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Youth and injuries have hampered Pearsall and Dilley in early season hoops play this year as the Mavericks went 0-4 in action at the San Antonio ISD tournament while Dilley was winless at Hondo.
“The tournament had a good mix of teams from 4A to 6A,” PHS Head Coach RJ Sanchez said. “I thought we matched up well with some teams and others presented challenges.”
Pearsall dropped a 72-44 decision to San Antonio Brackenridge, fell 43-38 to Marble Falls, lost a 78-66 decision to San Antonio Burbank and then dropped a 51-43 decision to Kyle Lehman.
“We’ve seen sparks of success on both ends of the floor and continue to improve on our mistakes,” Sanchez said. “One game we only had three turnovers and zero in the first half, it’s games like those that, when we take care of the ball and play tough defense, keep us in the game.
“We just need to get over the edge by playing four quarters of solid defense. Overall I’m proud of their tenacity and resilience to overcome their challenges.”
With eight new faces to varsity on its’ ten-man roster, the Wolves have been slow to come around this season.
“They show spurts of good basketball,” DHS Head Coach James Rodriguez said. “But they’re new to varsity, we just need to be more consistent.”
The team notched an 80-53 win over Utopia on December 6.
Jorge Herrada led the team with 31 points while Sebastian Garcia finished with 25. Jacob Lopez added ten points while Seth Cano had nine.
Dilley then went 1-4 in action at the McMullen County tournament in Tilden over the weekend.
The Wolves opened with an impressive 76-61 decision over previously unbeaten George West. They then dropped three straight, losing 83-49 to Tilden, 59-58 to Freer, losing to Skidmore Tynan and dropping a 48-39 decision to Three Rivers.
“We should’ve finished top in the top three, but there’s not much consistency right now,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve got time (six games) to put it together before district play on January 13.