Tigers split games in Boerne, fall to Harlandale
Floresville senior Jaron Medina (22) moves between defenders as fellow senior Charlie Albert looks to make a move with the ball.
BOERNE -- The Floresville Tigers finished the end of Christmas week playing in the Boerne ISD Tournament. The tournament was a two-day event that consisted of four games with no bracket play. The Tigers drew a tough pool, facing the city-ranked Clemens Buffaloes, Seguin, New Braunfels Canyon, and the Class 5A Smithson Valley Rangers.
The Tigers faced the Clemens Buffaloes first, a team with a 12-5 record and ranked ninth in the San Antonio Express-News’ boys basketball rankings. The Tigers led most of the first quarter, but with a little more than three minutes to play, the Tigers turned the ball over five times, allowing Clemens to get easy scores, finishing the quarter up, 29-14. The Tigers could never catch up, but the hot hand of Estevan Mendiola shooting 67 percent from the arc kept the game respectable with the Tigers losing 84-69. Mendiola finished with 25 points, Andres Morales added 10 points, and Charlie Albert finished with 10 boards.
The Tigers’ next opponents were the Seguin Matadors (8-9), a quick and athletic team. The Tigers kept it close in the first half, going into the locker room down by 4 at 33-29. But the second half was all Floresville, as the Tigers outscored the Matadors 33-19 and dominated on the boards with 18 rebounds. The Tigers beat Seguin 62-52. The Tigers were led by Mendiola with 18 points and Albert with 14 points. Albert and Mason Ray took care of boards with eight rebounds each, and defensively, the Tigers’ Derek Moczygemba finished with three steals. Overall, it was a good win for the Tiger team.
Friday was day two of the tournament, and the Tigers met up with the New Braunfels Canyon Cougars (10-9). The Cougars shot well and controlled the boards, never letting the Tigers get into the game. The Cougars were victorious with a 64-42 win over Floresville. Chris Albert, the only Tiger in double digits, led the team with 10 points.
After coming off the hard loss to Canyon, the Tigers returned to the gym that evening to face a strong 5A team -- the Smithson Valley Rangers (12-8). It was all tied up at the end of the first quarter play at 13-13, but the Tigers took the lead in the second quarter, shooting 67 percent from the field. They went to halftime leading the game 33-26. The Tigers’ solid shooting and rebounding continued in the second half, allowing Floresville to secure a victory over Smithson Valley, 64-52. Three Tigers finished in double digits, including Charlie Albert and Vernon Marsh with 12 points apiece, and Darren Orth, who added another 10. Defensively, Jaron Medina, Mason Ray, and Derek Moczygemba robbed the Rangers with multiple steals.
It was another good win for the Floresville Tigers.
The team then resumed district play Dec. 31 against the Harlandale Indians. The Indians had home court advantage and came out on fire, while the Tigers struggled in the first half, shooting only 14 percent from the field. This allowed Harlandale to go into the locker room with a 16-point advantage.
The Tiger offense finally started clicking in the third quarter, as it began to rely on its inside game. Floresville put 19 points on the board to close the gap to within 6, but the Indians hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third to maintain a 9-point lead. The Tigers kept it close in the fourth period, but a few costly miscues allowed the Indians to keep the lead and eventually win the game, 54-44. The Tigers were led offensively by Charlie Albert, who finished the game with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
The Tigers were scheduled to continue district play Jan. 4 at home against Memorial.