PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Hondo sophomore DeMarion Spruill pulls down a rebound during the Owls’ Tuesday night win over Uvalde. district play continues this week, as the Hondo boys’ teams visit Crystal City on Friday.
Owls bounce back with win over Uvalde
District 30-4A play began for the Hondo boys’ basketball team on Friday, Jan. 14, as the Owls came up short to Pearsall in a road contest.
The Mavericks began to pull away in a 23-point second period, on the way to a 76-64 win over the Owls.
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at HHS, the Owls survived a fourth-quarter push from Uvalde, before finishing the game on a 10-1 run to beat the Coyotes, 64-52.
Hondo (14-14 season, 2-1 in District 30-4A) will play once this week. The Owls will go to Crystal City on Friday, Jan. 21, for a 7:30 p.m. game. Tuesday is Hondo’s open date in the district rotation.
At Pearsall, the Owls got offensive boosts from DeMarion Spruill’s 20 points, with 18 from Landyn Rodriguez. But that couldn’t counteract the Mavericks’ attack, as they had four players in double figures for the night.
Pearsall led 15-12 after one quarter, but the Mavs got hot from behind the arc in the second quarter, hitting four three-pointers, on the way to a 38-28 lead. Pearsall added another 38 points in the second half.
Uvalde had the early lead on Tuesday, going up by as many as five points in the first quarter, before the Owls finished the period on top, 17-16. Hondo put up 23 points in the second, racing to a 40-29 halftime lead.
The lead held steady in the third, before the Coyotes made things close. A pair of threes brought Uvalde within 54-51 with just under four minutes to play. Hondo regrouped after a timeout and scored 10 of the game’s final 11 points, with key buckets from Martavues Patterson, Landyn Rodriguez and Spruill in the final minutes. Patterson wound up with 18 points, with 15 from Zach Rodriguez and 13 from Spruill.