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PEARSALL MAVERICKS BASKETBALL
A foul called on a last second shot at the buzzer helped seal a 76-75 win for Hondo over Pearsall last week in the only hoops action prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Hondo’s shooter hit his free throws as the Owls escaped with the one-point victory.
“We went 19 of 39 on our free throw attempts,” PHS Head Basketball Coach RJ Sanchez said. “So that didn’t help either.”
Injuries have forced the Mavericks to play a younger lineup early in the season but Sanchez is encouraged by prospect of playing his more inexperienced players.
“I’m suppose to have a veteran group but it’s the young guys who are stepping up to the plate and keeping us afloat,” he said. “They are getting a lot of experience and learning to play at a high level.
“My veteran point guard, Leon Martinez, will be out for another six weeks with a broken foot. I’m running with my freshman Ayden Rodriguez who has been holding his own and stepped up big time.
“Another key guy we’re missing is senior David “Bear” Rendon, he’s our big man, so playing small has hurt us on rebounding and put back layups. Overall, our progress is steady as we build our culture and identity. Everyone is at practice, regardless of status, so learning never stops and everyone is buying in. We will continue to get better.”
Sophomore Xavier Rendon led the Mavericks with 31 points against the Owls.
Pearsall was in action at San Antonio Christian Tuesday evening and the Mavericks will then head to Crystal City for the Javelina tournament this weekend.