“Marion was a good game for us. We played good defensively and made some big free throws down the stretch,” said S-T head coach Adam Wollam.
The ’Cat defense looked to be the key, and the boys played well right from the opening tip, holding the Bulldogs to seven first period points. The Bobcats hit for 16 tallies in the first eight minutes to gain control.
Marion rebounded and got back on track offensively and added 15 second period points to their side of the scoreboard, but the S-T boys stretched their lead by a point to make it a 32-22 Bobcat lead at the half.
The pace slowed in the third period as both teams used the clock and played good defense. The S-T boys hit for nine tallies and held the Bulldogs to eight markers to go into the final period up by 11, 41-30.
The ’Dogs knew they were in trouble and could not just trade baskets with the ’Cats. The pace quickened and the teams raced up and down the floor. The Bobcats contentedly purred as the teams traded shots and baskets the rest of the way. The S-T boys added 21 points over the final eight minutes, and the Bulldogs hit for 23, but it barely put a dent in the S-T advantage.
The Bobcats recorded a balanced scoring attack on Friday night as four players reached double figures. Eric Schumacher led the way with 18 points. Brandon East and John Hernandez each hit for 11. Zeke Huerta contributed 10 while Ryan Scott popped for seven. Ersmo Huerta closed out the S-T scoring with five.
The win advanced the 29-4 Bobcats into the Region IV quarterfinals. That match was in Seguin against San Antonio Cole, a 72-63 winner over Banquete on Friday night.
“Cole is a very solid program. We are just going to go out and do what we do and try to advance to the regional tournament,” said Wollam.
Look for the story on that game in the weekend edition.