moncada chipped in 13 points. Vincent Rios added 10 points.

Harlandale 57, Memorial 49

The Indians manufactured a little separation from Memorial  (7-11, 1-1) in the second quarter and were able to fend off the Minutemen thereafter Tuesday at Edgewood Gym. Harlandale had a 19-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter.

The Minutemen closed to 14-11 after a quarter and rallied to within 43-36 at the end of the third quarter in the District 28-4A game.

Senior guard Joshua Rodriguez led the Indians with 19 points. Senior Brandon Ramon scored 14.

Senior Joe Aguilar led Memorial with 14 points. Joseph Aguillen, Albert Machado and Adam Villanueva scored nine points apiece.

Edison 49, Brackenridge 30

The Golden Bears (13-8, 2-0) remained undefeated in District 28-4A  while helping to christen the refurbished Alamo Convocation Center with Brackenridge (12-11, 2-2).

Edison took charge in the first quarter, jumping to a 15-6 lead. The Eagles were within 29-20 after three quarters.

Golden Bears senior Justin Torres, usually known for being a distributor, attacked the basket for a team-high 14 points, to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Jared Zapata finished with 12 points on seven-for-eight free-throw shooting. Lorenzo Vela provided 10 points and three steals.

Antonio Alvarado chipped in nine points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Edson Salazar grabbed six rebounds.

Senior Davonte Anderson led Brackenridge with 10 points. Gabe Hildebrand added eight points.

Jefferson 58, Fox Tech 40

The Mustangs (5-15, 1-3) dominated this battle of previously winless District 28-4A teams Tuesday over Fox Tech (1-19, 0-4) at the Lanier Alumni Center.

Brandon Garcia led Jefferson with 17 points. Jordan DeLuna added 14 points.

Senior Santos Vargas led the Buffaloes with 11 points. Nick Buys, Ruben Chapa and Ruben Hernandez all scored eight points.

South San 65, Round Rock Stony Point 62

The Bobcats (10-11) and host Stony Point entered the final quarter tied 40-40, but South San produced 25 points in the final eight minutes to claim the win.

Junior guard Olando Lopez led South San with 15 points. Seniors Eric Alcozer and Jesse Samarripas scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. David Valdez added nine points.

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About Mike Considine (1222 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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