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Bulldogs get first wins in Pearsall

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After going winless in their previous four games, the Bandera Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team traveled to Pearsall High School to compete in the Maverick Classic Basketball Tournament in early December.

The Bulldogs finally entered the tournament with a full team, having added players from the football squad two weeks earlier and were looking to pick up their first victory of the still young season.

In the tournament’s first game, the Bulldogs lost a hard-fought battle against Carrizo Springs, 46-41.

Bandera then battled Crystal City later that afternoon and picked up its first victory of the season, 65-54.

The Bulldogs would then lose the next games against Dilley, Beeville and the eventual tournament champions and host, Pearsall, before picking up their second victory in the final game of the tournament, a rematch against a very tough, Crystal City team.

The Bulldogs ended up going 2-4 record over the three days of the tournament and claimed the Bronze Bracket championship trophy.

Sophomore guard Tyler Moore was awarded a well-deserved place on the All-Tournament team for his outstanding play all three days.

Moore was the spark plug for the Bulldogs in their six tournament games. His hustle on both sides of the basketball and leadership on and off the court were very important and will be valuable to our team’s success down the road.

“Overall, I learned a lot about myself and these young men during our tournament over the past few days,” Coach Carl D. Lee said after the tournament. “These boys battled in six games over three days, taking many bumps and bruises along with some tough defeats, but they still managed to compete for each other and their community.

“We didn’t get the results we wanted in wins, but we gained many lessons that I believe will help us moving forward.”

The varsity team competed in the San Antonio Independent School District Tournament in San Antonio on Dec. 12-14, beginning with a Dec. 12 contest against the 2019 TAPPS 6A state champs Antonian Apaches.

Results of that tournament were not available by press time.

Bandera High’s JV and freshman teams returned to play on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Devine High School.

Carl D. Lee is the head Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Bandera High School.