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Teams continue prep with district play approaching

December 6, 2016

Cigarroa found the win column for the first time at the Hebbronville tournament this past weekend and duplicated that result a couple more times to win the event outright.

“It just came down to execution,” Cigarroa head coach Enrique Villarreal said.

“We started to get our offense going and we gained a little bit more confidence. The more games we play, the more confident we get.”

And the Toros (3-6) didn’t just win, but they did so convincingly.

Cigarroa won all three contests by an average margin of 20.7 points ich included an 83-61 win over Kingsville in the championship game.

Edgar Fraga led the way for Cigarroa tallying a combined 58 points in the final two games of the tournament.

“Edgar played a good game and it took the load off some of the kids who may have been forcing themselves to score,” Villarreal said.

“It eased up the whole team.”

Fraga and company look to stay hot Tuesday as they travel to United South at 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers (8-5) placed second at the Best of the Bay Tournament in Aransas Pass this weekend.

“We can’t run and gun with them,” Villarreal said.

“They are real uptempo and we have to play our game, slow it down, set up our offense and force them to play our game.”

Martin

Martin is fresh off a second-place finish in the silver bracket at the Corpus Christi Coaches’ Association tournament.

The Tigers (7-8) rebounded from a loss in the opener against eventual tournament champion West Oso to win three of their final four games.

The Tigers were a bit thin in Corpus Christi as some key bench players stayed home to prepare for testing this week.

“I was happy with the way the kids played this past weekend,” Martin head coach Hector Noyola said.

“We were a little tired that last game, but give the guys credit.

They came back and won some tough games and by that fifth game we were a little tired. I feel we are getting better every day.”

Martin has one game left playing host to Judson on Friday at 7 p.m. before its district opener at Sharyland on Dec. 13.

Judson won last year’s meeting 49-40.

“Judson is a good team,” Noyola said.

“They are one of the top teams in the state. One of the top teams in San Antonio.

Last year we competed good against them at their place. I know they are taller, bigger and more athletic, but we’ve already played a lot of teams like that this season. It’s our last little tune-up before we open district play.”

Nixon

Sitting at 6-7, Nixon is in uncharted waters.

The Mustangs, aside from opening the 2012-13 season with a loss, had not been under .500 since the 2010-11 season.

“Now that I think about it as a coach, what else could I expect?” Nixon head coach Pete Solis said. “We are young. Would I want it different? Yeah of course.

I think we are learning and we are getting more experience. I’m not happy. I don’t think my team is happy with the results either. We have a losing record for the first time in a long time.”

But it’s not as if the the Mustangs haven’t been close.

They are 2-5 in games decided by single digits, which included a 1-2 mark in such games this past weekend at the Best of the Bay tournament.

“We talked, and before the tournament, we were having a hard time finishing games and sure enough it happened again the last game,” Solis said.

“It’s heartbreaking because we’ve lost so many games within single digits this year.”

Another factor to take into consideration is that six of Nixon’s losses have come against 6A opponents, five of which were ranked.

“It might be different if we would have scheduled easier,” Solis said.

“Maybe we’d be 8-1 right now. But I’d rather be 6-7 and facing all this tough competition.

“This year it hasn’t bounced our way. I’m going to be patient.

It wouldn’t surprise me that two weeks from now this team roles and wins 16 in a row and puts themselves in position to win another district championship.”

The Mustangs compete in the Pride of Texas tournament in San Antonio this weekend opening against Burbank on Thursday before beginning district play at Pioneer on Dec. 13.

“We have four more games to figure it out,” Solis said.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine won just one of its four games this past weekend at Cornerstone tournament, however, the Knights we slightly shorthanded.

Leading scorer Robbie Zamarripa sat out with a back injury.

“I think we played very well to tell you the truth,” St. Augustine head coach Rodrigo Romo said.

“We lost three games and won only one, but we played some tough competition. It was a good test for us.”

Aside from a lopsided loss to The Village, the Knights (9-11) lost the other two games by 10 points or less which is a silver lining for Romo.

“Knowing we were in both games, throughout the whole game, we know we can compete with the teams come February,” Romo said.

St. Augustine travels to the San Diego tournament Thursday opening with Calallen in pool play.

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