East Central smashes Carroll in 28-5A opener; Jefferson & McCollum win in OT
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston.
Central Catholic (16-6) ran its winning streak to 13 games Saturday night with a convincing non-district win at St. Gerard.
Central Catholic bolted to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter and was ahead 35-22 at intermission.
Senior guard P.J. Escobar led Central Catholic with 17 points. Chad Plummer scored 16. Frontcourt players Tony Lewis and Daniel Kellum supplied 12 and nine points, respectively.
Rosco Parsons led St. Gerard with 22 points.
East Central 81, Corpus Christi Carroll 55
In recent years, Corpus Christi Carroll has been a thorn in East Central’s side at times. The teams could almost always be counted on to go wire to wire before a winner was determined.
That all changed Friday at the Stan Bonewitz Center in the first district game for both teams.
The host Hornets (15-7, 1-0) battled to a 12-6 lead in the opening quarter and gradually turned up the tempo on Carroll, which is considered a contender to defend its District 28-5A title despite losing a couple of key players from 2012-13 to graduation.
East Central amassed 52 second-half points Friday. The Hornets led 29-23 at halftime, then limited the Tigers to 10 points in the third quarter. They entered the final period with a 52-33 advantage.
Senior guard Brandon McClure led the Hornets with 17 points. Backcourt partner Ceddrick Ali added 11 points. Senior post Albert Jimenez provided nine points. Jeremy Jones and Wanya Ward, the Hornets big-play duo during football season, scored eight points apiece.
Jefferson 49, Brackenridge 45 (OT)
Both teams had seemed to turn up their level of play a notch entering the week.
While the Mustangs (6-16, 2-3) claimed a potential signature victory in overtime Friday at the Alamo Convocation Center, Brackenridge (11-12, 2-3) incurred its second-straight tough loss. The Eagles lost Tuesday to co-District 28-4A leader Edison.
Jefferson launched itself into the 28-4A playoff conversation this week with a 58-40 win over Fox Tech Tuesday and the overtime decision over Brackenridge.
Brackenridge built a 22-17 halftime lead, but the Mustangs pulled even at 26 -26 as the third quarter ended. Regulation ended in a 41-41 tie.
Anthony Friere led Jefferson with 12 points. Alex Gamboa and Brandon Garcia each scored nine points.
Sophomore Nathan Avila led the Eagles with 12 points. Davonte Anderson and Gabe Hildebrand scored eight points each.
Despite the losses, Brackenridge has gotten stronger. All-district football quarterback Ramon Richards, a starter on the Eagles’ 2012-13 team, returned to the court.
McCollum 68, Kennedy 64 (OT)
A rivalry is building between these District 29-4A teams, and Friday’s contest at Edgewood Gym threw a lot of fuel onto the fire.
The Cowboys (14-9, 4-1), which is sharing second place with rival Harlandale, exacted a measure of revenge on Kennedy (3-18, 1-4) for the way its 2012-13 season ended. The Rockets denied McCollum a playoff appearance by winning a 29-4A fourth-place playoff game.
Friday, McCollum dug a trench for Kennedy, opening a 13-6 lead in the first quarter. The Rockets, though, gradually worked their way back to even ground.
Kennedy remained within striking distance at halftime, though McCollum led 28-22. The Cowboys re-asserted themselves in the third quarter and took a 13-point lead into the final eight minutes. The Rockets forced overtime by outscoring McCollum 23-10 in the fourth quarter.
McCollum prevailed in an uptempo overtime period by outscoring Kennedy 12-8.
Joey Villarreal led McCollum with 19 points. Senior guard Nathan Martinez contributed 13 points. Tre Johnson scored 10.
Rockets senior Eric Moncada was the game-high scorer with 21 points. Vincent Rios fired in 13 points and Mark Esquivel supplied 11. Isaac Castro collected eight points for the Rockets.
Harlandale 103, Southside 56
The Indians (15-9, 4-1) produced their highest scoring output in several seasons Friday at Harlandale. It was the most points Harlandale had scored since hitting 90 Jan. 5, 2010 against Southside.
Harlandale’s previous highest scoring total this year was 84 points Dec. 28 against Wimberley.
Senior guard Jesus Maltos led the Indians attack with a career-high 32 points. Joshua Rodriguez (16 points), Guy Vargas (12) and Ram Torres (10) also were double-figure scorers. Jon Henry Campos scored eight points.
Senior post Drevon Brown led Southside (6-18, 1-4) with 15 points. Ben Phillips supplied 11 points and Rogelio Diaz added 10.
Harlandale led 24-4 after a quarter and 53-21 at halftime. The Indians fired in 50 points in the second half.
Holy Cross 49, San Marcos Academy 30
The Knights (5-17, 1-0) opened their TAPPS District 3-4A season with a convincing win over San Marcos Academy at Holy Cross.
Holy Cross kept the Bears scoreless in the first quarter while building a 13-point lead. San Marcos Academy crept within six points entering the final quarter, but Holy Cross put on a 13-4 spurt to finish the game.
Junior guard Eric Contero led Holy Cross with 13 points. Junior post John Autry added 11 points.
Sam Houston 64, Hawkins 45
The defending district champion Hurricanes (13-9, 1-0) began their quest for another 28-3A title with a win over Hawkins (5-18, 0-1) at Sam Houston.
Sam Houston took control from the outset, outscoring the Wolfpack 24-8 in the opening quarter.
Senior guard Jordon Harris led the Hurricanes with 23 points. Freshman Jawon Anderson (11 points) and sophomore Raymonte Prime (10) also scored in double figures. Post Devin Allen accounted for eight points.
Edison 49, Burbank 38
The Golden Bears (16-8, 5-0) remained undefeated in District 28-4A with an impressive win over Burbank (10-13, 1-4) at the Lanier Alumni Center.
Burbank was within 10-8 after a quarter. Edison’s lead had grown to 23-17 at halftime and 34-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Junior Lorenzo Vela produced 17 points, four rebounds and two steals for the Golden Bears, who won their seventh-consecutive game. Justin Torres scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jared Zapata contributed seven points, four rebounds and two steals.
Juan Castillo led Burbank with 14 points. Michael Mascorro scored eight.
The Bulldogs lost their third-straight game.
Lanier 49, Fox Tech 38
The Voks (16-7, 2-3) overwhelmed Fox Tech (1-20, 0-5) in a District 28-4A game Saturday at the Alamo Convocation Center, despite a strong start by the Buffaloes.
Fox Tech pulled within 8-7 with 2:34 left in the first quarter on a jumper from Santos Vargas. The Buffaloes remained close as the quarter ended. Lanier led 13-9 after eight minutes, then outscored Fox Tech 28-5 in the second quarter.
Senior Rodrigo Garcia led a balanced Lanier offense with 12 points. Raul Solis and Brian Laque each scored 10. James Castellano added nine points.
Junior Nick Buys led Lanier with nine points.