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    Yoakum gets close, but can't solve El Campo



    Photo by Will Brown.

    EL CAMPO - Entering Tuesday's game, the Yoakum basketball team had more games than practices. Through three quarters it didn't deter the Bulldogs; however, the depth of El Campo's basketball program came to the forefront in the fourth.

    El Campo (2-1) scored 11 of the game's final 12 points down the stretch to beat Yoakum 51-46.

    El Campo's Tim Pflughaupt led all players with 18 points, while his teammate Colton Martin added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    Since eight of the nine Yoakum players were on the football team that was eliminated from the playoffs Saturday night, the Bulldogs had to adjust throughout the game. Head coach Joe Mireles said his team usually deploys a man-to-man defense, but used a zone Tuesday night because it was easier to install.

    "We're a very athletic team," Mireles said. "We could do something once we get practices in. I think we can make some noise in our district."

    Despite trailing 19-6 at one point in the first quarter, Yoakum (1-1) took a 29-28 lead at halftime on a Joe Mireles 3-pointer. Mireles led the Bulldogs with 15 points. TJ Hights added another 12 in a losing effort.

    "They pressed us and we turned it over and that caused us to get behind," said El Campo basketball coach Matt Sandoval. "Today was a learning day for our players. Even though it was a game we wanted them to treat it like a practice and play hard."

    Sandoval is missing seven players from his varsity roster because of football commitments. Tuesday, the El Campo head coach said the basketball program would be prepared in the event they begin district play Dec. 18 shorthanded - which would be the week of the Class 3A state semifinals. Nonetheless, Sandoval was pleased with his boys adjusting and earning its second victory in as many nights.



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