Southwest sets two school records in upset victory; Central Catholic clinches title with 20th-straight win
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Fox Tech, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, South San, Southside, Southwest.
Brackenridge senior wing Gabe Hildebrand scored 17 points, leading the Eagles (1516, 5-7) to a 37-36 District 29-4A win over scrappy Jefferson Wednesday at Lanier.
The Mustangs (7-21, 3-9) led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter. Brackenridge establihsed an 18-15 halftime lead. Each team scored eight points in the third quarter to set up the dramatic finish.
Hildebrand was the only Brackenridge player to score more than five points.
Junior Brandon Garcia led Jefferson with 15 points. Sophomore Noah Soto contributed 10 points.
Southwest 119, Corpus Christi Carroll 76
The Dragons (9-21, 3-5) set school records for the number of points scored and three-pointers made in a single game Tuesday at Southwest.
Southwest sank an astounding 17 of 29 from three-point range (58.6 percent) in the District 28-5A victory over 2012-13 champion Corpus Christi Carroll (17-8, 4-4). Senior Tony Rodriguez made seven of eight shots from long range while leading Southwest with 23 points. Seniors Ricardo Garcia (22 points, 4 rebounds), Brian Perez (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Latrel Grant (8 points) each made two 3-pointers apiece.
The Dragons led 26-15 after one quarter. They scored 30 or more in the next three quarters. Southwest led 56-39 at halftime and 87-63 at the end of the third quarter. Southwest’s press was effective in forcing Carroll to increase its tempo as the game wore on, according to Dragons coach David Brawner.
The significance of the win went beyond the mere numbers, staggering though they were.
Southwest is in fifth place, one game out of playoff contention, entering Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. home game against Corpus Christi King (6-18, 0-8). A win, coupled with losses from South San (14-15. 4-4) against East Central and Carroll against Steele Friday, would forge a three-way tie for fourth in 28-5A with one game remaining.
The Dragons, who had lost six of their first seven games this season, received 12 points and seven rebounds from Devanta Hayes. Hector Murillo scored 11 points. Freshman Tristan Quintana scored 10 points and dealt 10 assists. Starting point guard Nigel Thompson distributed a team-high 11 assists and Rodriguez added four.
Central Catholic 66, Antonian 55
The Buttons (22-6, 4-0) should have bragging rights against rival Antonian for quite a while.
Central Catholic not only beat the Apaches (24-11, 2-2) for the second time this season, it extended its winning streak – which began Nov. 26 – to 20 games and clinched the TAPPS 2-5A title in the process.
Antonian led 19-16 after a quarter. Central Catholic took the lead late in the first half and began the second half with a 12-3 run.
Senior P.J. Escobar led the Buttons with 26 points. Posts Tony Lewis and Danny Kellum scored 16 and nine points, respectively.
The Buttons conclude district play 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against St. Anthony at Alamo Convocation Center. Central Catholic defeated the Yellowjackets 69-66 Jan. 29.
South San 73, Corpus Christi King 58
The Bobcats trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter Tuesday in Corpus Christi, but outscored King 42-23 over the next three quarters to win the District 28-5A game by a comfortable margin.
Junior point guard Olando Lopez erupted for a game-high 25 points to lead South San. Senior defensive standout David Valdez chipped in 13 points. Jesse Samarripas, also known for his defense, scored 12. Eric Alcozer finished with nine points and Sammy Rodriguez scored eight.
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