Refugio's Eli Oliver steals the ball from Tidehaven's Jarron Johnson and drives toward the basket during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game at Refugio High School. The Bobcats defeated the Tigers 88-57.
Photo by Angeli Wright.
Originally published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
REFUGIO - The names and faces were familiar, and the result was the same.
Only the venue was different.
Refugio may not be known for its basketball prowess, but the Bobcats are intent on capturing some of the accolades usually reserved for football.
"I just take it like football or any other sport," said senior post Logan Myers. "You just play it as hard as you can. You've got 32 minutes on the court, and you've just got to play it as hard as you can."
Myers, who was an offensive and defensive lineman on the football team, scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Bobcats to an 88-57 District 30-2A win over Tidehaven on Tuesday at the Refugio gym.
"Maybe we've got the football motto," said Travis Quintanilla, who plays quarterback. "We got together as a team. Our first district game, we kind of fell off, but as the season has gone on we've kind of come together."
Refugio improved to 7-3 on the season and evened its district record at 3-3 to remain in the playoff hunt.
"Right now, we're playing some of our best basketball," said Refugio coach Eli Boxell. "Tonight, we were a little slow out of the gate, but we had a good finish. We're just now in game 10, so we're just starting where we're playing pretty solid and making a lot less mistakes."
Boxell is in his third year as coach of the Bobcats and led the team to the playoffs in 2010.
"The great thing about the kids here is that they're competitive," Boxell said. "They hate to lose and I've always told them as long as you've got that drive to win once it comes to a point to where you hate to lose and will do whatever it takes not to lose that automatically makes you a better team."
The biggest difference for Refugio this season has been on the defensive end.
"We're focusing on defense," said Brett Davis, who played defensive back on the football team and scored 21 points. "Our goal is to hold a team under 50 points. I don't think we did that tonight, but we're working on it. We don't have much size so quickness is what we have to strive for and focus on."
Jarron Johnson went 13 for 16 from the free throw line and led the Tigers (4-17, 1-5) with a game-high 30 points
Anfernee Friar added 10 points for the Bobcats, who had eight players score.
"What we've been emphasizing this year is playing as a group of five," Boxell said. "Not as one individual or two. One person messes up and it affects the whole group. Whatever group that is out there, that's the five that has to mesh."