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BI-DISTRICT BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Pearsall surged in the second and third periods but a string of turnovers late in the third allowed San Antonio’s Youth Mens Leadership Academy to rally from a nine-point deficit and rally for a 64-58 decision in the bi-district playoffs last Tuesday, February 23.
The Mavs were up 36-29 with six minutes remaining in the third but a series of turnovers, including on three straight possessions, allowed YMLA to cut the margin to 42-41 with just over a minute to go in the third.
“It was a tough loss but I’ve been extremely proud of the boys and all they’ve done this season,”PHS Head Coach John Hernandez said. “I will miss our seniors and want to thank them for everything they’ve done for the program. They have built the foundation for Maverick basketball.”
YMLA outscored Pearsall 18-13 in the third and 19-14 in the fourth and hit free throws down the stretch to hold off the Mavericks.
Sophomore David “Bear” Rendon had one of his best outings of the year, scoring 26 points on 12 of 13 shooting as YMLA had no answer for his presence down low. He also added 11 rebounds and three steals.
Mark Ovalle added nine points, four rebounds and two steals while Marco Camacho finished with eight points and two boards. Nick Martinez and Jasiah Vaquera both had five points while Vaquera added four rebounds and two steals.
RJ Ortiz tallied three points and three rebounds.
Pearsall closed out its season with a 9-9 Covid-19-shortened record and were third in District 30-4A at 3-5.