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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT (Jan. 11-17): Rockets, Manzanares kick Mules

Harlandale hangs in 28-5A race with two wins

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Providence, Southside.

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Kennedy (7-16, 2-7) sprung the biggest upset so far in District 27-5A Tuesday, defeating Alamo Heights (12-7, 6-4) 36-28 at Kennedy

Alamo Heights took charge early, grabbing a 7-2 lead over the Rockets in the first quarter. Kennedy surpassed the the Mules in the second quarter and claimed an 18-13 halftime lead. The Rockets cemented their lead by outscoring Alamo Heights 11-6 in the third quarter.

Rockets guard Esmeralda Manzanares scored a game-high 15 points. Cameron Orta chipped in nine points. Kira Domagalski scored seven.

District-leading Kerrville Tivy (21-4, 9-0) defeated Kennedy 58-34 Friday in the Antlers’ gym. Statistics from the game were unavailable.

Harlandale 42, McCollum 28

The fifth-place Indians (12-14, 6-4) fortified their District 28-5A playoff hopes with a pair of wins, including a 14-point victory over rival McCollum (2-18, 1-9) Jan. 16 at Harlandale.

Harlandale’s Kayla Nunez scored 10 points. Justyne Perez scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and made five steals. Senior Elizabeth Herrera had a team-high seven rebounds and Fawzieh Saleh snared six.

Stephanie Esquivel led McCollum with eight points.

Harlandale also defeated Burbank (9-17, 2-8) 49-42 Jan. 13 in the Bulldogs’ gym.

Perez led Harlandale with 14 points and four assists. Saleh collected a team-high 10 rebounds. Teresa Navarro scored nine points and Nunez added eight. Herrera (8 points) and Kristy Ricondo each corralled eight rebounds.

Cory Sepulveda and Abigail Macias each scored 10 points for Burbank.

McCollum edged Edison 43-42 Jan. 13 for its first district victory.

Esquivel produced 19 points for the Cowboys and Miranda Rich scored nine.

Holy Cross 68, Providence 12

The Knights (13-10, 5-3) blitzed TAPPS District 4-4A rival Providence (1-24, 0-8) Tuesday at Holy Cross. Holy Cross also defeated Corpus Christi John Paul II (11-11, 5-4) at home Saturday in another district game.

Holy Cross opened a 19-2 lead in the first quarter against Providence. Junior Brianna Salinas led the Knights with 19 points. Hayley Andrade supplied 15 points, Bryanna Solis added 12 and Megan Hernandez had nine.

Junior Kasey Day led the Provets with five points.

Against Corpus Christi John Paul II, Andrade and Salinas were the Knights’ top scorers with 23 and 19 points, respectively. Junior Victoria Gonzalez scored eight.

Cornerstone Christian (11-11, 5-4) won 37-13 Friday at Providence. Day scored a team-high seven points for Providence.

Southside 71, Eagle Pass Winn 22

The Cardinals (15-7, 6-1) crushed Eagle Pass Winn in District 29-5A game Friday at Southside. It was Southside’s second district win of the week. The Cardinals also won 56-45 Tuesday at Medina Valley (8-16, 2-5).

Southside built a 25-3 lead in the first quarter and led 44-6 at the half. Substitutes Riquee Vasquez and Savannah Guzman were the Cardinals’ top scorers with 13 points each.

Against Medina Valley, Southside received 23 points from Mayra Sendejo and 17 from Desirae Arocha. The Cardinals ran to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Panthers were within seven points after three quarters. Southside outscored Medina Valley 13-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Highlands 51, Brackenridge 29

The Owls (20-9, 10-0) kept rolling along with two more large-margin wins in District 28-5A games at Lanier last week.

Highlands downed Brackenridge (10-16, 5-3) 51-29 Friday. The Owls manufactured a surprising 21-9 halftime lead and never looked back.

Point guard Kiara Pesina was the Owls’ leading scorer with 18 points. Jazmine Jackson produced 14 points and Aaliyah Prince added 13.

Junior Skyler Reyna was the Eagles’ only double-figure point producer with 15.

The Owls overwhelmed Jefferson (5-18, 2-7) 79-35 Tuesday behind a 25 point outburst from Prince. Senior Emily Pearce (13 points), Pesina (13 points) and Jackson (11 points) all scored in double figures.

Junior guard Phileen Perez led the Mustangs with 11 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT (Jan. 11-17): Fox Tech opens 26-3A with statement win

South San shines in 28-6A opener; Edison snaps streak

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Fox Tech, Jefferson, McCollum, South San, Southside.

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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.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 21)

Through January 21

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. South San – 1

2. Lanier – 3

3. East Central – 2

4. Sam Houston – 5

5. Burbank – 4

6. Brackenridge – 7

7. Central Catholic – 6

8. McCollum – 11

9. Harlandale – 10

10. Southwest – 8

11. Highlands – 9

12. Edison – 12

13. Kennedy – 14

14. Memorial – 15

15. Jefferson – 13

 

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Area rankings (thru Jan. 21)

Through January 21

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last Week

1. Highlands – 2

2. Southwest – 1

3. Southside – 3

4. East Central – 4

5. Sam Houston – 7

6. South San – 6

7. Brackenridge – 5

8. Lanier – 8

9. Holy Cross – 9

10. Harlandale – 11

11. Kennedy – 10

12. Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 12

13. Burbank – 13

14. Jefferson – 15

15. Edison – 14

 

NR = not ranked

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lamkin’s team carries on her legacy

Sam Houston holds off Lanier

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Lanier, Sam Houston.

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Those acquainted with late Sam Houston girls basketball coach Milyse Lamkin knew her as a fighter.

Lamkin died of cancer in August after a years-long battle. The players she had intended to coach this season have done their best to carry on that fighting spirit, and that desire carried them to a 58-53 triumph over Lanier Jan. 13 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

“It’s kind of hard, but we always keep fighting,” said Sam Houston senior forward Monisha Jones, who was playing with an ankle sprain. “We don’t put heads down.”

The Hurricanes (12-7, 7-2) rode a 10-2 fourth-quarter spurt to victory against Lanier (15-11, 7-3) in a battle for second place in 28-5A. The Voks remained in the hunt by winning a close game Jan. 16, defeating Burbank (9-17, 2-8) 53-51.

Against Sam Houston, Lanier closed within 52-49 at the Alamo Convocation Center on a three-point possession with 1:20 remaining. Amanda Reyes made one of two free throws. Voks senior Destiny Garza rebounded the missed foul shot and passed to junior Ruby Garza (23 points)

The Voks then had a chance to tie the game when Brandi Mojica launched a three-point shot from the corner.

“I thought it was going in,” Lanier coach Laura Negrete-Fernandez admitted. “As much as they got ahead, if we would have made a few more free throws it would have helped.”

Lanier began the game scoring in increments of three, whether on three-point baskets or three-point plays.

A three-pointer from Ruby Garza supplied an 11-6 lead with 1:37 left in the first quarter.

“That was really our goal,” Negrete-Fernandez said. “We couldn’t match their height or athleticism. We’re an inside-oriented team, but we couldn’t play that way today.

“We hit a couple of threes and made some free throws. We just didn’t get enough.”

The teams traded baskets before the first quarter ended. Then Sam Houston turned up its intensity.

The Hurricanes scored the first six points in the second quarter, with five from 5-foot-10 senior Jordyn Stewart (19 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals) and a free throw from 6-2 freshman Ashawnte Brown (8 points, 10 rebounds). The pair combined with Jones (19 points, 10 rebounds) to help Sam Houston outrebound Lanier 45-14.

“That’s our strength, and we do try to play to our strengths,” said Hurricanes coach Marchae Keno, a 2005 Sam Houston graduate who was an assistant to Lamkin last year.

“Inside play is our strength, and it opens up other things.”

On the foundation of its inside game, Sam Houston outscored Lanier 23-6 in the second quarter and ked the rest of the way.

After the missed shot from Mojica, Ruby Garza split two free throws and cut Lanier’s deficit to 54-52 with 39.8 seconds left. Before another second ticked off, the Hurricanes hustled the ball upcourt and Stewart made two free throws. Sam Houston point guard Kori Dittiumus fed Jones for a layup that secured the win with 22.8 seconds on the clock.

“I just feel like my team has to fight for everything,” Jones said. “We have (injured players) who were not with us today. I’m going to get out there and fight for my team.”

Sam Houston’s boys and girls teams each wear warm-up shirts with this phrase on the back: Long Live Lamkin.

“It has definitely been a challenge,” Keno said, “but we’re trying to keep her name alive. We use it as motivation. She gave so much to the community. I just want to keep supporting her legacy.”

Lanier slid past Burbank behind 21 points from junior post Sabrina Cortinas, who battled foul trouble against the Hurricanes. Ruby Garza and Destiny Garza each scored 13 points.

“It’s a good mix of girls,” Negrete-Fernandez said after the Sam Houston game. “You just can’t give two quarters to a team and win. You have to play four quarters of basketball every game.”

Abigail Macias and Olivia Cardenas led Burbank with eight points apiece.

BOYS BASKETBALL: McCollum learning to win the tight games

Cowboys prevail, Harlandale’s last shot off the mark

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Harlandale, McCollum.

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Adding Harlandale, McCollum and Sam Houston to an already potent basketball district has created a minefield of trials and tribulations.

Of the 20 games played between Jan. 3 and Jan. 16 in District 28-5A, 12 were decided by five points or fewer. McCollum’s 52-50 win over rival Harlandale on its home floor was the Cowboys’ second-consecutive contribution to that 60 percent figure.

The Cowboys (12-11, 4-4) won their third-straight game in the series.

McCollum also edged Edison (8-15, 3-5) 53-49 Jan. 13 at Alamo Convocation Center. The wins forged a four-way tie for third-place with Brackenridge, Highlands and Sam Houston midway through the 28-5A season.

“All these games, for the most part, are coming down to the wire,” McCollum coach Marcus Alvarado said. “From a competition standpoint, it makes it intense. You have to work and scrap down to the last minute, then you’ve just got to pull it out.”

Eighth-place Harlandale (12-12, 2-6) came into the game riding high after upsetting Burbank (19-6, 6-2) 75-69 on Jan. 13. The Bulldogs were undefeated in 28-5A and shared first place with Lanier at the time.

Although that outcome wasn’t among the 60 percent, it was one of the 13 games (65 percent) that were decided by 10 points or fewer in the same span.

“I’ve been coaching 20 years and I’ve never seen a more-balanced district,” Harlandale coach Chris Adamek said. “They say this about the NBA. It’s a make or miss league.”

The saying refers to games coming down to the final shot.

Harlandale’s Ryan Blanquiz (13 points) couldn’t find the range on a three-point try from the right corner with two seconds on the clock Jan. 16 at McCollum. Blanquiz had tied the score 50-50 by converting a three-point play with 33 seconds remaining.

Cowboys senior Danny Lerma recorded the winning basket on a driving layup with 13 seconds left.

“I saw a new guy was on me,” Lerma said. “Whenever I got the ball, I was going to look to score. The ball just fell. I was going to look to score no matter what.”

Lerma had made two important free throws after teammate Angel Loera took a charge in the waning seconds against Edison.

“When Angel took the charge, it lifted us up,” Lerma said. “I had to make the free throws we needed for the win.”

Alvarado said that win helped pave the way for the win over Harlandale. Like the Indians, the Cowboys have a somewhat young team and needed the experience only close games can provide, he said.

“With these young guys, it creates intensity,” Alvarado said. “It carries over. You’re basically playing playoff basketball every night.”

When Harlandale and McCollum share a court, the desire to defeat a rival adds another dimension.

The Indians led 14-8 after a quarter and 25-22 at halftime. McCollum gained a 31-27 lead with 6:33 left in the third quarter by making back-to-back 3-point shots.

“At halftime, we were struggling,” Lerma said. “Then we made some shots. We just kept our heads up and kept fighting. We knew they were going to come after us.”

Harlandale changed its defense in the fourth quarter and forced three consecutive turnovers with about five minutes remaining in the game. A basket from senior post Ram Torres brought Harlandale within 43-40.

The Indians took a 47-46 lead on two free throws from Blanquiz with 2:49 to play. Cowboys senior guard Nate Aguero (13 points) stole the ball and sank two free throws for a 50-47 lead at the 1:59 mark.

“We still have eight games left,” Adamek said. “We’ve got the whole second half to play. It’s far from over.”

For Alvarado, the win was his first over Harlandale as coach at his alma mater.

“I almost feel like a young man playing Harlandale for the first time,” he said. “It’s been a rivalry since Day 1. I have the utmost respect for Chris and the Harlandale Indians.”

 

LAST 12 HARLANDALE-McCOLLUM GAMES

 

McCollum 7 wins, Harlandale 5 wins

 

Date                       Harlandale      McCollum        Location

Jan. 16, 2015               50                    52              McCollum

Feb. 11, 2014               65                    67              McCollum

Jan. 17, 2014               68                    75              Harlandale

Feb. 12, 2013               60                    39              Harlandale

Jan. 18, 2013               62                    32              McCollum

Feb. 14, 2012               60                    62              McCollum

Jan. 20, 2012               44                    48               Harlandale

Dec. 3, 2011                67                    60               South San

Feb. 15, 2011              65                     74               Harlandale

Jan. 21, 2011              61                     75               McCollum

Feb. 16, 2010              66                     46               McCollum

Jan. 22, 2010              62                     53                Harlandale

BOYS BASKETBALL: Memorial seems to be closing in on first 27-5A win

Minutemen took Champion and San Marcos to the wire

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Memorial.

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Its first District 27-5A victory continues to elude Memorial, but the Minutemen remained right on the cusp of it.

Memorial (7-18, 0-8) lost its last three games in the district by a combined total of just 19 points. That includes an 11-point loss to rival Kennedy Jan. 9 that was closer than the score indicated.

At Edgewood Gym Jan. 16, the Minutemen took a 64-59 lead into the fourth quarter against San Marcos (12-12, 6-2). The Rattlers, who share second place in 27-5A, averted the upset with a 92-87 win.

In the loss, Minutemen senior guard Bryan Obregon scored 34 points and San Marcos’ Steven Price finished with 36.

“It was frustrating,” Memorial coach Jon Sanchez said, “but we played better than we’d been playing in the past, especially (against San Marcos). Bryan had one of his best games. They just shot the ball better than we did.”

Memorial was even closer to victory Jan. 13 against Boerne Champion (11-11, 3-4). The Chargers hit a three-point basket as time expired for a 54-51 win after the Minutemen tied it 15 seconds from the end.

“The kid caught it with two seconds on the clock,” Sanchez said. “It came down to that they hit the shots they needed to, and we didn’t.”

Despite the disappointments, Memorial and Kennedy (7-16, 1-7) – which lost a 61-60 heartbreaker to perennial powerhouse Alamo Heights in overtime Jan. 13 – have shown they can be competitive in the tough district. The football teams representing the Edgewood ISD schools proved to be overmatched.

“Our defense is playing really well,” Sanchez said. “That’s what has kept us in games.”

Against San Marcos, the Minutemen missed an open three-point shot from the right corner after the Rattlers had taken the lead. San Marcos made it a five-point final margin by making its free throws.

“Our guards can get by people,” Sanchez said. “We don’t have enough people who can finish. The exception is (Gabriel) McGarity.”

Obregon is capable of making long-distance shots regularly, but that phase of his game wasn’t working against San Marcos. So, the point guard compensated.

“He played an all-around game,” Sanchez said. “He was getting shots, and he’s our best rebounding guard. He does a lot of little things. He was getting to the rim, but he wasn’t hitting a lot of threes. He only had two or three, but he was getting a lot of layups and ‘and-ones.’ ”

McGarity, a sophomore, contributed 16 points. Jordan Portillo scored 10. C.J. Hernandez and Alfred Ramos, a three-year starting quarterback in football, added eight points apiece.

“McGarity has done a good job of making our defense better,” Sanchez said. “He’s getting better.”

On the heels of the loss to Kennedy, Memorial regrouped to stay close to Boerne Champion throughout. The Rockets contained Memorial’s offensive efforts by limiting fast-break opportunities and utilizing a 2-3 zone defense.

“They were just trying too hard and I was on them too hard,” Sanchez said of the Kennedy loss. “They were trying to do too much, but I think they figured it out after that game.”

As the Minutemen embark on the second half of district season, Sanchez said he planned to move up a pair of younger players from their underclass teams and continue to improve the team’s offensive efficiency.

“If we keep playing the way we’ve been playing,” Sanchez said, “we have a chance to win multiple games in the second half. We play better defense than most of the teams in our district.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 24)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 18-24

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (22-4, 3-1) 39, Corpus Christi Ray (19-7, 2-2) 26

South San (11-15, 1-3) 73, Corpus Christi King (8-20, 1-3) 68

Southwest (17-8, 3-1) 41, East Central (10-13, 2-2) 38 

District 27-5A

Lockhart (4-16 ???, 1-8 ???) 25, Memorial (1-23 ???, 0-10 ???) 21

Boerne Champion (16-10 ???, 7-4) 48, Alamo Heights (12-8 ???, 6-5) 32

Floresville (12-13, 7-4), 40, Kennedy (7-17 ???, 2-8 ???) 33

San Marcos (23-6, 9-1) 62, Seguin (11-15, 4-6) 45

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (11-16, 6-3) 61, Edison (7-20, 2-9) 46

Lanier (16-11, 8-3) 57, McCollum (2-19, 1-10) 53

Sam Houston (13-7 ???, 8-2) 44, Burbank (9-18, 2-9) 41

Harlandale (13-14, 7-4) 59, Jefferson (6-19, 3-8) 40

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (15-9 ???, 6-2) 48, Laredo Martin (7-13 ???, 4-4) 36

Medina Valley (9-16, 3-5) 43, Uvalde (3-23, 1-7) 22

Southside (16-7, 7-1) 56, Somerset (7-16, 2-6) 39

Laredo Cigarroa (17-2 ???, 8-0) 75, Eagle Pass Winn (0-11 ???, 0-8) 16

District 26-3A

Cole (24-2, 4-0) 54, Marion (15-10, 3-1) 29

Brooks Academy (3-6 ???, 1-3) 67, Natalia (10-11, 1-3) 56

Randolph (8-12 ???, 3-1) 58, Fox Tech (2-23 ???, 0-4)

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross (14-10, 6-3) 40, Cornerstone Christian (11-12 ???, 5-5) 32

Laredo St. Augustine (11-12 ???, 3-6) 32,TMI (4-17 ???, 1-8) 27

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (18-9, 8-1) 64, Corpus Christi John Paul II (3-7 ???, 3-7) 17

Victoria St. Joseph (26-5, 9-0) 65, San Antonio Christian (21-6, 6-3) 33

Non-district

Young Women’s Leadership Academy (20-11) 48, Providence (1-25) 25

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll (23-4, 4-1) 86, Corpus Christi King (8-21, 1-4) 44

Corpus Christi Ray (20-7, 3-2) 59, East Central (10-14, 2-3) 50

Southwest (18-8, 4-1) 56, South San (11-16, 1-4) 43

District 27-5A

Seguin (12-15, 5-6) 63, Memorial (1-24 ???, 0-11 ???) 14

San Marcos (24-6, 10-1) 57, Alamo Heights (12-9 ???, 6-6) 38

Kerrville Tivy (22-4, 10-0) 49, Boerne Champion (16-11 ???, 7-5) 40

Floresville (13-13, 8-4) 69, Lockhart (4-17 ???, 1-9 ???) 28

District 28-5A

Highlands (20-9, 11-0) 59,Edison (7-21, 2-10) 29

Lanier (17-11, 9-3) 49, Jefferson (6-20, 3-9) 41

Sam Houston (14-7 ???, 9-2) 54, McCollum (2-20, 1-11) 29

Harlandale (14-14, 8-4) 56, Brackenridge (12-17, 7-4) 50

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin (8-13 ???, 5-4) 79, Somerset (7-17, 2-7) 66

Southside (17-7, 8-1) 55, Laredo Nixon (15-10 ???, 6-3) 48

Laredo Cigarroa (27-4, 9-0) 67, Medina Valley (9-17, 3-6) 39

Uvalde (3-23, 1-7) at Eagle Pass Winn (0-11 ???, 0-8) (score unavailable)

District 26-3A

Brooks Academy (4-6 ???, 2-3) 70, Fox Tech (2-24 ???, 0-5) 16

Cole (25-2, 5-0) 80, Natalia (10-12, 1-4) 23

Marion (16-10, 4-1) 70, Randolph (8-13 ???, 3-2) 42

Non-district

St. Anthony (16-11 ???) 63, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (20-12) 48

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (19-9, 9-1) 42, Laredo St. Augustine (11-13 ???, 3-7) 23

Holy Cross (15-10, 7-3) 39, San Antonio Christian (21-7, 6-4) 34

Victoria St. Joseph (27-5, 10-0) 78, TMI (4-18 ???, 1-9) 28

Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-19, 4-7) 46, Providence (1-26, 0-9) 9

BOYS BASKETBALL: This week’s results (thru Jan. 24)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of Jan. 18-24

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King (16-8, 2-0) 62, South San (18-5, 1-1) 45

East Central (13-10, 1-1) 102, Southwest (15-9, 1-1) 59

Corpus Christi Carroll (17-4 ???, 2-0) 57, Corpus Christi Ray (10-13, 0-2) 46

District 27-5A

Floresville (17-10, 6-3) 54, Kennedy (7-17, 1-8) 48

Lockhart (12-12 ???, 4-5) 60,  Memorial (7-19, 0-9) 51

San Marcos (13-12 ???, 7-2) 67, Seguin (11-13 ???, 7-2) 64

Alamo Heights (15-6, 7-2) 46, Boerne Champion (11-13 ???, 3-6) 38

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (11-10, 5-4) 58, Edison (8-16, 3-6) 41

Lanier (16-11, 9-0) 71, McCollum (12-12, 4-5) 47

Harlandale (14-12, 3-6) 76, Jefferson (8-14, 1-8) 59

Sam Houston (7-11, 5-4) 56, Burbank (19-7, 6-3) 54

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa (10-7 ???, 3-3) 79, Eagle Pass Winn (4-15 ???, 1-5) 34

Laredo Nixon (16-8 ???, 6-0) 67, Laredo Martin (8-9 ???, 4-2) 46

Southside (8-13 ???, 3-3) 81, Somerset (14-8, 4-2) 80 (OT)

Medina Valley (11-12 ???, 2-4) 39, Uvalde (8-14 ??, 1-5) 36

District 26-3A

Marion (16-4, 2-0) 55, Cole (10-7 ???, 0-2) 35

Natalia (6-3 ???, 1-1) 57, Brooks Academy (0-6 ???, 0-2) 48

Randolph (18-2, 2-0) 80, Fox Tech (11-13 ???, 1-1) 29

TAPPS 4-4A

Cornerstone Christian (13-10 ???, 4-4) 80, Holy Cross (8-19, 3-5) 74 (OT)

TMI (19-14, 7-1) 49, Laredo St. Augustine (8-19, 2-6) 32

San Antonio Christian (27-5, 8-0) 73, Victoria St. Joseph (6-14, 0-8) 33

Corpus Christi John Paul II (13-10, 6-2) 47, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (9-16, 2-6) 38

Non-district

Austin St. Stephen’s (18-6) 64, Central Catholic (15-14) 60

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central (14-10, 2-1) 89, Corpus Christi Ray (10-13, 0-2) 67

South San (19-5, 2-1) 61, Southwest (15-10, 1-2) 50.

Corpus Christi Carroll (18-4, 3-0) 83, Corpus Christi King (16-9, 2-1) 60

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (16-6, 8-2) 63, San Marcos (13-13 ???, 7-3) 52

Seguin (12-13 ???, 8-2) 77, Memorial (7-20, 0-10) 76

Floresville (18-10, 7-3) 65, Lockhart (12-13 ???, 4-6) 63

Kerrville Tivy (19-8, 6-3) 62, Boerne Champion (11-14 ???, 3-7), 57

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (12-10, 6-4) 67, Harlandale (14-13, 3-7) 64

McCollum (13-12, 5-5) 62, Sam Houston (7-12, 5-5) 55

Edison (9-16, 4-6) 58, Highlands (9-15, 4-5) 51

Lanier (17-11, 10-0) 70,. Jefferson (8-15, 1-9) 53

District 29-5A

Uvalde (9-14 ??, 2-5) 49, Eagle Pass Winn (4-16 ???, 1-6) 46

Laredo Cigarroa (11-7 ???, 4-3) 61, Medina Valley (11-13 ???, 2-5) 53

Laredo Martin (9-9 ???, 5-2) 46, Somerset (14-9, 4-3) 44

Laredo Nixon (17-8 ???, 7-0) 92, Southside (8-14 ???, 3-4) 49

District 26-3A

Randolph (19-2, 3-0) 50, Marion (16-5, 2-1) 49

Fox Tech (12-13 ???, 2-1) 58, Brooks Academy (0-7 ???, 0-3) 48

Cole (11-7 ???, 1-2) 44, Natalia (6-4 ???, 1-2) 19

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian (28-5, 9-0) 64, Holy Cross (8-20, 3-6) 46

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 2-5A

Central Catholic (16-14, 1-1) 64, St. Anthony (5-11 ???, 0-2) 52

Antonian (23-8, 2-0) 45, Brownsville St. Joseph (15-7 ???, 1-1) 29

TAPPS 4-4A

Laredo St. Augustine (9-19, 3-6) 52, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (9-17, 2-7) 47

TMI (20-14, 8-1) 71, Victoria St. Joseph (6-15, 0-9) 36