Buzzer-beater sinks Seguin in road loss to Marble Falls
(Marble Falls) – Marble Falls forward Andrew Stripling drained a turnaround three-pointer as time expired to hand the Seguin boys basketball team a gut-wrenching 45-42 road loss Tuesday night in District 26-5A.
Seguin ran more than a minute off the clock on its final possession with the game tied at 42. Michael Mickles drove the lane with less than five seconds left and tried to drop off a pass for Christian Martinez on the right baseline, but Marble Falls point guard Josh Mosley stripped the ball loose for a steal, and his head coach Matt Bailey called an immediate timeout.
The clock only showed 1.9 seconds when the Mustangs set up the final play, but that was enough time for Stripling to catch an inbounds pass from Sam Mays on the left wing, dribble once, and launch the game-winning three before the buzzer.
A goaltending call on an Evan Head layup allowed the Matadors to tie the game at 42-all with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter. After the teams traded empty possessions, Marble Falls ran more than a minute off the clock before Josh Whitecotton missed a potential go-ahead jump-hook with 1:35 to go. The Mustangs committed three fouls at different intervals to try to disrupt Seguin’s final possession, the last of which occurred with 8.6 seconds to play.
“We held the ball there that last minute, did a good job of that, they had fouls to give, and every time we had something that we were going to do, they fouled us, and that kind of took us out of a few things,” Seguin head coach Dwayne Gerlich said. “We kind of misexecuted the last play. We just didn’t hit the right man at the right time, so we kind of messed that up.”
Trystin Silas scored 14 points to lead the Matadors, Head and Arturo Hernandez netted eight apiece, Martinez finished with seven, and Mickles chipped in with five. Stripling and Mosley scored 18 and 17, respectively, to lead Marble Falls.
The game was tied at 14-all at the end of the first quarter, with Hernandez draining two threes in the opening period for Seguin. Silas scored all 10 of the Matadors’ points in the second period, but the Mustangs put 13 on the board to take a 27-24 lead into halftime.
Martinez got hot and put seven points on the board in the third period to help the Mats build a six-point lead, but Mosley scored on a transition layup in the closing seconds for Marble Falls, so Seguin took a 39-35 cushion into the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs opened the final period on a 7-1 run to go up by two before Head’s goaltending bucket knotted the score to set the stage for the dramatic finish.
The loss drops Seguin to 4-6 in district play, 11-18 overall. The Mats are tied with Marble Falls for fifth place in the 26-5A standings, but the Mustangs own the tiebreak after sweeping the head-to-head series. Both teams are two games back of Dripping Springs and Kerrville-Tivy in the playoff race with four left on the schedule. The Tigers and Antlers are tied for the third and fourth spots with 6-4 district records after Tuesday losses to Alamo Heights (10-0) and Boerne-Champion (8-2), respectively.
“We’re going to need to beat one of those good teams, and get this done right,” Gerlich said of his team’s uphill climb in the playoff race. “We’re not out of it yet. We’ve still got a chance, and that’s all you can ask for. It’s one of these that you wish you had back, or at least have a chance to go to overtime and see what would have happened, but the kids played great tonight. They fought hard, they did what was asked of them, and the ball bounced their way and they hit the shot at the end.”
Seguin looks to bounce back Friday at Goldie Harris Gym with a 6:30 p.m. home game against Kerrville-Tivy.
Seguin girls’ rally falls short in home loss to Marble Falls
(Seguin) – The Seguin girls basketball team sliced a 20-point deficit down to six in the fourth quarter, but Marble Falls hit enough free throws down the stretch to hand the Matadors a 53-42 district loss Tuesday night at Goldie Harris Gym.
The defeat drops Seguin to 4-8 in District 26-5A, 10-23 overall, and leaves the Matadors no margin for error in the playoff race. Seguin sits in sixth place, two games back of fourth place Lockhart (6-6) with two left on the schedule, and a game behind fifth-place Boerne-Champion (5-7).
The Matadors have to win out and hope that Lockhart loses out just to tie the Lions in the final standings. Any Seguin loss or Lockhart win in the next week would mathematically eliminate the Mats from playoff contention.
Kerrville-Tivy (11-1), Marble Falls (11-2), and Dripping Springs (9-3) have already secured playoff berths, so the fourth and final spot is the only one that remains unsettled heading into the final week of the regular season.
Seguin heads to Kerrville to face district co-leader Tivy on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.