(San Antonio) – Navarro put up a fight against the 14th ranked team in the state in the first round of the 4A playoffs Monday night, but the Panthers couldn’t quite muster enough offense to upset Boerne in a season-ending 51-43 loss at Littleton Gym in San Antonio.
The Greyhounds (31-4) turned a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 22-11 cushion in the second period, but Navarro bracketed halftime with a 9-0 run to pull within two, 22-20, midway through the third quarter.
Boerne used a 14-5 run to stretch the lead back to 11 points, 36-25, by the end of the third and went up by as many as 13 in the fourth period. The Panthers rallied to within six in the closing seconds behind a pair of three-pointers from Will Eveld and Rosendo Cuevas, and two late Boerne free throws pushed the final margin to eight.
Navarro head coach Nicholas Lopez commended his team for executing its game-plan and competing until the final buzzer against a Boerne team that defeated its regular season opponents by an average margin of 21.7 points per game.
“They did a great job of protecting the ball, and limiting Boerne to one shot, and controlling the boards, and for the most part we did that,” Lopez said. “But you know, a good solid program’s going to find a way to win, and they hit just enough shots to win the game. That’s what a good, sound team will do, and all the credit goes to Boerne this evening, but we made them earn it, so I’m very proud of our boys for that.”
As has been the case through most of the season, the frontcourt duo of Mason McCaig and Will Eveld carried the offensive load for the Panthers. Each player scored 14 points, and McCaig barely missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Eveld collected two steals and hit two threes in five attempts.
Cuevas and Christian Soto chipped in with five points apiece, Wyatt Tate and Harrison Kimble each netted two, and Tyler Law hit a free throw.
Navarro eclipsed its season average (50 percent) at the free throw line, going 14-21 to finish at 66.7 percent on the night.
Boerne guard Doak Stangle led all scorers with 16 points and hit four threes. Dalton Zoeller added 14, including a 10-12 night at the free throw line.
After finishing fourth in District 27-4A and advancing to the bi-district playoffs, Navarro’s final 2017-18 season record is 11-17.