No. 8 Marion boys pull away from No. 4 Randolph, eye shared district title
(Marion) - Marion earned its second straight double-digit win over a team ranked in the top five of the TABC state poll and grabbed a share of first place in District 26-3A Friday night with a 64-54 home triumph over No. 4 Universal-City Randolph.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 8 in last week's poll, are 22-7 overall, 7-2 in district play, and tied with Randolph (28-2) and No. 5 Cole (28-5) for the 26-3A lead after knocking off both teams in the span of four days.
A shared district championship among the three teams, with all splitting their head-to-head matchups, seems imminent with one game left on each squad's schedule.
Marion and Randolph punched and counterpunched for nearly 28 minutes Friday to reach a 49-49 deadlock with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs reeled 11 straight points over the next three-and-a-half minutes to take control.
Marion drained 11 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished 17-22 at the foul line on the night. Senior forward Jackson Allen made 10 of his 11 attempts, eight in the fourth quarter, to cap a team-high 19 point outing.
"Huge," Marion head coach Jon Allen said. "I told the guys we've got to make free throws down the stretch, and they did that. We got them in foul trouble a little bit, and that just worked to our advantage, everything we wanted out of that."
The Bulldogs' double-double machine of late, senior guard Jacob Wallace, scored 18 points and snared 11 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals. Tyler Bridges netted 10 points, went 2-5 from three, and dished out three assists.
The two underclassmen in Marion's rotation, sophomore Easton Allen and freshman Ryken Autry, each burried timely threes early in the fourth quarter after Randolph had briefly taken the lead. Allen drained a triple in the second quarter as well to put the Bulldogs up 24-18, the largest cushion either team would enjoy in the tight battle.
"My hats off to my bench," Coach Allen said. "They came in and did exactly what I wanted. I said 'our threes aren't looking good right now. You two guys, that's what your job is. They came in and hit three of them for us, and that was huge, too."
Zach Goodwin contributed six points and three steals to the win. Brevin Wilson finished with two points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
Randolph's explosive tandem of Logan Brocamonte and Austin Nunez did everything they could to keep the Ro-Hawks close. Brocamonte led all scorers with 24 points, Nunez added 21, and they each hit four threes.
Marion's defensive effort forced the duo to work for their points on 15 field goals in 36 attempts, and the rest of the Ro-Hawks only managed nine points on 2-6 shooting.
"When we played them the first time, we tried to kind of face-guard, and deny 10 (Nunez) and 30 (Brocamonte) the ball, and I thought it kind of took us out of our defense a little bit and worked against us" Coach Allen said. "So in this game, we went back to basics, what we do, keep them in front of us. We switched everything, didn't want to give them anything free to look at, so that was huge. Contesting everything was a big key for us."
The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 29-25, including an 11-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
Marion can clinch at least a share of the District 26-3A championship with a road win over Gervin Academy in Tuesday's regular season finale. The opening tip in San Antonio is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Navarro girls roll past Marion in playoff warmup, both teams' bi-district matchups to air on KWED
(Geronimo) - Guadalupe County rivals Navarro and Marion tuned up for the UIL girls basketball playoffs in a warm-up game Friday night, with the Panthers prevailing 52-30 over the Bulldogs in Geronimo.
Marion led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Navarro used a 13-8 scoring edge in the second period to take a 20-18 lead into halftime. The Panthers won the third quarter 12-6 and the fourth 20-6 to pull away for the 22-point win.
Navarro's Maddi McCaig led all scorers with 12 points, Haleigh Ortiz added eight, Emily Hinkelmann and Brianna Castellano seven apiece, Ali Harless six, Becca Bradley and Sara Benner four each, Berklee Andrews three, and Anna Longoria one.
Lizzie Abrameit collected nine points, five rebounds, and three steals to pace Marion. Lily Bek added eight points, five boards, and four steals. Anessa Madrid scored five and distributed two assists. Becca Svochak finished with four points, while Autumn Holmes and Jissel Aguilar each had two. Holmes pulled down five rebounds.
After finishing fourth in District 26-3A, Marion (14-21, 4-6) opens the Region IV playoffs with a bi-district game against District 25-3A champion Lago Vista (21-5, 10-0) on Monday at 8 p.m. in Dripping Springs. The Vikings are led by senior post Grace Standiford, who averages 12.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals, and 5.3 blocks per game.
Navarro (21-14, 6-6) is the fourth playoff seed in District 30-4A and will face District 29 champion Devine (27-5, 8-0) in the bi-district round on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Legacy High School in San Antonio. Presley Quisenberry (11.5 ppg) and Sierra Pompa (9.1 ppg, 6.5 reb.) have paced the Arabians this season.
Marion and Navarro's bi-district playoff games will air live on KWED 1580-AM and Seguintoday.com. Monday's Marion pre-game coverage begins at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday's Navarro broadcast starts at 6:15.
Early lead slips away in Seguin loss to Tivy
(Seguin) - The Seguin boys basketball team jumped out to a 17-9 lead over playoff-bound Kerrville-Tivy in the first quarter of Friday's District 26-5A game at Goldie Harris Gym, but the Antlers took control from that point to hand the Matadors a 49-37 loss.
Tivy (19-10, 9-6) won the second quarter 15-6, the third period 13-8, and the fourth 12-6 to clinch the fourth and final playoff berth and drop Seguin to 2-13 in district, 7-25 overall.
Evan Head scored 15 points to pace the Mats offensively. Joseph Vela and R.J. Acuna added six apiece. Tyson Coleman finished with four. Trystin Silas, Christopher James, and Vaughn Schlogel rounded out the scoring with two apiece.
Tivy's Abraham Viera led all scorers with 19, while Joseph Love netted 15.
Seguin concludes the 2018-19 season Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. home contest against San Antonio-Veterans Memorial.
Lifegate basketball teams sweep Annapolis
(Seguin) - Both Lifegate Christian School basketball teams earned lopsided home wins over Corpus Christi-Annapolis Friday evening, with the boys prevailing 61-42 and the girls cruising to a 54-16 rout.
Justice Green led all scorers in the boys game with 24 points, Quinten Shellnut added 19, and Luke Landin finished with 10. Individual stats from the girls game were not available at press time.
The Lifegate boys are 10-9 on the season, while the girls' record is 10-4. The Lifegate girls visit Sunnybrook on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Both Falcon teams host St. Anthony on Thursday, with the girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys following at 7:30.