(Seguin) – Aside from a 24-9 run that bracketed the third and fourth quarters, the Seguin boys basketball team had a tough time matching up with one of San Antonio’s top 6A programs Friday night in a 73-57 loss to Madison at Goldie Harris Gym.
The Matadors sliced a 52-28 third quarter deficit to nine points, 65-56, with three minutes left in the fourth period, but the Mavericks closed the game with an 8-1 run to deny the rally.
Seguin junior Trystin Silas led all scorers with 25 points, including 15 in the third quarter. The 6’3” forward scored six points on a single trip down the floor when he made a tip-in, two technical free throws, and a jumper after the inbounds play following the technical.
Silas and the rest of the Matador frontcourt did their best to battle Madison center Julius Nwosu inside, but Nwosu still matched his season average with 17 points. Three other Mavericks reached double figures, and Madison hit eight three-pointers over the course of the second and third quarters.
“The score doesn’t really indicate how well we played against them – I though we did a really good job,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said. “They’re very athletic, they have a big guy inside about 6’5”, weighs about 220, and we did a really good job on him when we could, trying to contain him. I think the biggest difference was, they were able to pitch the ball out and hit some threes.”
Madison led 16-10 at the end of the first period, stretched the lead to 17 points in the second quarter, and took a 36-23 cushion into halftime.
Silas poured in 13 of his 15 third quarter points after the Mavericks stretched the lead to 24 points, sparking 19-9 Seguin run that whittled the deficit down to 14 by the end of the period.
“He didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first quarter, but once he got a little rhythm going, especially there in the third quarter, he starts feeling it, and he is tough to stop,” Gerlich said of his leading scorer.
Christian Martinez added nine points for Seguin, and Justice Head finished with six. Michael Mickles, Jacob Vega, and Evan Head each put in four points, Brian Cash had three, and Dorian Shannon netted two.
The Matadors (5-9) have one non-district game remaining before opening the 26-5A schedule against Alamo Heights next Tuesday. Gerlich believes the Madison game provided numerous positives to build on as that clash with the Mules approaches.
“Against a good team, when you knock 15 points off a big lead, it takes a lot out of you,” the coach said. “They gradually built that thing back up to a double-digit lead. Again, we did so many good things out there that we can take and move forward, because we have a big district game on Tuesday against Alamo Heights.”
Seguin wraps up non-district play Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a home game in the SHS student activity center gym (the girls are hosting Dripping Springs in Goldie Harris). Tuesday’s district opener against Alamo Heights is slated for 6:30 at Goldie Harris Gym.