Boys win back-to-back home games


     Hondo boys’ basketball earned its first two wins of the year this week, with two home victories over Fox Tech and Cotulla.

     On Saturday morning, Nov. 21, the Owls led Fox Tech by four points at the end of three quarters before catching fire and pulling away for a 70-52 win over the Buffaloes.

     Monday, Nov. 23, also, in the HHS new gym, the Owls outgunned a potent Cotulla squad – which had two players knocking down seven three-pointers apiece – by a count of 92-76.

     After a Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 24, trip to Southwest Legacy, the Owls will be back at home to take on Jourdanton in a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, contest.

     In the win over Fox Tech, the Owls led 30-25 at halftime, but were led by the 21 points – all in the second half – from sophomore post Martavues Patterson. Cristian Gaucin scored 18 points, Gavino Aguilera scored 12 and Eian Vogt added eight.

     Monday against Cotulla, with a pair of players already on the way to the UIL State Cross Country Meet (Gaucin and Zachary Rodriguez), and needing a scoring infusion with the Cowboys pouring in 14 three-pointers, the Owls redistributed some of the scoring, getting a career-high 30 points from Aguilera, plus 19 from sophomore Brayden Bendele, who drained six treys of his own in his varsity debut. Eian Vogt also scored 14, Devin Velasquez added 10 with seven from Landyn Rodriguez and six each from Patterson and Dorian Ozuna.

     In both games, Hondo was 14-of-22 from the line, as they climbed to 2-1.


Gavino Aguilera splits the Southwest defense in the Owls’ season opener on Tuesday.