AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston.
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The Boerne ISD Tournament is recognized as one of the best around San Antonio, but that didn’t deter three area teams.
In a matchup of two of the area’s best teams, Central Catholic (19-5) defeated East Central (15-5) 52-48 Dec. 29, but the biggest game in the two-day tournament featured another area team. Holy Cross (21-6) beat Boerne Champion (16-4) 75-69 in overtime later in the day.
Central Catholic was undefeated in four tournament games. East Central’s only loss was to Central Catholic. Holy Cross lost only to Wimberley 84-76 in overtime Dec. 29.
Against Champion, Holy Cross outscored the Chargers 13-6 in overtime. The Knights received 35 points from senior Brandon Armstrong. Joe Soto contributed 17 points and Jonathan Bailey scored 11.
Central Catholic, which also defeated Churchill 57-48 Jan. 2, led East Central 29-20 at halftime and withstood a second-half comeback for the win. Senior Robert Elizondo led the Buttons with 15 points. Raul Aguilar and Noah Salinas scored nine apiece. Antonio Rascoe had eight points.
East Central junior K’Von Rice produced a team-best 11 points. Senior Ethan White scored 10.
Central Catholic and Holy Cross won their games Jan. 2.
Holy Cross (4-0 in district) won 72-61 at TMI (9-18, 2-2) to remain undefeated in TAPPS District 4-4A. Armstrong led the Knights with 28 points. Soto scored 16, Bailey 11 and Jason Fernandez 10. LeSean Brown led the Panthers with 36 points.
Central Catholic recorded an impressive home victory 57-48 over Churchill. Elizondo finished with a team-high 21 points. Aguilar supplied 13 points and Rascoe had 11.
Lanier 58, Edison 54 (OT)
The fourth-place Voks (10-11, 3-2) held off a rapidly improving Edison team (4-13, 2-2) for an overtime District 28-5A win Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.
Lanier trailed 21-20 at halftime, but outscored the Golden Bears 9-5 in overtime for the win. Voks junior center Isaiah Vargas scored 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Jerry Samudio added 10 points. Brian Laque (6 assists) and Jesus Quintero scored nine points each.
Despite the loss, the Golden Bears occupied fifth place on the strength of wins over Highlands and Harlandale in their first two 28-5A games. Against Lainer, Eddie Esquivel and Antonio Vela each scored 13 points for Edison. Jordan Lopez finished with nine points.
Memorial 56, Floresville 53
The Minutemen (7-9, 2-2) built a 44-34 lead through three quarters and held on to win the District 29-5A game Jan. 2 at Floresville (5-13, 1-4).
Senior Adam Villanueva led the Minutemen with 15 points. Carlos Balderas scored 13 and Josh Pitts chipped in 11.
Sam Houston 75, Highlands 53
The Hurricanes (8-7, 4-1) blasted Highlands (4-14, 0-4) in a District 28-5A game Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.
Senior Robert Christian led Sam Houston with 21 points. Henry Carter contributed 11 points and Raymonte Prime added nine.
Highlands was led by senior Gerardo Marquez with 30 points. Lawrence Frambs scored nine.