BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT: East Central grabs first place in 28-5A battle with Steele

Memorial pulls away from Kennedy in second half

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

Memorial senior Joe Aguilar (15) led the Minutemen with 20 points.

Memorial senior Joe Aguilar (15) led the Minutemen with 20 points.


Memorial's Daniel Flores (22) tries to knock a rebound away from Kennedy's Vincent Rios (15).

Memorial’s Daniel Flores (22) tries to knock a rebound away from Kennedy’s Vincent Rios (15).

Daniel Flores (22) of Memorial establishes rebounding position against a pair of Kennedy players, including Jose Espinoza (23).

Daniel Flores (22) of Memorial establishes rebounding position against a pair of Kennedy players, including Jose Espinoza (23).

In a game to determine first place in District 28-5A, East Central asserted home rule. As in, Steele wasn’t going to win in the Hornets’ house.

The Hornets (17-7, 3-0) took charge early and amassed a 45-29 halftime lead. In big games this year, East Central has let opponents catch up in the second half. That didn’t happen Friday. Although Steele (12-12, 2-1) outscored the Hornets by two in the second half at Stan Bonewitz Center, the hosts cruised to a 76-62 victory.

It was East Central’s sixth-consecutive win.

Hornets senior post Albert Jimenez made a statement of his own, recording a career-high 29 points. Senior point guard Ceddrick Ali chipped in 17 points. Brandon McClure supplied 11 points and Jeremy Jones had 10.

Memorial 72, Kennedy 57

Memorial (8-16, 3-4) made its second-half shots Friday at Edgewood Gym to subdue archrival Kennedy (3-20, 1-6). It was the second-consecutive win in the series for the Minutemen.

The Minutemen, who share fourth place in  District 29-4A with Medina Valley (12-13, 3-4), clung to a 29-28 lead at halftime. They turned up the heat thereafter, scoring 43 points in the last 16 minutes.

Memorial senior wing Joe Aguilar was the game’s top scorer with 20 points. Xavier Abrigo supplied 13 points. Bryan Obregon added nine points.

Kennedy was led by junior Isaac Castro with 14 points. Mark Esquivel contributed 13 points. Benny Trevino scored eight points.

Highlands 52, Brackenridge  48

The Owls (11-12, 5-2) got underway with a strong first quarter and held off Brackenridge (12-14, 2-5) down the stretch for a District 28-4A victory.

Highlands jumped out to an 18-9 first-quarter lead, but the Eagles fought back to within 24-22 at halftime.

Demarcus Hartfield produced a team-high 23 points for Highlands. The Owls received 13 points from JerMichael Shirley. Jamaria Moody finished with nine points.

Gabe Hildebrand led Brackenridge with 15 points. Sophomore Richard Wallace added 13 points. Davonte Anderson scored eight.

The Eagles are part of a three-way tie for fifth place with Burbank (11-14, 2-5) and Jefferson (6-17, 2-5).

Sam Houston 95, Pleasanton 49

The Hurricanes (15-9, 3-0) have won their first three District 28-3A games by an average margin of 32.3 points following a victory Friday at Pleasanton (7-14, 1-2).

Sam Houston rolled to a 28-7 first-quarter lead.

Senior Jordon Harris (21 points) was the top scorer among 12 Hurricanes in the scoring column. Devin Allen added 12 points. Jawon Anderson and Kendall Ellis each contributed nine points. Dewayne Brown and Brandon Seals each accounted for eight points.

Lanier 38, Burbank 33

The first half belonged to Burbank, but the fourth-place Voks (17-7, 3-3) rallied to claim a District 28-4A victory Saturday at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Burbank established a 20-15 halftime lead. Lanier bolted into the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 8-2 in the quarter.

Freshman post Isaiah Vargas was Lanier’s team-high scorer with 12 points. Senior point guard Louis Garza finished with eight points and classmate Rodrigo Garcia scored seven.

Juan Castillo led fhe Bulldogs with nine points. Michael Mascorro scorerd eight.

South San 70, Corpus Christi King 59

The Bobcats (12-12, 2-1) moved up to a tie for second place with a District 28-5A win Friday at South San. South San is tied with Corpus Christi Carroll and Steele.

South San led 16-13 at the end of the quarter and steadily built its lead.

Senior wing Eric Alcozer led South San with 22 points. Olando Lopez contributed 19 points. Jesus Samarripas chipped in 14 points.

Edison 50, Jefferson 30

Edison (16-9, 5-1) got a strong challenge from the Mustangs in the first half, but wore them down in the last 16 minutes for a District 28-4A victory Friday at Lanier.

Jefferson led 9-6 in the first quarter and trailed just 23-21 at halftime. Edison slipped away by outscoring the Mustangs 17-5 in the third quarter.

Senior Justin Torres led Edison with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Senior Justin Rodriguez finished with eight points. Antonio Alvarado, Andy Castro (3 steals) and Jared Zapata all grabbed six rebounds for the Golden Bears.

Jefferson received 13 points from Brandon Garcia and nine from Jordan DeLuna.

Corpus Christi Carroll 82, Southwest 81 (OT)

For the second-straight Friday, Southwest (5-19, 0-3) incurred a heart-breaking District 28-5A loss on the road. The Dragons led by 13 points in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold off a ferocious comeback by host Carroll (2-1 in district) to send the game into overtime.

Individual scoring for Southwest was unavailable.

About Mike Considine (1352 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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