The Bandera Boys’ Basketball Team participated in the San Antonio Independent School District tournament in San Antonio on Dec. 12 – 14, one of three tournaments the Bulldogs have scheduled in December.
In their first matchup at the Alamo Convocation Center, the Bulldogs went up against the 2019 TAPPS State Champs, the Antonian Apaches.
From the beginning, the Bulldogs committed turnovers in the face of Antonian’s pressure defense and lost to the Apaches 81-32.
In their next two tournament games, Bandera took on North East Independent School District schools Madison and L.E.E.
The Madison game mirrored what was seen in the Antonian contest, as the boys turned the ball over early in game and fell behind by a large deficit that they could not overcome.
The final score was 76-43 in favor of Madison.
The Bulldogs then took on L.E.E. later the same day and went into the game with a different attitude. They showed patience and took care of the basketball, made big stops on defense and forced L.E.E. to make adjustments on defense.
The ‘Dogs attacked the basket and got to the free-throw line regularly throughout the game.
They took a lead into the fourth quarter, going up by as many as eight points, but defensive errors and rebounding difficulty eventually hurt them in the end, as L.E.E. came back and won 50-42.
In their final game of the tournament, the Bulldogs took on El Paso Jefferson, who like the Bulldogs were in search of their first win of the tournament.
The Bulldogs got off to a great start, scoring the first nine points of the game and did not look back, leading all the way until the end.
This was the Bulldogs’ best defensive performance of the season, as they held Jefferson to two points in the first quarter and eight total at the half.
Jefferson tried to make a run in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs were locked in defensively and made clutch free-throws to hold on to a 41-32 victory.
“Over the course of these past three days, our boys took on three, very tough 6A schools and a very good-shooting 5A team from El Paso, who gave us a battle throughout the game,” said Bulldogs’ Coach Carl Lee. “We competed in every game this tournament and did not quit, regardless of what the scores were. These moments of overcoming adversity and not quitting are what makes teams and individuals better and tougher overall, not only in sports but in life.”
The Bulldogs played Devine on Dec. 17 and San Antonio Holy Cross on Dec.
20. They compete again in the Rockport Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30 and 31.
Carl D. Lee is the head Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach at Bandera High School.