As the district hoop seasons near, the EHS teams made a strong statement over the weekend, as the boys won third place at the Diamondback Classic at Sharyland and the girls made it all the way to the BISD final before losing to Hidalgo by five.

The Bobcats suffered a second-day loss to eventual champ Weslaco Friday, after having a lead part of the way. But they got back on track with a 4-point win against a tough Laredo United South unit to take third. Now 8-4, the ‘Cats were pleased with the selection of junior guard to the D-Back All-Tournament team.

Over in Brownsville, the Lady ‘Cats took three contests in a row before faltering against the Lady Pirates, 50-45, despite a late rush. Edinburg got All-Tournament performances from Laura Torres and Bianca Casas in wins against Hanna, Port Isabel, and 31-5A rival Harlingen. The win over the Lady Cards augurs well for league play, as EHS scored a convincing 19-point triumph. The team is now 10-4 on the season.

WEEKEND RECAP

It was one up and one down as the D-Back event began Thursday. Edinburg wasted no time in dismissing Donna, rolling early behind outstanding overall play from Olvera, who would end with 26 points, three above his season average coming in. He passed with skill, drove with ease, and stuck the jumper with regularity, and the Bobcats played some of their best basketball of the young season in an 89-47 rout.

EHS showed a deep bench with nice shooting contributions from Michael Garcia and Cruz Gaitan (three 3-pointers), and the tandem of Steve Trevino and Joe Fuentes combined for 16 points as everything the ‘Cats did went exceedingly well. Junior Steve Guerrero ran the show superbly, as he continues to play his way into hoop shape. Having the gutty Guerrero handle the ball out front makes Olvera even more dangerous, as the latter can roam the corners and spot up for the long one or make a quick move to the tin. When Phillip De la Rosa gets back from his injury the Bobcats will have an overflow of riches in the backcourt, something the program has been accustomed in the past.

Econ was not so lucky, as Weslaco scored a 16-point win in the Diamondback opener Thursday, behind 21 points from junior Raul Garcia. The Jags were solid at the start, assuming a 13-10 lead after a period, but once again the pressure got to the young squad, as Weslaco dominated on defense en route at an 11-0 run that put the Panthers in the driver’s seat to stay. The Jags battled but their confidence was dented, and the Panthers advanced to the winner’s bracket.

The Econ girls (10-8) lost their last game out, 50-26 to Memorial, while North (11-6) outlasted Weslaco, 54-41.

In other city sporting news, a handful of seniors represented Edinburg in the annual Volleyball Showcase, played at Econ Sunday. Members of the West team included Lory Martinez and Val Perez of the Lady Jags, Brandy Garcia and Laura Torres of North, and Sarina Rios of EHS.

The North girls’ swim outfit finished fifth at the BISD Pre-Regional Showcase.