Cold spell: Cole wins
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
battles for a rebound in the Owls game with Cole. The team will host the
Hondo tourney this weekend.
One got away from the Hondo Owls last Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Leading Cole by seven points in the Activities Center with 4:30 left
to play, everything stopped falling for the Owls.
Simultaneously, the Cougars started grabbing all the rebounds, and
scored the game’s final 11 points to pull away for a 50-46 win.
The loss dropped the Owls to 2-2 on the year, with the 33rd Annual
Hondo Basketball Tournament coming up this weekend.
Hondo will have games starting Thursday, Dec. 5, along with games on
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, as the tourney shifts this year to a
complete round-robin among the six teams participating.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Owls will go to Lutheran High School in San
Antonio. The varsity contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Hondo started off trailing Cole, 17-9 after one period, but got hot
in the second, closing the gap and leading briefly before Cole took a
25-24 halftime lead. Derrick Alarcon had a pair of threes to help get
the Owls close.
In the third, the Owls got hot from the perimeter, with four
three-pointers, including three from Micah Gentry and one from Danny
Miranda. Hondo led 39-35 after three, and, on Gentry’s final three of
the night, took a 46-39 lead, and appeared to be ready to pull away in
But Cole stayed close, getting a pair of threes from Terrell Roberson
to pull within a point at 46-45.
The Cougars turned up the defense, forcing a couple of turnovers
which turned into buckets. And the Owls also missed a pair of
uncontested layups in the final minutes, and were unable to get any open
looks from the perimeter, where they had been hot just moments earlier.
“It was disappointing to lose the game like that,” said
first-year Hondo coach Ray Fierro. “But at the same time, it’s
valuable experience. This is a good team that beat us, and hopefully, we’ll
learn from it, and be able to manage a game down the stretch in the
Gentry was the only Owl in double figure scoring, finishing with 23
points. Alarcon added eight.
Roberson led Cole with 17 points, while Justice Pierce scored 14.
In the tourney this weekend, Hondo will open play against FEAST at 9
a.m. on Thursday. Other teams in the boys' tourney include Boerne, La
Vernia, Bandera and Cole.
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