Well as of last week, it seems that the teams trying to get to the Regional tournament have lessened, but the teams that remain are a strong representation of what the Valley has.
As many say, “free throws make or break a game,” and that’s exactly what happened in the first round of playoffs for many teams that were favored to advance past the first round.
Weslaco High 69 Harlingen Cardinals 66
Brownsville Porter 53 Harlingen South 49
Laredo Cigarroa 52 Roma 47
Tuloso-Midway 46 Mission Veterans 43
While other teams cruised to the second round:
McAllen High 59 Laredo Alexander 35
Edinburg High 60 San Benito 44
Brownsville Hanna 79 Edinburg Economedes 51
San Antonio Southwest 61 McAllen Rowe 59
Laredo United 61 Sharyland 33
On to Round 2 (Area):
Again teams highly favored, such as Laredo United, Edinburg, McHi and Hanna continue their quest to the tournament:
Laredo United 63 Weslaco High 41
Edinburg High 72 Laredo Martin 60
Brownsville Hanna 65 San Antonio Southwest 46
Weslaco East 37 Uvalde 36, OT
Hidalgo 79 Crystal City 64
McAllen High 59 Brownsville Porter 54
Note: The Varisty Boys Basketball team of Weslaco East High School has made history this year by being the first team in school history to advance this far into the post season.
Also Congratulations to the Edinburg Harvest Christian Eagles who made it this far to capture such a great victory for their school. Eventhough they weren’t able to advance, with a loss to Dallas Tyler Street School in the TAAPS 1A State Semifinals game, the RGV is extremely proud of their efforts.
Now fast forward to March 1 and into the third round of the playoffs. Tonight marks a great night as eight valley teams are still in the run. The Valley squares off with a blend of Coastal Bend teams and hopes to advance tonight to face Central Texas teams.
Brownsville Hanna vs. McAllen High
Edinburg High vs. Laredo United
Weslaco East vs. Gregory-Portland
Hidalgo vs. Boerne
Santa Rosa vs. Taft
San Perlita vs. San Isidro
Out of this group, McAllen High, Edinburg High, and Santa Rosa all have playoff experience going as far as the Regional Tournament, with Santa Rosa going to the final four last year.
McHi boasts Seniors Ryan Evans, J.J. Avila, David Atkinson. (Nevin Franks pictured below is still part of the team, but unfortunately due to a knee injury can no longer play this season). Coach Swift has a very well-oiled machine with an extremely talented J.J. Avila. Avila is avergaing 21.4 pts a game, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.1 block per game. If that isn’t impressive, then here are more stats, Mcallen is the outright district champion in the 30-5A district with an undefeated season. Mcallen has also appeared at the Regional Tournament the past two years. Mcallen also placed in the Gold Bracket of the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Tournament this year in Pasadena, Texas. Though the numbers stack up on paper, Mcallen must prove they can win. With convincible wins throughout the season, the Bulldogs barely beat Valley team Brownsville Porter by 5 points. McHi will have to play flawless to beat Hanna tonight and advance to the next round.
G Ryan Evans, F J.J. Avila, F David Atkinson, and G Nevin Franks, McAllen Bulldogs
Tonight McHi faces familiar rival Brownsville Hanna Eagles. Hanna is coached by veteran Don Denson who knows what it takes to make the Regional Tournament. The Eagles have what I call, “a secret threat,” that is Anthony Garza. Garza is averaging 16.5 points a game. In last’s week thrashing against San Antonio Southwest, Garza scored 21 points. This guy can score, rebound, block, assist, you name it, he can do it. Hanna is by no means a one-man team. The Eagles also carry crafty Senior point guard, Mario Castaneda and Senior forward Albert Lekach. Castaneda knows his way inside the paint and will score endless layups if given just an inch of room. He’s a great leader on the floor and knows how to set up his team to be successful. Lekach is a powerhouse under the basket and averages 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game. Again, Hanna will have to be near-perfect to defeat the McHi Bulldogs in tonights contest. Good Luck to both teams!
Senior Guard, Standing at 6’2″ Anthony Garza, Hanna Eagles
A much anticipated meeting between Edinburg High Bobcats and the state-ranked Laredo United Longhorns will square off tonight at a neutral site. I’ve seen the Longhorns play in the club team circuit since they were in middle school and even then they were tearing up teams with slick three-pointers and quickness to the basket. I remember watching G Danny Rosas hit three after three when he was just and 8th grader. Now as a senior, the story doesn’t change. Rosas is still leading his team as one of the top scorers. Alongside him is also senior G Mike Elizondo who is averaging 14 pts. a game, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals a game. This two-guard combo will be destructive as they play the Bobcats tonight.
2010 PG Daniel Rosas, Laredo United Longhorns
Jr. Guard, Aaron Olvera (in red), Edinburg High School Bobcats
I am heading to the Mcallen vs Hanna game tonight and honestly folks, it could be either team. I’ve seen both play during the season and both ball clubs have been tremendously impressive. Tonight will be a game that will do down in the books as one of the best games in RGV history. I can bet on it.