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Area boys basketball teams begin non-district schedule
Although the NBA still hasn’t hit the floor, that hasn’t stopped local athletes from doing so. Non-district games have been under way for a few weeks now, and most of the area’s teams are looking good out of the gate.
In Stockdale, the Brahmas are currently 3-0, with nice wins over Cuero, Poteet, and Canyon Lake. Cody Hastings is averaging nearly 18 points per game to lead the team in scoring. Trevor Baumann follows Hastings with 11 points per game, and Colton West has dropped in 9 points per outing. Caleb Sanchez is also having a good season as he has averaged 8 points per game.
The team was scheduled to play Knippa Nov. 29, and will participate in the Karnes City tournament Dec. 1-3.
The Nixon-Smiley Mustangs have only played three games so far this year, and like their neighbors in Stockdale, they too are 3-0.
Jaime Moreno continues to lead the offensive effort with more than 17 points per game, while Seth Barrow has managed to average 10 points per outing. Damian Perez is just a point or two behind Barrow, and Robert Mejia is also posting good numbers for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs didn’t have any games on their schedule for the week after Thanksgiving, but will host Three Rivers and Blanco Tuesday, Dec. 6.
A good run in the playoffs by the La Vernia Bear football team has slowed the progress of the basketball team, but that should begin to change. As of press time, the Bears had only played one game, and that was a loss to Nixon-Smiley.
During the team’s one game, Austin Pickens and Josh Campos led the team with 11 points each, followed by Thomas Burris with 6 points, and Johnathan Jupe with 4.
La Vernia was scheduled to return to the court Nov. 29 against Floresville, and will be in Karnes City this weekend for the Badgers’ tournament.
The Tigers of Floresville have also played an abbreviated schedule, but had a 2-1 record as of press time. The team began the year with wins over Southside and Kerrville Tivy, but then fell to New Braunfels Canyon.
Charlie Albert is the team’s leading scorer through the first three games with 32 total points. Estevan Mendiola scored 15 points in the one game he has played this season, and Cody Payne was close behind with 11 points in his one outing. Jaron Medina and Mason Ray each have 27 season points, and Josh Barnard has 12.
Over at East Central, the Hornets are even at 3-3 so far this season. The team began with a tough loss to Churchill, but responded with wins over Johnson and Laredo Martin. East Central then lost to Holmes, beat Keller Central, and fell to Warren.
Evan White has been the guy getting it done at East Central, and he currently has a season total of 123 points, putting his average over 20 points per game. John Baker is not far behind, averaging more than 18 points per game. Charles Chase, Ceddrick Ali, and Jermaine Dotson are averaging 8 points per game for the Hornets.
East Central was scheduled to host Taft Nov. 29, and will be in Seguin this weekend for tournament play.
While Falls City and Poth certainly compete in basketball, as well, the schools’ advancement in football playoffs has prohibited them from lacing up their court shoes. The Pirates should begin competition soon, but the Beaver football team is still alive and well in the playoffs, and it is unknown when their basketball season will begin.
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