The past couple of weeks have been very eventful. The young Punchers have had some ups and downs starting with the Llano Tournament on January 17, 2009 and ending with a nail-biter in the Junior High Gym on Monday night.
In the Llano Tournament, the boys faced a good Llano 7th grade team that just outplayed us on every front. It was our first loss of the season and it really stung (pardon the pun). It wasn’t a difference in talent or effort, but primarily execution.
In the consolation Game, we faced St. Andrews out of Austin and although we played them tough, again we fell mostly because of bad judgment and lack of executing our offense.
Again, it is not lack of effort.
The following Monday, we traveled to Christoval for what would be our toughest district contest. We lost the game 25 to 18 but we did some good things and Christoval hit some big shots late in the game. Jason Berreles did a terrific job with 8 points and tons of rebounds.
We then played Miles in the District Tournament first round game and beat them 20 to 18 with some excellent play by all of the kids especially Elliot Bibb and Emelio Palacio who kept us in the game on both ends of the floor. I should also mention that Nick Dyer did a great job on the floor showing his teammates how important it is to block out your opponents when rebounding.
Our victory over Miles earned the 7th graders a spot in the tournament finals against Christoval. We ended losing the game in the last seconds but it was a tight contest throughout. The final score was 16 to 15 with Laret Hemphill and Cody Woods contributing 5 points each.
Although we have had a few losses lately, we have learned a lot about the things that sports can teach us. Things like it is better to be a good sport than to be good at sports and to give your best effort regardless of the score are the types of things that will make for a more satisfying athletic experience.
We really appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to seeing you at the games.