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Tigers on target to win district
Jared Kotzur (25) drives to the basket for 2 of his 8 points against Medina Valley.
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Tiger basketball team added two more wins to its record last week, giving the team control over the District 29-4A race.
The Tigers faced the Medina Valley Panthers last Tuesday night in Floresville. The Panthers came out quickly getting an early foul and sinking two free throws, followed by a 3-pointer in their next offensive series. But the Tigers got into their rhythm offensively, and took the lead going into halftime with an 8-point edge, 27-19.
It is unclear what Tiger Head Coach Coy Tackitt said in his halftime speech, but whatever it was, it ignited the team. The Tigers forced Panther turnovers and outscored the Panthers by a margin of 23-8 in the third quarter. Floresville earned another district win with the final score 64-43.
Offensively, Chris Albert, who shot 75 percent from the field to finish with 15 points, led the Tigers. Derek “Mooch” Moczygemba led the team defensively with three steals.
Last Friday, the Tigers found themselves on the road to San Antonio to face he Kennedy Rockets. Floresville got off to a quick 7-0 run with three different Tigers scoring. The Tigers were fueled by the perimeter play of senior Estevan Mendiola, as he scored 12 points in the first half. Floresville took a 41-18 lead into the locker room.
While the Tigers won the first half, the Rockets outscored the Tigers in each of the last two quarters. The margin wasn’t enough to give the Rockets the lead, however. The Tigers finished with a win, 68-54.
Three Tigers finished in double digits, including Mendiola with 17 points, Zach Chambers with 11 points, and Mason Ray added 10 points. Vernon Marsh pulled down eight rebounds, and Mendiola and “Mooch” led the team in steals with four apiece.
The Tigers were scheduled to face the Southside Cardinals Feb. 11 in Floresville. This was to be the team’s last home game and it was scheduled as senior night. A Tiger win on Tuesday night would give Floresville another district championship.
The Tigers also wanted to wish the Jaguars good luck on Feb. 11, as the girls entered the playoffs as the District 29-4A champs.
Fans and members of the community are encouraged to go out and support the Tigers and Jaguars.
Playoff information for both teams will be posted at www.wilsoncountynews.com.
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