Big 4th quarter pushes Wildcats past PoteetFree Access

DEVINE—For most of the night, it looked like the fourth-seeded Poteet boys basketball team would pull off the upset.

The Aggies did not trail through three quarters, going up by as many as 10 in the first half.

But District 29-4A champion Carrizo Springs came alive in the fourth quarter, powered by 11 points from senior guard Alvaro Zamora.

The Wildcats took their first lead of the game with 6:56 remaining and held off Poteet for a 55-49 bi-district win Monday at the Devine Student Activity Center.

“They’re a great team and they have a lot of consistent shooters,” Aggies coach Reid Walston said. “And if they get open at any point in the game, there’s a good chance they’re going to knock it down. We did a great job the first half containing their shooters and rebounding. But Carrizo has been here before. They’re a district-champion squad.

“It was a tall order for our guys. They played as hard as they could, but I think by the fourth quarter we just ran out of gas trying to contain all their players.”

Zamora finished with a team-high 16 points, including 4 of 4 free throws to ice the game with less than 30 seconds left.

Senior Shane Garcia knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the Aggies within 49-48 with 2:32 to go, but that is as close as Poteet would get. Brian Cardenas extended the Carrizo Springs lead with a layup with 1:23 remaining.

The Aggies had possession trailing 51-48 but turned over the ball on an errant pass out of bounds with 25.4 seconds left.

Carlos Reyes led Poteet with a game-high 19 points, all of which came before the fourth quarter. Walston said the Wildcats’ focus on Reyes in the paint forced the Aggies to take more outside shots late in the game.

“Carlos does a great job for us. He’s been our leading scorer all season,” Walston said. “I think [Carrizo Springs] did a better job of kind of controlling the middle. Earlier in the game we were knocking down some threes, so they had to contest the 3-point line, which opened up the middle. Then we started to get a little bit cold from outside.”

Poteet’s Moses Guerra scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers. He and Reyes each had 11 at halftime as the Aggies led 27-26. Carrizo Springs got within one point twice in the third quarter but trailed 40-37 going into the last frame.

The Aggies finished the season 19-18 overall. Poteet defeated Cuero in a fourth-place tiebreaker to earn District 30-4A’s final playoff berth in Walston’s first season at the helm.

“The seniors did a great job for laying the foundation of what I hope to be a strong-tradition program here at Poteet. It’s been a big change this year; it’s hard…I look forward to the future with the Aggies, and I think special things are on their way.”

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