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DISTRICT 30-4A BASKETBALL
Mavericks to host YMLA Generals Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in first round.
Pearsall dropped an overtime decision to Uvalde and a two-point loss to Crystal City to finish 3-4 in league play and secure the third playoff spot in District 30-4A and will now face Young Men’s Leadership Academy of San Antonio on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in Pearsall.
The playoff berth marks the second in as many years for the Mavericks.
“It’s a great feeling to represent Pearsall,” PHS Head Coach John Hernandez said. “I couldn’t have done it these three years without my assistants Coach Berrelez, Coach Marcum and Coach Perez.
“Our goal has been to change the culture and program. I wanted to bring the love of the sport back which doesn’t happen overnight and requires a support system.
“With that being said, I’d like to thank Coach Bocanegra, our Athletic Director and Dr. Rodriguez, our superintendent. I look forward to making this a tradition,” Coach Hernandez said.
Following a two-game winning streak, Pearsall dropped two in a row heading into the postseason, albeit via narrow decisions.
Both losses were by a combined six points as the Mavericks fell 55-51 in overtime to Uvalde and 65-63 to Crystal City.
Pearsall led 20-12 at the half against the Coyotes and 32-24 through three periods but were outscored 21-13 in the fourth as Uvalde knotted the game at 45-45 at the end of regulation. The Coyotes then outpointed Pearsall 10-6 in the extra stanza to pull out the four-point win.
David Rendon led the way with 12 points, hitting six of 11 shots and pulling down 14 rebounds. R.J. Ortiz also added 12 points on four of six shooting.
Mark Ovalle had ten points, hitting five of eight free throws and pulling down seven rebounds.
Jasiah Vaquera tallied six points, eight rebounds and two steals while Julian Baez added four points.
A big second quarter propelled Crystal City to its two-point win over Pearsall.
The two were tied 13-13 after the first but the Javelinas pulled out to a 34-29 halftime lead. Pearsall cut it to 42-40 after three but the Javelinas held off the Mavericks in the fourth to claim the win.
Vaquera led Pearsall with 16 points, six rebounds and a block while Ovalle added 15 points and three rebounds.
Ortiz added 11 points, four rebounds and three steals while Nick Martinez had seven points.
Rendon also tallied seven points, nine rebounds and a block while Joey Ramirez added five points and three boards.
San Antonio YMLA went 10-7 this season and were 5-3 in District 29-4A, finishing second overall.