In the seventh grade contest, the Bobcats fell behind early, 8-4 as the offense struggled a mite. But the S-T boys kept firing, and the shots began to drop through the nets in the second quarter. The ’Cats hit for 19 second quarter points to jump in front of the Longhorns 23-16 at the end of the first half.
The two teams played evenly over the final two quarters. The GW boys added 22 second half points while the S-T boys stayed close with 19. The final was a close 42-38 win for the Bobcats.
Rebounding and defense played well were also a big part of the S-T win, according to coach John Salinas. Julian Jimenez and A.J. Arredondo helped control the boards along with some help from Dee Crittenden. Mereck Belcher, Cole Terry, Storm Toelkin, Marcus Hinojosa, Ben Shelton and Cade Conrad all made big contributions on defense to help corral the Longhorns.
Matthew Nelson was the hot hand on offense with 26 points in the win. Arredondo followed with 11 points. Ryan Garcia hit for three and Crittenden added two.
“Our guys played a heck of a game from start to finish. We eliminated some mistakes we made at our tournament, and we played sound basketball against the GW boys,” Salinas said.
“Our press forced some turnovers, which was huge for us, especially late in the game.”
In the eighth grade match-up, the GW boys got off to a fast start and did not let up until the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand. It was 16-7 after one period and 28-9 at the half. The Bobcats scored 12 second half points and the young Longhorns added 10 points to their side of the scoreboard. The final was all GW at 38-21.
“We lost to a good George West team. We were short on players due to illness, but the players that did play gave it their all,” said coach Jimmy Trevino.
“Armando Rivas did a good job in leading the ’Cats in scoring, while Angel Castillo led the team in rebounding.”
Rivas finished with 12 points. Jordan Chavarria followed with four. Castillo and Chris Diaz both scored two. Mason Crawly added one point on the night.
The S-T JH boys played host to San Diego on Monday night.