PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Alarcon led all scorers with 23 points in Tuesday’s home game
Owls win final 2 games in Poteet tournament
Poteet -- The Hondo boys’ basketball team won its
final two games over the weekend in the Poteet Tournament.
Hondo will finish its pre-Christmas schedule this Friday, Dec.
19, at 7:30, when the Owls host Uvalde in the Activities Center.
On Dec. 29-30, they’ll go to the Comfort Tournament.
In its two games on Thursday, Dec. 11, Hondo lost to Poth 56-39
and Uvalde 53-34. In each game, it was one bad period in
particular which doomed the Owls’ chances. Against Poth, the
Pirates outscored Hondo 15-6 in the second quarter to go up 32-18.
In the game with Uvalde, the Coyotes’ 12-2 edge in the third
period was the big difference.
Friday morning, Dec. 12, the two middle quarters were Hondo’s
undoing in a 47-28 loss to Cole, which the Owls had beaten on the
Cougars’ home floor in the second game of the season. This time,
Cole owned the middle two quarters, 25-7.
The Owls came up against tournament host Poteet in the final
game on Friday. This time, Hondo dominated the second half,
turning a two-point halftime lead into a 51-37 victory. Hondo
outscored the Aggies 25-13 after the break. Derrick Alarcon led
the Owls’ balanced scoring with 14 points in the game, with 11
from Ryan Frosch, eight each from Trey Lemons and Isaiah
Quintanilla and six from Jacob Rangel.
Saturday morning, Dec. 13, the Owls faced Lytle in a battle of
the fourth place team from the two five-team pools. Hondo beat
their district rivals, 31-19. Hondo built a 12-point lead, then
spent the fourth quarter running a stall to effectively kill the
Alarcon had 19 points in the win over Lytle, and was named to
the all-tournament team.
In a contest played on Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Owls dropped a
64-43 decision to Medina Valley in Castroville. The Panthers took
a 40-22 halftime lead, and were in control after that. Alarcon led
the Owls with 20 points in the loss.
Randolph pulls away from Owls in 2nd half
A short-handed Hondo squad stayed with Randolph for as long as
possible Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the Activities Center, but the
Ro-Hawks had a little too much firepower, and pulled away for a
63-39 win over the Owls. The game, originally scheduled to be
played at Randolph, was moved to Hondo because of scheduling
conflicts at the airbase school.
Hondo (3-11) kept it within six points through the first 12
minutes of the game, and scored the first two points of the second
half to pull back within 29-20. But from there on, the Ro-Hawks
began to pull away.
Derrick Alarcon led the Owls with a game-high 23 points. Hunter
Eitze added six.
Freshman Isaiah Quintanilla and sophomore Connor Davis each
made their first start in the contest. Another sophomore, Eddie
Gutierrez, saw his first varsity playing time and scored four
Randolph (10-1, and #24 in the current TABC 3A poll) had three
players in double figures, led by Bryan London’s 18 points.