Varsity Lions continue to struggle in pre-district
The Lions traveled to Seguin last weekend to participate in the Matador Classic tournament.
In their first round of play, the Lions had a second chance to face off with Austin Crockett. The Lions managed to stay close to Crockett due to a balanced scoring attack in which 11 of the 13 players scored. The Lions led after the first half 35-30, thanks to a strong start fro
m Brandon Hodges and Dustin Garza. The game was a little tighter after three periods as Austin Crockett managed to pull back in front 56 – 55. Terrance Waldon, Michael Schulle and Johnathon Gonzales heated things up in the fourth quarter as the Lions outscored Crockett 27 to 11, sealing the 83-67 victory. The top scorers for the Lions were Hodges with 19 and Waldon with 13. Gonzales and Garza added 10 points each to aid in the victory.
Saturday, the Lions faced off against the Seguin Matadors, who were much improved due to the return of Michael Martin and Dexter Ransom. Dealing with the added height of these two players turned out to be too much for the Lions to overcome. Cold shooting and a poor defensive effort added up to a loss for the Lions who were defeated 74-47. Only one player managed to reach double figures in points – Hodges, who picked up 12.
On Saturday evening, the Lions faced off with New Braunfels Canyon in a battle for third place in the tournament. The Lions started out playing well managing to stay with the top-rated team in Central Texas. After a three-pointer by Gonzales to open up the second period, the Lions trailed by only three points, 21-18. Cold shooting during the second and third periods by the Lions enabled Canyon to stretch out to a comfortable lead. After three periods the score was 64-31. The Lions held their own in the fourth period but were unable to overcome the deficit losing in the end 78-46. The leading scorers for the Lions were Gonzales, Hodges and Michael Schulle with nine, eight and seven points respectively. The Lions finished in fourth place for the tournament. Hodges was named to the all tournament team.
The Lions (3 – 3) will travel to Corpus Christi this weekend to play in the Pride of Texas Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 – 9.