BOYS BASKETBALL: A Night at Lanier High School, Dec. 31, 2013 (photos by KJ Toso)

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BRACKENRIDGE VS. BRENNAN

Brackenridge senior Gabe Hildebrand sets up a three-pointer on his way to a 33-point outing against Brennan.
Brackenridge senior Gabe Hildebrand sets up a three-pointer on his way to a 33-point outing against Brennan.
Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan's defense.
Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan’s defense.
Brackenridge point guard Aaron Lopez distributes the ball.
Brackenridge point guard Aaron Lopez distributes the ball.

BURBANK VS. FOX TECH

Fox Tech's Ruben Hernandez draws contact from two Burbank players, but scores two points.
Fox Tech’s Ruben Hernandez draws contact from two Burbank players, but scores two points.
Burbank's Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech's Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.
Burbank’s Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech’s Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.
Burbank's Gabriel Rangel aims for a basket, despite the block attempt.
Burbank’s Gabriel Rangel aims for a basket, despite the block attempt.
Fox Tech's Angel Lopez (24) drives to the hoop.
Fox Tech’s Angel Lopez (24) drives to the hoop.

JEFFERSON VS. LANIER

Jefferson's A. Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier's Louis Garza.
Jefferson’s Anthony Friere tries to protect the ball from Lanier’s Louis Garza.
Lanier's Isaiah Vargas boxes out Jefferson's D'Andre Melton.
Lanier’s Isaiah Vargas boxes out Jefferson’s D’Andre Melton.
Jefferson's D'Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.
Jefferson’s D’Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Bernal has enriched Lanier’s legacy during career at father’s alma mater

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/southside/news/article/Longtime-Lanier-coach-s-passion-started-early-5096952.php 

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Lanier coach Rudy Bernal applauds his team's play during a recent game
Lanier coach Rudy Bernal applauds his team’s play during a recent game
Lanier coach Rudy Bernal enjoys a light moment against Jefferson.
Lanier coach Rudy Bernal enjoys a light moment against Jefferson.

On the far side of the Lanier Alumni Center, there are giant photos of the Voks’ 1943 and 1945 state championship teams.

While Lanier fans and other visitors see a group of young men who reached the pinnacle of Texas high school boys basketball success, Voks coach Rudy Bernal recognizes that, and more.

Bernal gazes upon many familiar faces from his childhood.

“That was one of the things that appealed to me,” the 31st-year Lanier coach said. “Just being able to coach at the place where my dad went to school. It was an opportunity many people don’t get.

“That’s a great thing for me, to be able to see my dad every time I walk into that gym. My dad passed away five years ago, but when I was growing up I would see a lot of those guys in the pictures when he was officiating or playing basketball with them.

“My father and all of my aunts and uncles went to Lanier.”

His father, Ramiro Bernal, was a guard on the 1943 championship team and is pictured, along with his teammates. His uncle, Gilbert Bernal, wore a Voks uniform in 1945. They were coached by San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame inductee Nemo Herrera. The Alumni Center court is named in his honor.

“I met him, I think, a couple of times when I was growing up,” Bernal said of Herrera. “I didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk with him. I was still fairly young, but I knew who he was and the great things he’d done at Lanier.

“When I got the job, I wanted to know more about what Coach Herrera instilled in his players, because I wanted to do the same thing with my guys.”

Ramiro Bernal won the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in World War II. When he returned to San Antonio, he coached CYO basketball and refereed basketball games during his off hours from his job selling All-State insurance.

“My dad always enjoyed that element of things,” Bernal said, referring to talking basketball strategy. “Outside of work, he spent a lot of time coaching me – and it was always nice having him there doing that and seeing the enjoyment he got out of it.”

As a student at the University of Houston, after graduating from Lee High School, the Lanier coach initially planned a career as a pharmacist. In his second year in the pre-pharmacy program, he took Organic Chemistry and coaching began to gain in allure.

Bernal has concocted a 557-438 career record, well into his final season at Lanier. His current team has a 14-4 record after losing its District 28-4A opener 49-46 in overtime to Edison Dec. 20.

“If you’re going to rank coaches in San Antonio,” Southside coach Romy Vela said, “you have to rank him as one of the top coaches in the city.

“Whenever you play a Rudy Bernal team, you’d better be well-prepared, because he’s going to be well prepared.”

Vela, curiously enough, has never matched wits with Bernal in a game, although both began their 500-plus-win coaching careers in 1983. The 58-year-old Bernal was an assistant coach for five years, primarily in the South San district, before landing his only head coaching job at Lanier.

Although he is resigning his post at Lanier, Bernal intends to continue coaching at a destination to be determined in future seasons.

“I’m retiring as an educator, but I want to be able to coach some more,” he said. “To be able to just coach, I’d have to do that at the private-school level. It just depends on what’s around. At the end of the season, I’ll look at what’s out there and see if there’s a place for me.”

MORE TO COME

MID-WEEK BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT: Kennedy comes back to snap six-game loss streak

Burbank's Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech's Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.
Burbank’s Christian Fonseca (5) eludes Fox Tech’s Gabriel Tirado (20) on the way to the basket.

McCollum edges Memorial in OT; Central Catholic records 10th-consecutive win

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial.

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Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan's defense.
Brack sophomore Richard Wallace (23) weaves through Brennan’s defense.

Jefferson's D'Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.
Jefferson’s D’Andre Melton (14) fights for a rebound against two Lanier players.

Kennedy (3-14, 1-1) worked its way back from deficits of 15-8 in the first quarter and 26-22 at halftime Tuesday in a District 29-4A game. The Rockets then broke out with a 20-point third quarter and brought home a 51-49 victory over Medina Valley (9-11, 0-2) at Edgewood Gym.

The win ended a six-game losing streak for the young Rockets.

Mark Esquivel led Kennedy with 15 points. Junior Isaac Castro finished with eight points. Eric Moncada and Carlos Vega scored seven points apiece.

McCollum 64, Memorial 63 (OT)

Neither team led by more than a point at the end of any quarter, but McCollum (11-9, 1-1) outscored host Memorial 13-12 in the extra session to notch a District 29-4A victory.

Sophomore wing Trey Johnson led McCollum with 17 points. Joey Villarreal stepped forward with 15 points. Nathan Martinez chipped in with 14 points. Angel Loera scored 10.

Junior Albert Machado had an outstanding game for the Minutemen with 21 points. Adam Villanueva responded with 12 points. Joseph Aguillen and Darrel Helms combined for 15 points.

Central Catholic 87, Houston St. Thomas 57

Central Catholic (13-6) won its 10th-consecutive game Monday, smacking Houston St. Thomas by 30 points in a non-district game. The Buttons built a 47-26 halftime lead.

Tony Lewis led 13 Central Catholic scorers with 19 points. Senior post Daniel Kellum produced 16 points. Chad Plummer added nine points. P.J. Escobar and Jaime Nava each scored eight.

Lanier 53, Jefferson 31

The Voks (15-4, 1-1), No. 9 in the Express-News area rankings, grabbed a 25-10 halftime lead on the way to their first District 28-4A win Tuesday at the Lanier Alumni Center. Jefferson closed the gap to 10 by the end of the third quarter, but the Voks rallied again.

Senior point guard Louis Garza led Lanier with 18 points. Ajax Reyes supplied 13 points. Rodrigo Garcia added 11.

Brandon Garcia led Jefferson with nine points.

Edison 63, Highlands 33

The Golden Bears (13-8, 2-0) opened a 21-7 first-quarter lead over Highlands (7-11, 1-1) in the District 28-4A game Monday at Lanier.

Andy Castro and Lorenzo Vela each scored 14 points for Edison. Castro corralled six rebounds, while teammate Jared Zapata had eight. Vela contributed five assists and four steals. Justin Torres and Zapata each made three steals. Antonio Alvarado scored 12 points and made four steals.

Jermichael Shirley was the only double-figure scorer for the Owls. Shirley had 12 points. Highlands sophomore Demarcus Hartsfield did not score.

Burbank 62, Fox Tech 21

The Bulldogs (15-4, 1-1) held Fox Tech (1-17, 0-2) to fewer than 10 points each quarter in a District 28-4A victory Tuesday.

Junior Moses Montalvo led a balanced Burbank lineup with 11 points. Moses Betancourt and Juan Castillo added nine points apiece. Gabriel Rangel and Jordan Santos each scored seven.

Ruben Hernandez led the Buffaloes with seven points.

Brennan 79, Brackenridge 66

Brackenridge (11-10, 1-1) may have inadvertently given some hope to Lanier, Brennan’s next opponent, Tuesday at the Lanier Alumni Center.

Eagles senior Gabe Hildebrand produced a 33-point scoring effort and helped keep his team in the game until late in the second half against the defending District 28-4A champion Bears (16-4, 2-0).

Brackenridge extended its 13-11 first-quarter lead to 32-25 at halftime. Brennan, No. 7 in the Express-News area rankings, outscored the Eagles 30-11 in the third quarter.

Sophomore Richard Wallace contributed 12 points and Davonte Anderson scored 10 for Brack. Junior Jordan Murphy scored 29 points for the Bears.

Brennan will play Lanier 6 p.m. Friday at Paul Taylor Gym.

MID-WEEK GIRLS BASKETBALL REPORT: Brackenridge keeps 28-4A record spotless with Brennan looming

McCollum picks up 29-4A win; Jefferson rolls to 29-point victory

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Southwest.

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Brackenridge post Tevis Thomas goes for a blocked shot.
Brackenridge post Tevis Thomas goes for a blocked shot.
Jefferson's Sasha Barrientos corrals a loose ball as YWLA's Abigail Moreno takes a swipe.
Jefferson’s Sasha Barrientos corrals a loose ball as YWLA’s Abigail Moreno takes a swipe.
Burbank guard Alejandra Martinez secures a loose ball as Brack's Miranda Acuna charges in to gain possession.
Burbank guard Alejandra Martinez secures a loose ball as Brack’s Miranda Acuna charges in to gain possession.

Brackenridge (19-4, 7-0) warmed up for its Saturday showdown with a 60-33 win over rival Burbank (4-14, 1-6) Tuesday in a District 28-4A game at Lanier.

Burbank was within 11-8 after a quarter. Brackenridge took control over the next two quarters, outscoring the Bulldogs 34-12. The Eagles’ defense limited Burbank to one point in the third quarter.

Eagles senior Miranda Acuna led all scorers with 15 points. Posts Keimoria Wiseman and Tevis Thomas each scored 10 points. Skyler Reyna added nine points and Breeann Hernandez supplied eight.

Burbank was led by 11 points from Alejandra Martinez.

Brackenridge will play Brennan (16-0, 7-0) 1 p.m. Saturday at Lanier.

McCollum 43, Memorial 29

The Cowboys (5-13, 1-3) claimed its first District 29-4A win in decisive fashion Tuesday at Memorial (5-14, 1-3). McCollum outscored its hosts 21-13 in the second half.

Senior Emilee Almazan led McCollum with 13 points. Elva Rios contributed 10 points. Felicia Rodriguez chipped in with eight points.

Memorial received 15 points from Larissa Lopez. Lucinda Mireles added eight points.

Jefferson 60, YWLA 31

After a pair of close losses, the Mustangs (8-11, 3-5) put together a dominating performance Tuesday morning at Lanier against Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The Cardinals (1-17, 0-7) were early risers, taking an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. Jefferson scored 29 points in the second quarter.

Senior Adriana Aguinaga led the rapidly improving Mustangs with 20 points. Mary Loera contributed 14 points. Krystin Garcia scored 10 points and Sasha Barrientos finished with eight.

For YWLA, sophomore Karease Williams scored nine points and Serena Trevino added eight.

Highlands 60, Lanier 36

The Owls (16-9, 5-2) won their second-consecutive game Monday at Lanier, cooling off the Voks (8-13, 5-3) who had won three of their previous four.

No further individual or team statistics were available from either team.

New Braunfels 67, Southwest 59

Southwest’s five-game winning streak reached its end Tuesday afternoon in New Braunfels. The Dragons led the non-district contest 39-36 at halftime, but the Unicorns (9-7) held a two-point lead entering the final quarter.

Natyira Christian led the Unicorns (9-7) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Individual statistics for Southwest were not available.

Floresville 47, Harlandale 41

The visiting Jaguars (5-11) remained undefeated in District 29-4A with a win Tuesday at Harlandale.  Floresville established a 25-11 lead by halftime and the Indians weren’t able to catch up despite 24 points from senior post Connie Garza.

Payton Cannon led Floresville with 13 points. Justyne Perez scored eight for Harlandale.

WEEKEND BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Hornets, Hurricanes impressive at Boerne Tourney

Central Catholic claims 9th-consecutive victory; Harlandale closes Hoop Fest with 2 wins

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Harlandale, Sam Houston, Southwest.

East Central (13-7) and Sam Houston (11-8) each won three of four games over the weekend at the Boerne ISD Tournament.

East Central closed the tournament with a pair of blowout victories Saturday over Laredo United 87-51 and Smithson Valley (14-7) 75-57. Sam Houston split its last two tournament games, defeating Southwest (4-15) 57-55 in overtime and falling 50-47 to San Antonio Christian (23-9).

For East Central, four players scored in double figures against Laredo United, led by senior guard Brandon McClure with 17 points. Senior Albert Jimenez contributed 16 points. Ceddrick Ali chipped in with 14 and junior Hector Sifuentes added 11. Brandon Keno scored nine.

Hornets individual statistics for the Smithson Valley game were unavailable. East Central opened a 25-14 lead in the first quarter and were ahed 49-38 at halftime. EC put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rangers 12-7.

The Hornets only tournament loss was 96-90 to Clemens (17-2) on Friday.

Sam Houston outscored Southwest 8-6 in overtime to claim the win. The Hurricanes led 24-23 at halftime, but the Dragons gained a four-point advantage in the third quarter. Sam Houston won the fourth quarter by a 19-15 count.

Senior guard  Jordon Harris led the Hurricanes with 21 points. Junior Devin Allen scored 11.

Southwest received 15 points from 6-foot-4 senior post Ricardo Garcia. Aaron Emby (13 points), Latrel Grant (11) and Sal Martinez (11) also scored in double figures for the Dragons.

Against San Antonio Christian, Sam Houston bolted to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. However, the Lions dominated the next two quarters by a 29-16 count and the Hurricanes were unable to catch up.

Sam Houston individual statistics from the game were unavailable.

Southwest lost another heartbreaker Saturday, falling 61-60 to Seguin (7-13). The Matadors outscored the Dragons 32-18 in the fourth quarter. Southwest had led 30-21 at halftime.

Grant scored a team-high 19 points for the Dragons. Senior Devanta Hayes added 11. Embry and Garcia scored 10 points apiece.

Texan Hoop Fest

Harlandale (12-7) finished its three-day run in Wimberley with a pair of blowout victories. The Indians blasted Hawkins 75-53 and Wimberley 84-28 on Saturday.

Harlandale made 15 of 25 three-point attempts against Wimberley. Senior Brandon Ramon scored 18 points, with help from three 3-pointers. Jose Salinas and Jesus Maltos each made three 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Senior Guy Vargas hit a team-high four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

Ram Torres and Joshua Rodriguez each contributed 11 points for the Indians. Ramon also added 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior Jacob Martinez dealt a team-high six assists.

` Against Hawkins (5-16), Harlandale got 18 points from Maltos and 14 from Salinas. Maltos, a 5-11 guard, made six 3-pointers and Salinas had four. Torres grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Ramon led the Indians with four assists and six steals.

Central Catholic 57, Floresville 48

Central Catholic (12-6) came back from a halftime deficit Friday in Floresville to extend its winning streak to nine-consecutive games.

The host Tigers (5-11) led 29-25 at halftime. Central Catholic took control in the third quarter, outscoring Floresville 18-7 over eight minutes to pull away for a 57-48 victory.

Senior wing Stuart Lynch led Central Catholic with 18 points. P.J. Escobar contributed 14 points. Tony Lewis added eight points.

BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL MIDSEASON REPORT: A look backward and a look ahead

Through Dec. 26

Some thoughts and observations on the boys and girls basketball seasons so far, before the district races begin to intensify (in alphabetical order, unless otherwise noted):

 

PLEASE RETURN TO THIS STORY TUESDAY FOR A LINK TO THE STORY ON THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE.

 

BOYS TOP 15:

 

1. Lanier

2. Central Catholic

3. Edison

4. East Central

5. Harlandale

6. Sam Houston

7. Burbank

8. South San

9. Highlands

10. Brackenridge

11. McCollum

12. Southwest

13. Memorial

14. Southside

15. Jefferson

 

GIRLS TOP 15:

 

1. Brackenridge

2. Southwest

3. Harlandale

4. Highlands

5. South San

6. Lanier

7. Holy Cross

8. Edison

9. Southside

10. East Central

11. Jefferson

12. Kennedy

13. McCollum

14. Memorial

15. Sam Houston

 

 

POSSIBLE BOYS PLAYOFF TEAMSClass 5A: East Central, South San, Southwest. Class 4A: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial. Class 3A: Sam Houston. TAPPS: Central Catholic.

COMMENTS – Sam Houston again is prohibitive favorite in 28-3A. Harlandale looks to be a step ahead of the pack in 29-4A. Lanier and Edison could challenge Brennan for 28-4A title. East Central, Steele and possibly Corpus Christi Carroll should vie for first in 28-5A. Central Catholic will make the playoffs in TAPPS 2-5A, but can they finish ahead of Antonian?

 

POSSIBLE GIRLS PLAYOFF TEAMSClass 5A: East Central, South San, Southwest. Class 4A: Brackenridge, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, Southside. Class 3A: Sam Houston. TAPPS: Holy Cross.

COMMENTS – Behind Steele, Southwest and Carroll should battle for second. Co-leader Brackenridge gets its shot at favored Brennan Saturday in 28-4A. Harlandale should make the postseason from 29-4A while Kennedy and Southside are longshots. Holy Cross is a solid bet for the playoffs in TAPPS 3-4A.

 

TOP 10 BOYS PLAYERS– Ceddrick Ali, East Central; P.J. Escobar, Central Catholic; Louis Garza, Lanier; Demarcus Hartsfield, Highlands; Jordon Harris, Sam Houston; Tony Lewis, Central Catholic; Olando Lopez, South San; Brandon McClure, East Central; Ajax Reyes, Lanier; LorenzoVela, Edison.  

THE NEXT DOZEN – Eric Alcozer, South San; Devin Allen, Sam Houston; Aaron Embry, Southwest; Armando Guerrero, Harlandale; Gabe Hildebrand, Brackenridge; Jeremy Jones, East Central; Stuart Lynch, Central Catholic; Moses Montalvo, Burbank; Brian Perez, Southwest; Chad Plummer, Central Catholic; Justin Torres, Edison; Ram Torres, Harlandale.

COMMENTS – There’s an outstanding crop of local boys players, led by standout guards Escobar, Harris or McClure, depending on the night. Central Catholic’s Lewis is starting to deliver on his promise as the area’s best big man. Ali, Lopez and Garza are great leaders. Reyes and Vela are the most improved of the group. Hartsfield’s best is ahead of him. The next 12 aren’t far behind.

 

TOP 10 GIRLS PLAYERS – Miranda Acuna, Brackenridge; Joslyn Flores, Holy Cross; Connie Garza, Harlandale; Breeann Hernandez, Brackenridge; Cameron Orta, Kennedy; Aaliyah Prince, Highlands; Skyler Reyna, Brackenridge; Tiffani Rodriguez, Southwest; Desiree Rodriguez, Southside; Kim Tobias, South San.  

HONORABLE MENTION – Sasha Barrientes, Jefferson; Sabrina Cortinas, Lanier; Elisabeth Crane, Fox Tech; Sabrina Guzman, Southside; Miranda Moreno, McCollum; Justyne Perez, Harlandale; Marisa Salas, Edison; Brianna Salinas, Holy Cross.

COMMENTS – Rodriguez of Southwest has been the area’s best, although Garza has had a strong senior season for Harlandale. Brackenridge is blessed with senior leaders Acuna and Hernandez, while Reyna is rapidly improving.

 

BOYS PLAYERS TO WATCH – Joe Aguilar, Memorial; Davonte Anderson, Brackenridge; Juwan Anderson, Sam Houston; Cosmo Cantu, McCollum; Andy Castro, Edison; Robert Christian, Sam Houston; Albert Jimenez, East Central; Trey Johnson, McCollum; Jesus Maltos, Harlandale; Michael Mascorro, Burbank; Nathan Martinez, McCollum; Bryan Obregon, Memorial; Brandon Ramon, Harlandale; Chris Salazar, Lanier; Jesus Samarripas, South San; Isaiah Vargas, Lanier; Richard Wallace, Brackenridge; Jared Zapata, Edison.

 

GIRLS PLAYERS TO WATCH – Adriana Aguinaga, Jefferson; Janik Alexander-Smith, East Central; Emilee Almazan, McCollum; Alexandra Busby, Southwest; Dionna Camino, Sam Houston; Angela Hardcastle, Highlands; Karyssa Henry, Southwest; Jazmine Jackson, Highlands; Briana Longoria, Southwest; Paula Moreno, Edison; Brittany Rodgers, East Central; Mayra Sendejo, Southside.

 

BOYS GAMES TO CIRCLE ON YOUR CALENDAR:

 

Lanier vs. Brennan at Paul Taylor Gym, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Burbank at Lanier, Jan. 4, 2:30 p.m.

Highlands vs. Burbank at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. (first game at the renovated gym)

McCollum at Harlandale, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.

La Vernia vs. Sam Houston at Lanier, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Lanier vs. Edison at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

Floresville at Harlandale, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

McCollum vs. Memorial at Edgewood Gym, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Antonian vs. Central Catholic at Bill Greehey Arena, St. Mary’s, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Brennan at Lanier, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Burbank at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

Central Catholic vs. Antonian at Paul Taylor Gym, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Harlandale at McCollum, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Kennedy vs. Memorial at Edgewood Gym, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Carroll at South San, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

 

COMMENTS – Lanier will have its first showdown with Brennan Friday. The Alamo Convocation Center renovation is scheduled to be done in time for Highlands-Burbank Jan. 7. La Vernia, Sam Houston’s chief competition in 28-3A visits Jan. 21. Antonian-Central Catholic battles will be worth the price of admission Jan.24 and Feb. 6. The Harlandale-McCollum and Kennedy-Memorial rivalries could carry playoff significance Feb. 11.

 

GIRLS GAMES TO CIRCLE ON YOUR CALENDAR:

 

Brennan vs. Brackenridge at Lanier, Jan. 4, 1 p.m.

Steele at Southwest, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Harlandale at Southside, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Edison vs. Highlands at Lanier, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Harlandale at McCollum, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Carroll at Southwest, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Edison vs. Lanier at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

Highlands vs. Lanier at Alamo Convocation Center, Jan. 31, 5 p.m.

Kennedy at Southside, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.

Brackenridge vs. Brennan at O’Connor, Feb. 4, 5 p.m.

Southside at Harlandale, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi King at South San, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

COMMENTS – Brennan-Brackenridge is a crucial test for the Eagles Saturday. It could set the the tone for the remainder of District 28-4A , just as Steele-Southwest could Jan. 7 in 28-5A. Lanier’s playoff chances could depend on games Jan. 22 and Jan. 31. Kennedy-Southside Jan. 31 could be a battle for fourth place. Corpus Christi King at South San on the final day of the regular season also could have playoff implications.

 

 

 

FRIDAY BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Buttons defeat Floresville for 9th-straight win

Sam Houston picks up pair of wins in Boerne Tourney

TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Harlandale, Sam Houston, South San, Southwest.

Central Catholic (12-6) came back from a halftime deficit Friday in Floresville to extend its winning streak to nine-consecutive games.

The host Tigers (5-11) led 29-25 at halftime. Central Catholic took control in the third quarter, outscoring Floresville 18-7 over eight mintues to pull away for a 57-48 victory.

Senior wing Stuart Lynch led Central Catholic with 18 points. P.J. Escobar contributed 14 points. Tony Lewis added eight points.

Boerne ISD Tournament

Sam Houston (10-7) got off to a rousing start at the Boerne ISD Tournament Friday, defeating Seguin 57-53 and Boerne 58-43.

Senior guard Jordon Harris erupted for 27 points against Seguin (6-12). Junior post Devin Allen chipped in with 10 points against the Matadors. The Hurricanes outscored Seguin 9-6 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Against Boerne (12-8), Robert Christian stepped forward for the Hurricanes with 21 points. Harris added 14 points and Allen finished with 10.

East Central (11-7) split two close games, defeating Round Rock McNeil 62-60 and falling 96-90 to Clemens (15-2) in a shootout.

The Hornets trailed 30-27 at halftime against McNeil, but the Hornets outscored the Mavericks 17-12 in the third quarter and held on to win. Senior guard Ceddrick Ali led East Central with 17 points. Seniors Brandon McClure and Albert Jimenez scored 13 apiece. Junior Robert Keno supplied eight points.

Against Clemens, the Buffaloes built a 50-36 halftime cushion. The Hornets raced to 54 second-half points to make the final margin close.

McClure scored 22 points and Ali provided 20 to lead the Hornets. Jimenez finished with 14 points. Keno, Patrick Hamilton and Jeremy Jones all contributed nine points.

Jalon Gates scored 23 for Clemens.

Southwest (4-13) lost a tough tournament game 51-45 to Boerne Champion (10-3) and fell 49-38 to San Antonio Christian (21-8). 

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

South San (9-8) crushed Alice 81-25 and lost 52-45 to Corpus Christi Miller in two games Friday in Corpus Christi.

Junior guard  Olando Lopez led the Bobcats with 22 points against Alice. Seniors Eric Alcozer (15 points), David Valdez (14) and Thomas Fonseca (10) all scored in double figures.

Lopez scored 13 against Miller. Alcozer and Jesse Samarripas added nine apiece.

Texan Hoop Fest

Harlandale (10-7) split two games Friday in Wimberley, defeating Austin Concordia Academy 75-57 and losing a 69-68 heartbreaker to Leander Rouse.

` Harlandale began the tournament Thursday with a  65-59 loss to Pflugerville Connally and a 66-55 loss to The Woodlands College Park.

No individual statistics are available for the Indians from any of the tournament games.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Holiday results (thru Jan. 4)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 22-Jan. 4

Thursday’s results

Non-district

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Pflugerville Connally (???) 65, Harlandale (9-6) 59

The Woodlands College Park 66, Harlandale (9-6) 55

Friday’s results

Non-district

Central Catholic (12-6) 57, Floresville (5-11) 48

Boerne Tournament

East Central (11-7) 62, Round Rock McNeil (???) 60 

Sam Houston (10-7) 57, Seguin (6-12) 53 

Sam Houston (10-7) 58, Boerne (12-8) 43

Boerne Champion (10-3 ???) 51, Southwest (4-13 ???) 45

Clemens (15-2) 96, East Central (11-7) 90

San Antonio Christian (21-8) 49, Southwest (4-13 ???) 38

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

South San (9-8) 81, Alice (???) 25

Corpus Christi Miller (???) 52, South San (9-8) 45

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Brennan (13-4) 97, Holy Cross (4-12 ???) 22

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Harlandale (10-7) 75, Austin Concordia Academy (???) 57

Leander Rouse (???) 69, Harlandale (10-7) 68

Saturday’s results

Non-district

Boerne Tournament

East Central (13-7) 87, Laredo United (???) 51

Sam Houston (11-8) 57, Southwest (4-15 ???) 55 (OT)

Seguin (10-7) 61, Southwest (4-15 ???) 60

San Antonio Christian (22-9) 50, Sam Houston (11-8) 47

East Central (13-7) 87, Laredo United (???) 51

Corpus Christi Calallen Tournament

San Angelo Central (???) 66, South San (9-9) 55

Corpus Christi Calallen (???) 40, South San (9-9) 37

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Uvalde (7-9 ???) 68, Holy Cross (4-13 ???) 57

Texan Hoop Fest

At Wimberley

Harlandale (12-7) 75, Hawkins (5-16) 53

Harlandale (12-7) 84, Wimberley (4-11 ???) 28

Monday, Dec. 30 results

District 28-4A

Edison (13-9, 2-0) 63, Highlands (7-11 ???, 1-1) 33

District 29-4A

McCollum (11-8, 1-1) 64, Memorial (5-12 ???, 1-1) 63

Non-district

Central Catholic (13-6) 87, Houston St. Thomas (???) 57

Tuesday, Dec. 31 results

District 28-4A

Lanier (15-4, 1-1) 53, Jefferson (4-14 ???, 0-2) 31

Burbank (9-9, 1-1) 62, Fox Tech (1-17, 0-2) 21

Brennan (14-4, 2-0) 79, Brackenridge (10-10, 1-1) 66

District 29-4A

Kennedy (3-14 ???, 1-1) 51, Medina Valley (9-11, 0-2) 49

Uvalde (8-9 ???, 2-0) 64, Southside (5-15, 0-2) 57

Floresville (6-11, 2-0) 62, Harlandale (12-8, 1-1) 42

Thursday, Jan. 2 results

Non-district

FEAST (7-10 ???) at Holy Cross (4-13 ???), 8 p.m. (score unavailable)

Friday, Jan. 3 results

District 28-4A

Highlands (8-11 ???, 2-1) 52, Jefferson (4-16, 0-3) 43

Brennan (15-4, 3-0) 51, Lanier (15-5, 1-2) 36

District 29-4A

Harlandale (13-8, 2-1) 65, Kennedy (3-15 ???, 1-2) 55

Floresville (7-11, 3-0) 61, Memorial (5-13 ???, 1-2) 59

McCollum (12-8, 2-1) 75, Uvalde (8-10 ???, 2-1) 71

Medina Valley (10-11, 1-2) 44, Southside (5-16, 0-3) 34

Non-district

New Braunfels Canyon (12-4) 75, Southwest (4-16 ???) 60

East Central (13-7) 83, Wagner (14-2) 80 (OT)

Central Catholic (14-6)55, New Braunfels (11-10) 51

Sam Houston (11-7) 68, Holy Cross (4-14 ???) 40

Saturday, Jan. 4 games

District 28-4A

Edison (14-9, 3-0) 62, Fox Tech (1-18, 0-3) 35

Brackenridge (11-10, 2-1) 59, Burbank (9-10, 1-2) 45

Non-district

Smithson Valley (14-4) 65, South San (9-10) 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Holiday results (thru Jan. 4)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Dec. 22-Jan. 4

Saturday’s results

Non-district

Austin Bowie (10-4 ???) 57East Central (7-13) 17

Southwest (16-5) 58, Devine (12-7) 50

Monday, Dec. 30 results

District 28-4A

Highlands (16-9, 5-2) 60, Lanier (8-13 ???, 5-3) 36

District 29-4A

Uvalde (7-10, 1-3) 48, Southside (9-11, 1-3) 43

Non-district

Antonian (2-14 ???) 64, South San (9-12 ???) 35

Schertz John Paul II (7-2 ???) 50, Holy Cross (10-17) 48

Tuesday, Dec. 31 results

District 28-4A

Jefferson (8-11, 3-5) 60, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-17, 0-7) 31

Brennan (17-0, 8-0) 82, Edison (10-15, 3-4) 10

Brackenridge (19-4, 7-060, Burbank (4-14 ???, 1-6) 33

District 29-4A

Medina Valley (13-6, 4-0) 48, Kennedy (7-9 ???, 2-2) 33

Floresville (14-10, 4-0) 47, Harlandale (13-9, 2-2) 41

McCollum (5-13, 1-3) 43, Memorial (5-14 ???, 1-3) 29

Non-district

Incarnate Word (14-6) 45, Fox Tech (4-13) 6

Smithson Valley (8-11) 59, Sam Houston (1-15 ???) 29

New Braunfels (9-6) 67, Southwest (16-6) 59

Friday, Jan. 3 results

District 28-5A

Southwest (17-6, 1-0) 68, Corpus Christi King (3-5 ???, 0-1) 49

Steele (15-4, 1-0) 50, Corpus Christi Carroll (19-6, 0-1) 34

East Central (8-13, 1-0) 40, South San (9-13, 0-1) 31

District 28-4A

Burbank (5-14 ???, 2-6) 50, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-18, 0-8) 21

Highlands (17-9, 6-2) 58, Jefferson (8-12, 3-6) 37

District 29-4A

Floresville (15-10, 5-0) 70, Memorial (5-15 ???, 1-4) 32

Harlandale (14-9, 3-2) 48, Kennedy (7-10 ???, 2-3) 36

Medina Valley (14-6, 5-0) 58, Southside (9-12 1-4) 45

McCollum (6-13, 2-3) 56, Uvalde (7-11, 1-4) 53

District 28-3A

La Vernia (18-5, 1-0) 42, Sam Houston (1-16 ???, 0-1) 36

Poteet (4-13, 1-0) 47, Hawkins (2-10 ???, 0-1) 41

Somerset (9-8 ???, 0-0) at Pleasanton (3-16 ???, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. (score unavailable)

Saturday, Jan. 4 games

District 28-4A

Edison (11-15, 4-4) 58, Fox Tech (4-14, 1-6) 17

Brennan (17-0, 8-0) 79, Brackenridge (19-5, 7-1) 37