Brandon Jasso floats a shot over a Canyon Lake defender in action from last week. His free throw with three seconds left on Tuesday sealed Hondo’s win over Pearsall. 

Hondo wins a pair of close contests


     After an opening night, one-point loss last Tuesday, the Hondo boys’ basketball team came back with a pair of hard-fought wins in the past week.

     On Friday, Nov. 18, Hondo went on the road and outlasted Navarro, 49-44.

     Back at home on Monday. Nov. 21, the Owls withstood a Pearsall fourth quarter rally, hanging on to beat the Mavericks, 75-74.

     Hondo was supposed to travel to Nixon-Smiley for a midday game on Tuesday. That game was canceled. 

    After the Thanksgiving break, the Owls will visit Luling on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with freshman and JV games at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30.

     Next weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, Hondo will host the 42nd Annual Hondo Tournament.

    In the win at Navarro, things were close the whole way, with the teams tied at 34 when the third quarter ended. The Owls outscored the Panthers, 15-10, in the fourth to put the game away. Landyn Rodriguez was the only Hondo player in double figures with 11 points. Devin Velasquez had seven, with six each from Zach Rodriguez and Kolby Gear.

     In the Monday afternoon win over Pearsall, the teams took turns with the big quarters. Hondo led by five after one, but Pearsall took a 38-37 halftime lead. The Owls pulled away to lead 61-51 after three quarters.

     The Mavericks rallied to tie the game in the late stages, but Hondo sealed the win on a Brandon Jasso free throw with three seconds left.

     Martavues Patterson led the Owls with 28 points, while DeMarion Spruill added 14 points and nine rebounds. Jasso and Landyn Rodriguez both scored eight points.