The JV Punchers traveled to the Eldorado last weekend to compete in a tournament consisting of local JV squads. The Punchers were able to put together an impressive string of 3 victories to bring home the championship trophy for the second year in a row.
In the first contest, the Punchers matched up with the Sonora Broncos. The Punchers started quickly as their defensive pressure forced Bronco turnovers that resulted in easy layups on the other end. The Puncher backcourt played especially well on both ends of the court as David Mora, Winston Trip, Austin Trip, Andy Duarte, Rio Schmidt, Nic Navarette, Jansen Rychlik, John Rocha, and Jake Newsom did an excellent job of setting up teammates and pressuring Bronco ball handlers. After the dust settled, the Punchers emerged victorious by a 15 point margin.
In the second matchup, the Christoval Cougars looked to take down the Punchers in the semi-final round. The Punchers started fast thanks to key turnovers forced by the backcourt and maintained the lead throughout the game thanks to tough, physical play under the basket led by Kramer Watson, Dyllan Hofmann, Trey Schwertner, Zen Steward, Brandon McGowan, and Jacoby Patterson. The Cougars could never get within striking distance as the Punchers pulled away in the end to advance to the championship game.
The Lakeview Chiefs awaited the Punchers in the final game of the tournament to decide who would be crowned champion. The Punchers again wasted no time in jumping all over the Chiefs who struggled in the first half to move the ball against a swarming defense. The Puncher offense executed effectively, attacking the basket and constantly applying pressure on the Chiefs. The Chiefs would rally in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much and the Punchers would take home the championship trophy after a 10 point victory.
The Punchers look to continue their hot streak as they take on the Sonora Broncos again on Tuesday night in Mason, and then travel to Cross Plains to compete in the Cross Plains Holiday Classic Varsity Tournament this weekend.