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Mavericks nab playoff berth for second consecutive season after topping Wildcats.
Pearsall clinched a playoff berth for a second straight season with a 61-54 overtime win over Carrizo Springs last week in District 30-4A play.
The postseason berth marks the second in as many years since 2016.
“We gave ourselves a great chance for the playoffs last night and now we’re playing to get a better seed,” Pearsall Head Coach John Hernandez said.
The coach said earlier this week that the playoff scenarios are still too numerous to count as the Mavericks can fall anywhere from second place in the standings to fourth overall. Hernandez also said possible playoff opponents could be Young Men’s Leadership Academy of San Antonio or Devine, depending on district outcomes in each respective league.
In the win over the Wildcats, much like their previous two outings, the contest was close throughout.
Carrizo jumped out to a 14-12 first period lead but Pearsall bounced back in the second, outscoring the Wildcats 18-13 to grab a 30-27 lead at intermission. The Mavericks extended that lead to 46-39 at the end of the third.
The Wildcats fought back in the fourth, outpointing Pearsall 13-6 in the stanza to knot things up at 52-52 at the end of regulation.
Pearsall dominated in the extra frame, outscoring the Wildcats 9-2 in the quarter to take the seven-point victory.
The team shot 54 percent from the field and four players finished in double digits in scoring, led by its three seniors.
R.J. Ortiz had 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, seven steals and hit six of six shots from the free throw line for Pearsall. Mark Ovalle added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals while Jasiah Vaquera added 13 points, five rebounds and a steal and hit six of nine from the field.
Sophomore David Rendon added ten points, eight rebounds and five steals while junior Nick Martinez had five points and two rebounds. Junior Marco Camacho also had five rebounds and sophomore Joey Ramirez tallied four points and one rebound.
Pearsall was at Uvalde Tuesday evening and will host Crystal City Friday, February 12. The team will then close out the year at home against Uvalde in a make-up of their postponed January 22 outing.