Seguin forward Trystin Silas tries to score inside against a Veterans Memorial defender Tuesday night at Goldie Harris Gym.
Veterans Memorial pulls away late, hands Seguin 66-55 loss
(Seguin) – The Seguin boys basketball team’s second half rally from a 12-point deficit ultimately came up short Tuesday night in a 66-55 loss to San Antonio-Veterans Memorial at Goldie Harris Gym.
The Matadors trailed the Patriots 44-32 in the third quarter, but used a 15-4 run to make it a one-point game, 48-47, early in the fourth period. Veterans Memorial recovered in time to reel off 11 straight points, and Seguin came no closer than nine down the stretch.
The Veterans Memorial guards consistently beat Seguin defenders off the dribble to create a combination of layup opportunities and open threes, and the Patriots drained five shots from beyond the arc in the second half.
“I didn’t really realize how well they could shoot the ball from outside,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said. “We have to cut down some of those drives, and penetrate-and-pitch out.”
Senior guard Christian Martinez scored a game-high 22 points and hit four threes to lead the Matadors offensively.
After serving primarily as a pass-first point guard the previous two seasons, Gerlich says Martinez is learning to adopt a shooter’s mentality.
“Even though he does play the point, he’s kind of one of those points where we’re looking for someone to shoot the ball,” the coach said. “He’s a good three-point shooter, and we knew he was last year. He’s trying to be a little big more assertive. We’re doing to work some of those details out.”
Trystin Silas added 17 points for the Matadors, and Michael Mickles finished with 10.
Seguin jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter, but Veterans Memorial bracketed the end of the period and the beginning of the second with an 18-4 run to put the Mats in a 22-15 hole. A bucket by Mickles and four points from Martinez pulled Seguin back within one, but the Patriots closed the half with an 8-2 spurt to take a 30-23 lead into halftime.
Gerlich applauded his team’s rally from 12 down to pull within one in the second half, but says inconsistent play on the offensive end kept the Matadors from controlling the game.
“Really, the second half is where I thought we didn’t execute very well on the offensive end,” Gerlich said. “We’ve been working on that in practice, and we just have a little bit more work to do. Those little details of cutting, when to cut, going hard, slow down and go hard again, when to penetrate and when to shoot, we haven’t quite got that down. Again, we only have three returners back from last year, and we’re still looking for our identity.”
Seguin (4-5) has games in the River City Classic, hosted by New Braunfels and Canyon, on Friday and Saturday, and Gerlich looks forward to his benefiting from a competitive tournament field.
“We’ve got 14 days before the first district game,” the coach noted. ”The great thing about basketball is there’s another game around the corner. We’ve got two more Friday and two more Saturday, so we’ll work those kinks out.”
The Matadors face Sam Houston on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and Canyon at 4 p.m., both at Canyon High School. Saturday’s schedule depends on the outcome of Friday’s pool play games.
La Vernia rallies past Seguin girls 54-52
(La Vernia) – The Seguin girls basketball team took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s road game against La Vernia, but the Bears used a 20-13 run in the final frame and two free throws in the closing seconds to hand the Matadors a 54-52 loss.
The contest was tied at 14-all after the first quarter, Seguin won the second period 11-4 to take a 25-18 lead into halftime, and La Vernia sliced two points off the margin with a 16-14 scoring edge in the third quarter.
Carsyn Dietz scored 15 points to lead the Matadors offensively. Karalynn Villegas and Kaitlyn Baker added eight points apiece, and Hannah Patek finished with six. Desiray Rodriguez and Duvelsa Briones netted four apiece, while Ariann Canales and Madyson Tausch each finished with three.
Seguin (5-11) hits the road again Friday to face San Antonio-Churchill at 6:30.
Second half run fuels Navarro girls past Lytle
(Geronimo) – The Navarro girls basketball team let Lytle hang around for a half before pulling away to beat the Pirates 48-32 Tuesday night at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.
After taking a slim 20-18 lead into halftime, the Panthers doubled Lytle’s point total 28-14 in the second half.
Amber Reneau led all scorers with 17 points, Hailey Teasley put in nine, Haleigh Ortiz finished with seven, Taylor Shelton five, Molly Vrana and Ali Harless four apiece, and Miranda Hernandez two.
Navarro’s season record is 13-3. The Panthers play in the Moulton tournament today through Saturday.
Marion girls edge Bandera for road win
(Bandera) – Marion girls basketball survived its road trip to Bandera by holding off the home team down the stretch to notch a 47-44 win Tuesday night.
In the Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs matchup, Marion trailed 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to lead 21-17 by halftime, stretched the cushion to 39-29 heading into the fourth quarter, and withstood Bandera’s 15-8 run in the final frame to win by three.
Samantha Hopper turned in a strong all-around performance for Marion, totaling 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Madelyn Abrameit added 13 points, and Brianna Randle put in 10 to go with three steals.
Lizzie Abrameit finished with four points, eight rebounds, and a team-high five steals. Madison Batey led Marion with 10 rebounds while scoring three points, and Jissell Aguilar had two points.
Marion (7-3) opens the Fredericksburg Tournament today with game at 10:30 a.m. against Mason and 1:30 p.m. against Smithville.
Greyhounds hand Marion boys first loss
(Boerne) – The Marion boys basketball team’s season opening winning streak ended after six games Tuesday night in a 61-37 road loss to Boerne.
The Bulldogs (6-1) trailed 12-7 at the end of the first quarter, and the deficit was 33-14 by halftime. The Greyhounds outscored Marion 13-9 in the third quarter to take a 46-23 cushion into the fourth.
Jackson Allen’s 12 points led the Bulldogs offensively. Nathan Newman finished with eight, while Jacob Berry, Tyler Bridges, Brevin Wilson, and Jacob Wallace had four apiece. Creet Rabenaldt added a free throw.
Marion competes in the Devine tournament this weekend.