Freshman Lions finish 2-2 at tournament
Freshman Lions win consolation at tournament
The Lockhart freshman boys” basketball team traveled to Seguin to participate in the Seguin Matador Invitational Tournament.
The Lions opened up against a tough Smithson Valley in the first round of the tournament.
After a slow start in the first half, the Lions attempted to catch up by out scoring the Rangers
22-19. But the Rangers prevailed and won the game 58-35. Leading Lions scorers were Jeremiah Johnson with nine points, Joseph Torrez with five points and Casey Butler with five points.
Determined to have a shot at the consolation game, the Lions came back in their second game to beat Austin Crockett 57-43.
The Lions jumped out on top 13-9 after the first period and increased their lead 26-18 at halftime.
Both teams scored twelve points each during the third quarter, with Lions on top 38-30.
Lockhart outscored Crockett in the fourth quarter to win the game 57-43.
Casey Butler ended with 16 points while Ryan Carrasco had 12 points and Jonathan Gonzales had 11 points.
The Lions faced Austin Akins in the third game. After the first quarter, the score was tied at 12 but Akins took a small lead 26-22.
Akins furthered their lead by outscoring the Lions 38-29 and won the game 64-51.
Gonzales led the Lions with 13 points. Butler followed with 11 points, Gerald Cuellar with 10 points, Carrasco with six points, Stephen Brumley with five points, Shane Sellers with four points and Cody Skelton with two points.
In the consolation game of the tournament, the Lions played New Braunfels Canyon for the trophy.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead 11-7 after the first period and went on to increase their lead to 32-19 at halftime.
But the Cougars bounced back and outscored the Lions 16-13 for the third quarter. Determined to win, the Lions took control of the fourth and won the game 61-44.
Scoring for the Lions were Butler with 10 points, Gonzales with nine points, Cuellar with nine points, Demetrius Joseph with nine points, Carrasco with seven points, Johnson with six points, Joseph Gonzales with five points, James Mendez with four points and Torrez with two points.
“The Lions have showed much improvement since the beginning of the season,” said coach Mark Brown. “If they continue to work hard at practice, they will be a team that will accomplish many goals.”
(Courtesy of Mark Brown)