Lanier 58, Sam Houston 48
The host team took control of this battle of two of the area’s best teams last Saturday afternoon at the Lanier Alumni Center with an 13-2 run in that spanned the second and third quarters.
Lanier senior Martin Sanchez scored nine points in the run, starting with a pair of free throws that forged a 20-20 tie for the Voks (15-2)with 59.4 seconds remaining in the first half. Following a steal from Fred Rosales, Sanchez (26 points) also notched a driving layup 8.4 seconds before the half to give Lanier a lead it never surrendered on the Nemo Herrera Court.
The Hurricanes (5-5) had taken a 20-16 lead with 2:06 left in the second quarter with a layup from Devin Allen (8 points). Sam Houston played most of the game without junior guard Jordon Harris, who picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and his fourth with 2:17 left in the third.
Sam Houston never was closer than eight points after Lanier’s decisive run.
A free throw from Isaac Thornton (23 points) put the Hurricanes within 37-27 after three quarters. Harris returned at the start of the fourth and hit a long three-pointer that cut the deficit to nine. Baskets by Rosales and Sanchez, off a steal made it 43-30. Sam Houston answered with a three-point possession when Thornton split a pair of free throws, rebounded the miss and put in a layup.
Sanchez answered with a three-pointer off a bounce pass from junior point guard Louis Garza. Sam Houston pulled within 48-38 on a three-pointer and a driving layup from Harris (15 points), the former off an assist from Richard Nation. Sanchez converted a one-and-one and Thornton scored off a rebound to maintain the margin.
A clever left-handed layup from Rodrigo Garcia increased Lanier’s lead to 53-42 with 3:05 remaining, which enabled the Voks to spread the floor.
Jose Luis Gonzales scored 13 points for Lanier. Sanchez raised his season scoring average to 25.2 points a game.