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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Mavs bow out of Devine championship game to attend school employee’s funeral.
For a second straight week the Pearsall Mavericks fought their way to the championship game, this time at the Devine tourney, and for a second time did not capture the title.
The team instead opted to attend the funeral of a school district employee who died last week while en route to see the team play at Poteet.
“The coaches from Devine and Hondo were so understanding,” PHS Head Coach John Hernandez said. “We made the championship but decided to miss it to be with Eliseo (Martinez) to say our final goodbyes.”
The team knocked off Fredericksburg and Crystal City after losing to an athletic Wharton squad to advance to the title game on Saturday.
Julian Baez scored 21 points in the win over Fredericksburg, hitting four three pointers. Marco Camacho, Xavier Rendon and Leon Martinez all finished with eight points apiece.
Pearsall dropped a 64-49 decision to Wharton in a contest that was close throughout until the Tigers pulled away in the fourth.
Pearsall led 13-7 in the first but the Tigers put up 21 second period points to tie the game at 28-28 at intermission. Wharton outpointed Pearsall 18-14 in the third to lead 46-42 going into the final period.
Pearsall was limited to seven points in the stanza as the Tigers pulled away for the 15-point win.
Camacho led the Mavs with 14 points while Martinez added ten points. Nicholas Martinez also had eight points for Pearsall.
In their final outing at the event, the Mavericks took on district nemesis Crystal City and jumped out to an 8-0 lead before fighting off a rally behind its low post game and cruise to a 74-57 win.
Pearsall led 17-11 in the first and took a 29-22 advantage into halftime. They broke things open in the third, outscoring the Javelinas 23-13 to build a 52-35 lead.
Camacho paced Pearsall with 26 points while David “Bear” Rendon tallied 19 points in the win. Nicholas Martinez added 14 points in the win.
The Mavs were slated to host their annual Maverick Classic but the event was cancelled this week. The team will host La Vernia on December 21.