The Bobcats move on!
Faced with a touch challenge at home Tuesday against a very hot Weslaco club, EHS bowed up for a 57-50 bi-district win to send the program on to the second round for the first time in six seasons.
Antoine Woodard scored 19 points with Damian Garcia adding 15, and Woodard came up with a big steal late, leading to a pair of clutch free throws that cooled off a Panther rally.
With the victory, EHS improved to 27-10 for the season in preps for the area round clash with South San Antonio (27-7). South San handled Juarez-Lincoln by 20 Tuesday while Edinburg won a first-rounder for the first time since beating Brownsville Porter in February 2012.
The South San clash comes Friday night at Laredo United HS.
Vela was also a smash hit in bi-district, traveling to Brownsville to defeat Rivera, 66-59, reaching the 20-win plateau in the process. With the success, the SaberCats erased some of the sting of last season, when they were 29-2 but denied a playoff berth due to the use of an ineligible player.
Coach David Keith’s headed to the area round and a matchup with Del Rio, which pulled a stunner of an upset Tuesday against 30-6A champ McAllen Rowe. That game comes Saturday at 3 p.m. at Texas A&M International in Laredo.
COOGS PLOWED AT HOME BY 18
One is tempted to say that North did not quite show up for its home bi-district test with Harlingen Tuesday, with supporting evidence. But the other reality, is, the Cougars also ran into a healthy Cardinal outfit that had it all working for the playoff starter, winning going away.
Using their length, quickness, and depth the Cardinals stomped North by 18 to advance to area by taking a double-digits lead in the second period on the road and never slowing down at all. They got three injured players back and made a very strong showing.
The Coogs, champs of District 31-6A, turned it over with rapidity and frequency in the early going, and at the other end Harlingen converted a ton of good looks in close. With a team full of athletic 6-0 kids, the Cards just dominated the game, no two ways about it.
This was a disappointing performance from a North club that vaulted to the top of the standings with a series of excellent outings, as the shots were not falling and the offense never approximated a consistent pattern. An 8-game winning streak evaporated in a slew of mistakes against a worthy foe. Harlingen had slipped to fourth seed after a late loss to Brownsville Rivera but did not play like it Tuesday. Their players were more focused and energetic, their fans and cheerleaders louder and more fired up.
Finishing at 25-12 for the season, the Coogs must learn the lesson given in bi-district: be ready or get splattered. Abraham Nunez led the scoring for the Coogs with 15 points and Juan Vazquez added 12, including three 3-pointers in the third. The home side cut the margin to 12 late in the third but threw the ball away too much to mount a comeback.
Sophomore Izaiah Rangel was limited to five points and five rebounds, as the Cards presented a difficult defensive puzzle and easily won the glass battle at both ends.
JAGS END WITH 24 WINS
On the road Tuesday against a 30-win Los Fresnos team, Econ could not keep the Falcons from rising to 31-6 after a 75-56 loss. Hot shooting from Simon Pina kept the jags (24-13 overall to finish) alive, and guards Angel Salinas and Johnny Barrientos combined for 22 markers. But the Falcons, champs of 32-6A, roared to a 16-0 run in the second half to put it away.