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Pearsall routs state-ranked Lytle; Rendon sets scoring milestone in 75-50 win.
Pearsall avenged a lopsided 2022 loss to Lytle Monday evening, crushing the state-ranked and previously unbeaten Pirates 75-50 in a non-district clash.
In action the week prior, the Mavs also lost to San Antonio Christian and went 2-3 in action at the Corpus Christi tournament.
Junior Xavier Rendon scored his 1,000th career point in the win against Lytle, scoring it on an inside basket in the first period.
The Mavericks improved to 7-8 on the season but have struggled to string together consecutive victories against quality opposition in their pre-district schedule. The impressive rout over Lytle Monday evening might change that as the team was impressive in routing the Class 3A, #13 ranked Pirates.
“The guys have been waiting for this game all season,” PHS Head Coach Jeffery Viesca said. “It added fuel to the fire that they were coming to Pearsall ranked in state and undefeated. Also, the guys did not forget what Lytle did to them last year when they scored 100 points and kept their starters in for the majority of the fourth quarter even when they were up big.
“Offensively, we had four Mavericks score over 10 points and we were making the correct passes, and also our transition offense was there all night. Defensively, we were making stops and blocking shots all night as well.”
The team played inspired ball as Coach Viesca said his squad played in honor of the late Eliseo Martinez, a former teacher and Maverick basketball supporter that passed away two years ago.
“I told the guys during our pre game speech, this was a statement game for us, so let’s go out there and make a statement,” he said. “The statement was made and I am very proud of the boys and their performance. Overall it was a great night, we celebrated Xavier’s milestone (reaching 1,000 career points) and we celebrated the life of Eliseo on the two-year anniversary of his death.”
Pearsall was 2-4 in action the week prior, falling 67-50 to Christian on November 27 before dropping three of five at Corpus Christi.
The Mavs lost their two opening games, falling 83-48 to Class 5A, state ranked CC Veterans Memorial and 66-46 to St. Stephens Episopal. Pearsall dropped into the bronze bracket with the losses but rebounded with wins over Santa Maria, 66-57 and Roma, 54-49. The team then lost a narrow 39-35 decision in the bronze title game to Kingsville King.
“We played well at the tournament,” Viesca said. “There was some tough competition. I am proud of the guys. They continue working hard and continue working together as a team.”
Rendon has been the offensive catalyst this year for the Mavs, averaging 21.5 points per game, along with 9.8 rebounds and just under two assists per outing.
Sophomore Jeremy Rodriguez has been a nice surprise on the offensive end as he’s scoring just under 13 points a game and 4.5 rebounds. Senior Leon Martinez is averaging just over seven points a game, four rebounds, four assists and two steals for Pearsall.
Pearsall will be in action this weekend at the annual Devine basketball tournament.