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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Pearsall notches first league win after taking down Hondo.
Pearsall overcame an early deficit and used a strong third quarter effort to top Hondo 61-59 and improve to 1-0 in District 30-4A basketball action on Saturday, January 23.
The contest was a make-up game from January 12. Pearsall had both games postponed that week due to COVID-19 precautions. The team was slated to resume play on January 22 against Uvalde but that contest was also postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Pearsall took the floor Saturday morning at Hondo after having not played since a January 8 victory over Bandera.
The Mavericks got off to a slow start, scoring only four points in the opening stanza and fell behind 10-4. They rallied in the second, outscoring the Owls 15-14 in the period to cut the margin to 24-19 at intermission.
“It’s just hard to stay consistent,” PHS Head Coach John Hernandez said. “We try to keep them (the players) game ready, but they need competition to stay ready.”
Pearsall’s offense came to life in the third, erupting for 27 points and outpointing the Owls by nine in the quarter as the Mavs took a 46-42 lead going into the fourth.
In a back-and-forth affair in the final frame, Hondo outscored the Mavs 17-15 in the final period of play but Pearsall held on to claim the two-point victory.
Mark Ovalle led the team in the win with 18 points and two rebounds. He was five of nine shooting and hit a team-high seven of 11 free throws.
David “Bear” Rendon added 17 points on eight of 15 shooting. He also pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds, two steals and a block. Nick Martinez added eight points, five rebounds and two steals. He also hit on two of three of his three point attempts.
Jasiah Vaquera tallied six points, nine rebounds, three steals and a block in the win while RJ Ortiz and Julian. Elijah Hernandez and Marco Camacho also scored two points apiece for the Mavs.
The move temporarily puts the Mavs atop the 30-4A standings with Uvalde, who is 2-0. Crystal City is third at 1-1 and Hondo sits winless at 0-3 in district.
Pearsall was set to take on Crystal City Tuesday evening on the road and host Hondo Friday, January 29. The Mavs will also take on Carrizo Springs on Saturday, January 30 in a remake of their postponed January 15 contest. Pearsall will also take on Uvalde Monday, February 15 in a remake of the postponed January 22 outing.