The Lions started off the weekend facing a very good Palacios Sharks team. Missing three varsity player, the Lions had to pull together as a team to pull out the victory. After the few half-time adjustments the Lions outscored the Sharks 38-23 in the second half. The Lions were paced by Dominic Cruz with 27 pts, 5 assist and 4 steals, and Graham Lawrence with 10 pts, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. This was a complete as the whole team found a way to contribute. Jacob Asebedo had 7 pts, Seferino Villarreal 6 pts, Andre Martinez, 6 pts, and Xavier Villarreal and Tony Aleman each knocked down a three.
In the Lions second game, Coach Connell was able to give his starters a break versus the Bloomington JV. Dominic Cruz led the scorers with 14 points and Seferino Villarreal with 9 points, as Kenedy raced out to a 40-8 first half lead. The second half was all about the bench. “I was able to get some valuable playing time.” Derrick Wilson led the bench scoring with 9 pts, followed by Tony Aleman with 7 pts, Aaron Villarreal 6 pts, Andre Martinez 4 pts, Jordan Valdez 4 pts, and Xavier Villarreal with 3 pts.
In the third game, the Lions lost a tough game to Ganado in overtime 56-50. “We missed a lot of shots, but our defense gave us a chance to win the game.” Seferino Villarreal with 15 points , Andre Martinez chipped in 10 points. Even with the loss, the Lions were able to make it to the Championship Bracket on point differential, after tying Ganado and Palacios with the best record in the pool.
The Lions got a rematch with Bloomington in the semi-finals. Bloomington called this a revenge game, Coach Connell called it a team rebound game. The Lions were able to win the re-match with a 58-44 victory. Dominic Cruz and Graham Lawrence led the team with 12 pts each. Jacob Asebedo scored 10 pts, Jordan Valdez scored 9 pts, Andre Martinez 8 pts, Seferino Villarreal 7 points. This victory sent the Lions to the Championship game vs. Halletsville Sacred Heart.
The game started fast on offense, but Sacred Heart matched them. The Lions end the first half with a 7-0 run to give the Lions a 35-30 lead. “I want to thank the fans that made the drive in the bad weather. They made it feel like a home game.” The Lions took home the Championship with a 57-47 victory. Dominic Cruz finished off a dominate tournament with a 24 pts, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5 steals, 5 assist, and was named the tournament MVP. Jordan Valdez came to life with 16 points in the paint. Andre Martinez chipped in an important 6 points, and displayed very good defense and ball handling. Along with Dominic Cruz, Jacob Asebedo and Graham Lawrence were named to the All Tournament Team.