South San shines in 28-6A opener; Edison snaps streak
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Fox Tech (11-10, 1-0) pulled out two close games last week, including their District 26-3A opener against Natalia 68-62 Friday.
The Buffaloes were tied with Natalia with 2:45 remaining, but spurted ahead and held its ground down the stretch. Fox Tech ended the first quarter with a 25-6 lead over the Mustangs. Natalia caught up by outscoring the Buffaloes 39-27 in the next two quarters.
Individual statistics for Fox Tech were unavailable.
Against Lytle (1-16) Tuesday, the Buffaloes prevailed 48-40 in their last non-district game.
They trailed 20-17 at halftime but took control in the third quarter at Fox Tech. Fox Tech had a 36-29 cushion entering the fourth quarter.
Senior Nick Buys led Fox Tech with 16 points, nine steals, seven assists and four blocked shots. Roger McCracken scored seven points. Ruben Chapa led the Buffaloes with nine rebounds and Bryan McCreless collected six.
South San 45, Corpus Christi Ray 43
The Bobcats (18-4, 1-0) also won their district opener, edging Corpus Christi Ray (10-12, 0-1) Tuesday at Corpus Christi.
Ray finished the first quarter of the District 28-6A game with a 14-8 lead, but South San forged ahead 24-23 by the half. The score was tied 30-30 through three quarters.
Junior Curtis Allen led South San with 19 points. Olando Lopez accounted for seven points.
Edison 61, Jefferson 46
The Golden Bears (8-15, 3-5) lost a 53-49 heartbreaker to McCollum Tuesday, but rebounded nicely with a commanding District 28-5A win Friday over Jefferson (8-13, 1-7) at Lanier. The win ended a four-game losing streak for Edison.
Lorenzo Vela led the Edison with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior post Joseph Ortiz produced 16 points, six rebounds and two steals. Jared Zapata added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
For the Mustangs, Dominick Perez scored 14 points. Noah Soto contributed 14 points and had nine.
Against McCollum at Alamo Convocation Center, Senior Angelo Leyvani led the Golden Bears with 24 points, making eight of 11 shots from three-point territory. Eduardo Esquivel contributed four assists and three steals. Vela collected three assists and Andrew Rodriguez made three steals.
Roger Martinez led McCollum with 13 points and Danny Lerma chipped in 10.
Southside 71, Medina Valley 59
The Cardinals (7-12, 2-2) identified themselves as a possible playoff contender in District 29-5A with a win over Medina Valley (10-11, 1-3) Tuesday at Southside.
Southside was led by Eric Rios with 17 points. Alex Rangel fired in 14 points. Manny Martinez scored nine points. The Cardinals outscored the Panthers 26-9 in the fourth quarter
The Cardinals, however, were upset 53-48 Friday at Eagle Pass Winn (1-4 in district). The Mavericks led 27-22 at halftime. Football standout Matt Collier led Southside with nine points. Martinez finished with eight points.