Originally published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013
There is such a thing as an ugly basketball game.
Admittedly, that's what St. Joseph coach Abe Garcia saw on Wednesday night.
"Yes, I would consider this an ugly game," he said.
Wednesday night was one of those nights as St. Joseph returned to play with a loss to San Marcos Homeschool, 66-42.
Both teams stole the ball from one another and threw it away in almost all of their trips down the court.
It was not what Garcia was looking for from the Flyers (10-10).
"We didn't take care of the ball and didn't play good in the transition," Garcia said. "A lot of it was the good defense both teams played. We both went after the ball and some of it was being careless with the ball."
Amid all of the numerous steals, turnovers and penalties, a basketball game was played.
The Flyers found themselves in position for the comeback, trailing by just 10 points at halftime. However, San Marcos couldn't be stopped on the offensive end of the court.
Five different players contributed to the Panthers' 23-point third quarter, seven by Brandon Brewer, San Marcos Homeschool used the quarter to pull away from St. Joseph, whose 15 points weren't enough to keep up.
"We continued to play hard throughout the whole game," Garcia said. "When we got the ball inside we did some of the things I wanted to do and were successful at those things. We just didn't get that many chances."
St. Joseph's Cody Janak scored the first points of the game 22 seconds after the opening tip off, but it was the only time the Flyers would hold the lead.
Janak finished as the high-scorer for St. Joseph with 14 points. Jerry Vasquez was second with 12 points, all of which came from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Panthers matched St. Joseph point-for-point until the final two and a half minutes of play when San Marcos ended the quarter on an 11-2 run.
"We came out flat and they just got on us," Garcia said. "They're a good team and did a good job of putting pressure on us."
The scoring dominance of San Marcos continued into the first half of the second quarter with the Panthers scoring seven points before Jerry Vasquez hit his third 3-pointer of the night.
St. Joseph managed to add just two more points to its halftime total, which came on a pair of free throw shots by Doug Wall with less than 30 seconds to play in the half and cut the Panthers' lead to 27-17.
After giving up 23 points to San Marcos in the third quarter, the Flyers cut down the deficit to a 52-38 score when they went on a 6-2 run. Unfortunately, the defense wasn't able to keep up that performance, allowing the Panthers 14 points to seal the victory.
Brewer led San Marcos to victory with 23 points. Reid Dedear was second with 12 points and Andy Bryant finished the night with 11.
St. Joseph won't have long to reflect on Wednesday's performance with Rockport-Fulton coming to Victoria on Thursday night. Five days later the Flyers travel to Shiner and then they'll begin district play with a home match up against Austin Hyde Park.
"This is the time we want to get the last of our conditioning in," Garcia said. "We want to get as much basketball in as we can because we start district next week.
"We want to try and get on a roll. We have one game tomorrow (Thursday) and another on Tuesday. So, hopefully, we can get rolling."