Lanier beats Highlands, ties Owls for third in 28-4A
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston, South San, Southside, Southwest.
Three of Edison’s last four District 29-4A games have been decided by four points or fewer.
The Golden Bears (20-10, 9-2) must be adapting to those close games. They survived a test from fifth-place Brackenridge (14-16, 4-7) Friday at Lanier to post their 20th victory 61-57 and qualify for the postseason. Second-place Edison won its third-consecutive game since losing 45-44 in overtime to Edison Jan. 22.
Edison clinched a playoff spot for at least the fifth-straight season. East Central, Harlandale, McCollum and Sam Houston also qualified for the playoffs Friday.
Brackenridge led Edison 17-10 in the first quarter, but the Golden Bears had forged ahead 34-27 at halftime. Edison maintained a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Jared Zapata had one of his best offensive games for Edison, scoring 22 points on three 3-pointers and five-of-five foul shooting. Zapata also grabbed seven rebounds.
Golden Bears senior Justin Rodriguez added 21 points. Lorenzo Vela (3 assists) and Justin Torres (6 assists, 6 steals, 2 blocked shots). Andy Castro scored eight points.
Brackenridge received 24 points from Gabe Hildebrand. Sophomore Richard Wallace contributed 15 points.
Lanier 51, Highlands 47
The Voks (21-8, 7-4) had a relatively rough introduction to District 28-4A play this season, losing two of their first three games, but they’ve climbed their way into playoff contention. Lanier edged Highlands (14-14, 7-4) Friday at Alamo Convocation Center to earn a tie for third place with the Owls.
How close was it? Lanier led by exactly one point at the end of each of the first three quarters. The Voks scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to assure the win.
Senior Ajax Reyes led the Voks with 11 points. Junior guard Carlos Gutierrez contributed 10 points.
Highlands sophomore Demarcus Hartfield and junior JerMichael Shirley each scored 13 points. Jacob Cedillo produced eight points.
East Central 91, Southwest 61
The Hornets (21-7, 7-0) remained undefeated in District 28-5A with just three games remaining. Their victory over Southwest (8-21, 2-5) qualified first-place East Central for the postseason.
The Dragons are in fifth place, behind South San (13-15, 3-4), which lost 56-45 to Steele Friday.
Southwest was within 24-15 after a quarter. The Hornets pulled away to a 50-27 halftime lead, but fell off their 100-point pace in the third quarter.
Senior Jeremy Jones led East Central with 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and three blocked shots. Point guard Ceddrick Ali finished with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Other key contributors for the Hornets were: Albert Jimenez (13 points, 4 rebounds), Dylan Guerrero (8 points), Brandon Keno (3 steals) and Wanya Ward (3 steals).
Southwest’s top scorer was senior Latrel Grant, who produced one of his season-best point totals (18). Devanta Hayes chipped in 11 points. Brian Perez scored nine and post Ricardo Garcia finished with eight.
Harlandale 89, Memorial 54
The host Indians (20-10, 9-2) outscored Memorial (9-19, 4-7) 20-10 in the first quarter and continued to build on their lead Friday at Harlandale. The victory qualified Harlandale, which shares second place with McCollum in District 29-4A, to earn a playoff bid.
Sophomore Ryan Blanquiz made his debut for Harlandale and scored a team-high 16 points. Senior Jose Salinas netted 15 points. George Rodriguez (13 points) and Ram Torres (10 points) also were double-figure scorers. Brandon Ramon supplied nine points and Jacob Martinez had eight.
Joe Aguilar and Joseph Aguillen scored nine points apiece for the Minutemen.
McCollum 46, Medina Valley 31
The second-place Cowboys (19-10, 9-2) downed fourth-place Medina Valley Friday at Castroville in a District 29-4A game.
McCollum had a slim 15-12 lead over the Panthers after one quarter. By halftime, the Cowboys extended their lead to 22-15. They outscored Medina Valley by eight in the second half.
Nathan Martinez contributed nearly half of McCollum’s point total. The senior finished with 24 points. Jonathan Vasquez scored nine points and Tre Johnson had eight.
Joseph Dauphin led Medina Valley with 21 points.
Kennedy 66, Southside 62
The Rockets (5-22, 3-8) moved into a sixth-place tie with Uvalde by eking out a win over eighth-place Southside (5-24, 1-10) Friday at Kennedy.
The Cardinals bolted to a 24-15 lead in the opening quarter and had a 31-29 advantage at the half. Kennedy outscored Southside 19-15 in the final minutes to break a tie.
Junior Carlos Vega led Kennedy with 18 points. Vincent Rios added 15 points. Jose Espinoza scored nine points and Andrew Rivera had eight.
Sophomore Ben Phillips contributed a team-high 17 points. Diego Avila, Drevon Brown and freshman Matt Collier scored nine points apiece. Francisco Solis had eight points.
Sam Houston 74, Somerset 51
The Hurricanes (14-9, 2-0) rolled to their second District 28-3A victory Monday at the Alamo Convocation Center, defeating Somerset (5-18, 0-1) at Sam Houston behind a game-high 37 points from Jordon Harris.
The Bulldogs led 21-17 in the first quarter and was within 43-42 at halftime. Sam Houston, No. 6 in the TABC Class 3A state poll, limited Somerset to 14 points in the second half.
Devin Allen scored 14 for the Hurricanes. Brandon Seals contributed 10 points.
Jefferson 62, Fox Tech 36
The Mustangs (7-20, 3-8) outscored Fox Tech (1-25, 0-11) 42-16 in the middle two quarters of a District 28-4A game at the Alamo Convocation Center.
The Buffaloes trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Senior Alex Cepeda led Jefferson with 17 points. Brian Febus and Anthony Friere each chipped in eight points.
Ruben Hernandez led Fox Tech with 12 points. Nick Buys scored eight.