BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: East Central runs to pair of 28-6A road wins

Lanier holds 28-5A lead; Southside prevails in OT

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Jefferson, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside.

Hornets senior guard Wanya Ward (13) scored 39 points against Southwest.
Hornets senior guard Wanya Ward (13) scored 39 points against Southwest.

















East Central (14-10, 2-1) found the road to its liking Jan. 23 in a District 28-6A game at Corpus Christi Ray (10-14, 0-3). The 89-67 win tied the Hornets for second place with Corpus Christi King (16-9, 2-1) and South San (18-5, 2-1), which defeated Southwest 61-50 Jan. 23.

East Central placed five players in double figures at Ray, led by Wanya Ward (20 points, 4 assists, 3 steals). Ethan White (12 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists) scored 17, Hector Sifuentes (3 assists) had 16 points, Fabian Chavarria also scored 16 and defensive standout Brandon Keno (7 rebounds, 4 assists) finished with 11.

The Hornets also steamrolled Southwest (15-10, 1-2) for a 102-59 Jan. 20 at East Central. Ward erupted for a career-high 39 points.

Lanier 70, Jefferson 53

The first-place Voks (17-11, 10-0) remained undefeated in District 28-5A and closed in on a playoff berth with a pair of wins last week.

Lanier thumped McCollum (12-12, 4-5) 71-47 Tuesday in the Cowboys’ gym and Jefferson (8-15, 1-9) Friday at Alamo Convocation Center.

Against Jefferson, the Voks rolled to a 43-21 halftime lead. Sophomore post Isaiah Vargas led Lanier with 18 points. Raul Solis provided 16 points and C.J. Salazar added 15. Israel Serna scored eight.

Noah Soto was Jefferson’s top scorer with 10 points. Anthony Freire chipped in eight points.

McCollum led 16-13 after the first quarter, but Lanier surged ahead by eight points at halftime. The Voks outscored the Cowboys 43-19 in the middle two quarters.

Salazar led four Lanier double-figure scorers with 14. Joe Soto (11 points), Brian Laque (11) and James Castellano (10) also were in double digits. Vargas finished with nine points and Solis added eight.

Nate Aguero led McCollum with 10 points. Angel Loera scored nine and Santiago Vasquez had eight points.

Southside 81, Somerset 80 (OT)

The Cardinals (8-14, 3-4) emerged with a key District 29-5A win Tuesday at Somerset (14-9, 4-3). Southside outscored the Bulldogs 10-9 in overtime to claim the win.

Southside seized a 35-25 halftime lead. Somerset fought back to pull even at 71-71 by the end of the third quarter. Senior Diego Avila was Southside’s leading scorer with 22 points. Alex Rangel and Manny Martinez each scored 19. Rogelio Diaz supplied eight points.

The fifth-place Cardinals ran into first-place Laredo Nixon (17-8 ???, 7-0) and fell 92-49 Friday in Laredo. The Mustangs jumped out to a 32-6 first-quarter lead.

Avila and Eric Rios each scored a team-high 10 points for Southside. Rangel scored nine and Matt Collier contributed eight.

McCollum 62, Sam Houston 55

The Cowboys upset Sam Houston (7-12, 5-5) and forged a fourth-place tie Friday in a District 28-5A game at Sam Houston. The Hurricanes had produced an upset of their own, defeating third-place Burbank (19-7, 6-3) Tuesday at Lanier.

McCollum outscored the Hurricanes 22-6 to pull out the win. Sam Houston established a 36-30 halftime lead and was ahead 49-40 entering the final quarter.

Vasquez scored a season-high 25 points for the Cowboys. Roger Martinez finished with 13 points. Loera scored 10.

Senior post Devin Allen led Sam Houston with 12 points. Robert Christian (11 points) and sophomore Jawon Anderson (10) also scored in double digits.

Against Burbank, Sam Houston extended its four-point halftime lead to 41-32 at the end of the third quarter. The Bulldogs scored 22 points in the final quarter, but the Hurricanes weathered the storm.

Allen led Sam Houston with 14 points. Christian and Anderson again scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Senior Michael Mascorro led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Juan Castillo scored 14 and Moses Montalvo added 11.

Central Catholic 64, St. Anthony 52

The Buttons (16-14, 1-1) TAPPS District 2-5A win over St. Anthony (5-11, 0-2) Saturday at the University of the Incarnate Word.

No team or individual scoring information was available for either team.

The Buttons incurred a tough 64-60 loss to state-ranked Austin St. Stephen’s (18-6) Tuesday at Central Catholic.

The Spartans led 30-14 at halftime. The Buttons closed the gap to 45-32 after three quarters, then erupted for 28 points in the fourth.

Sophomore Julian Rodriguez led a balanced Central Catholic lineup with 12 points. Senior Will Galindo scored 11 points and Raul Aguilar contributed 10. Jaime Nava added eight points.

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