BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Central Catholic gathering momentum as district season approaches

Rockets record double-digit win over Minutemen

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, Harlandale, Kennedy, Memorial, Sam Houston.

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Burbank senior guard Moses Montalvo negotiates some driving room against Highlands.
Burbank senior Michael Mascorro negotiates some driving room against Highlands.














Sam Houston post Devin Allen (42) clears a rebound over Edison's Andrew Rodriguez (5) while the Golden Bears' Lorenzo Vela closes in.
Sam Houston post Devin Allen (42) clears a rebound over Edison’s Andrew Rodriguez (5) while the Golden Bears’ Lorenzo Vela closes in.














Highlands guard Jose Alvarez (4) drives on Burbank post William Valdez (50).
Highlands guard Jose Alvarez (4) drives on Burbank post William Valdez (50), while Valdez sets himself to take a charge.














Edison senior Lorenzo Vela has the basket squarely in his sights.
Edison senior Lorenzo Vela has the basket squarely in his sights.
















Central Catholic lost four of its five leading scorers from 2013-14 to graduation. The other, its top scorer, has been lost since this season began.

Six-foot-10 senior Tony Lewis, who has signed to play basketball next year at Santa Clara, has been shelved for the remainder of the season by a leg injury. Despite losing Lewis, the Buttons have regained veteran guard Jaime Nava, who had been injured, and have made positive gains in recent weeks.

The Buttons (14-12) claimed a pair of wins, edging Fredericksburg 58-57 Tuesday and trouncing St. Gerard (5-10) 69-32 Friday.

Central Catholic bolted to a 20-5 first-quarter led and had a 37-13 advantage over St. Gerard by halftime.

Senior Will Galindo led the Buttons with 15 points. Raul Aguilar scored 11. Nava and Julian Rodriguez contributed nine and eight points, respectively.

Scoring information from the game at Fredericksburg was unavailable.

Central Catholic was scheduled to begin TAPPS District 2-5A play Friday with an 8 p.m. game against rival Antonian (20-8) at Bill Greehey Arena on the St. Mary’s University campus.

Kennedy 62, Memorial 51

The Rockets (7-14, 1-5) gained the upper hand in the season series with rival Memorial (7-16, 0-6), defeating the Minutemen Friday at Edgewood Gym. The rematch will be Feb. 10 at the same location.

Kennedy ended a five-game losing streak with its first District 27-5A win. The Rockets led 30-20 at halftime and fended off Memorial in the second half.

Senior Isaac Castro led Kennedy with 14 points. Quentan Bell provided 11 points. Marc Esquivel and Julian Landeros scored seven apiece.

Senior guard Bryan Obregon led the Minutemen with 13 points. Football standouts Albert Ramos and Jose Pargas scored 12 and eight points, respectively.

Burbank 54, Edison 53

The Bulldogs (19-4, 6-0) made a pair of narrow escapes last week to remain undefeated in District 28-5A.

Burbank edged Highlands (8-13, 3-3) by two points Tuesday and Edison (7-13, 2-4) by one Friday at the Alamo Convocation Center.

The Golden Bears established a 17-10 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs gained the upper hand 30-24 by halftime, but Edison was within 42-41 entering the final quarter.

Eduardo Esquivel led Edison with 12 points. Joseph Ortiz, Andrew Rodriguez (5 rebounds) and Lorenzo Vela scored nine points apiece.

Bulldogs statistics were unavailable.

Burbank survived a 52-50 score from Highlands. The Bulldogs stormed to an 18-7 lead, but the Owls cut their deficit to six points by halftime. Highlands outscored the Burbank 28-24 in the second half, but the Bulldogs brought the win home.

Michael Mascorro and Juan Castillo each scored 11 points for Burbank. Post William Valdez added 10 points. Moses Montalvo finished with nine point.

Highlands senior Lamar Sterling led all scorers with 18 points. Joseph Jackson and Christopher Hartfield each tallied 10.

Sam Houston 68, Harlandale 56

The Hurricanes (6-10, 4-3) recorded their fourth-consecutive District 28-5A win Friday over Harlandale (12-11, 1-5) at the Alamo Convocation Center .

In a 55-53 nail-biter against Edison at the ACCr, Sam Houston opened a 37-31 lead after three quarters of a close game. The Golden Bears outscored Sam Houston 22-18 in the final quarter.

Senior post Devin Allen led the Hurricanes with 15 points. Dewayne Brown added 13 points. Robert Christian mustered 10 points.

Vela led Edison with 25 points, making five of seven shots from three-point range. Vela also distributed four assists. Senior Angelo Leyvani also sank five three-pointers and reaped 17 points.

No statistics were available from the Sam Houston-Harlandale game.

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