Coyotes, Fredericksburg vie Tuesday

Tuesday night in Uvalde High School’s Harvey Kinchlow Gym, the Uvalde Coyotes will take on the Fredericksburg Battlin’ Billies in basketball competition.

Tip-off time for the varsity game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Uvalde and Fredericksburg will vie in a junior varsity game and a freshman game.

Coach Tim Kaman’s Battlin’ Billies are off to a 2-0 start this basketball season with back-to-back wins over Lago Vista, 73-47, and Comfort, 60-57.

Against Lago Vista, the Billies were led by the shooting trio of guards Matthew Kaman, Ryan Davis, and J.T. Watson. Kaman totaled 15 points and Davis recorded 13 points, while Watson netted 11 points.

In the Comfort game, Watson topped the team in scoring with 18 points.

Following action Tuesday, the Coyotes varsity will be at Hondo for weekend tournament action, while the Coyotes junior varsity team will play in the Devine tournament and the Coyotes freshmen will participate in the Somerset tournament.

The first two games for the Coyotes at Hondo will feature a 9:30 a.m. Thursday matchup against the Cole Cougars and a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Progreso Red Ants.

Coach Alex Oyola’s Coyotes, 0-2 for the season, will enter action against Fredericksburg Tuesday following weekend competition in the Kerrville Tivy Invitational basketball tournament.

Results from that tournament will be reported in an upcoming edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

The Uvaldeans were scheduled to play Kerrville Tivy, TMI Episcopal, Buda Hays, and Austin Lake Travis in the tournament.

They went into the Tivy tournament this weekend coming off of a 35-point, 78-43, loss to the Lytle Pirates in their season home opener on Nov. 16 in Kinchlow Gym.

Offensively, the Coyotes got off to a slow start as they scored only eight points during the first two periods.

But they finished strong with a 17-point performance in the fourth period.

Lytle built up a 37-16 lead in the first half.

The Pirates outscored the Coyotes, 18-10, in the third period to extend their lead to 55-26.

Lytle continued to pour on the points in the fourth period as they ran their final margin of victory up to 35 points.

With one minute left on the game clock, the Pirates sent in their reserve personnel.

Lytle upped its season record to 3-0 with the win.

Four players wound up scoring in double figures for Lytle, including senior forward Josiah Cruzzi with 18 points.

Ten different players contributed to Uvalde’s scoring total.

Emmanuel Gonzales and D’Andre Carroll each scored eight points to lead UHS’s individual scoring.

Others scoring for the Coyotes were Raul Flores with seven points, Donovan Amaya with seven points, Peyton Carnes with four points, Sotero Martinez with three points; Cristian Treviño, Jose Ruiz, and Jackson Taylor each with two points; and Jose Luevanos with one point.

After the upcoming Hondo tournament, the Coyotes will play at Bandera on Dec. 5.

They will compete in the Los Fresnos tournament scheduled for Dec. 6-8.

District 28-5A competition for the Coyotes will begin on Dec. 11 when the Uvaldeans face the Medina Valley Panthers in Kinchlow Gym.

The Medina Valley contest will begin a grueling 16-game district schedule that will run through Feb. 8 when the Uvaldeans will host the Southside Cardinals in their regular-season finale.

Southside, Southwest, Floresville and Somerset are pre-season picks to claim the top four playoff spots in District 28-5A, according to a pre-season ranking made by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Other district home dates will include: Dec. 18, Southwest; Dec. 29, Eagle Pass Winn; Jan. 5, Floresville; Jan. 18, Southwest Legacy; Jan. 25, Harlan; and Feb. 1, Somerset.

District road dates will include: Dec. 14, Southwest Legacy; Dec. 21, Harlan; Jan. 2, Somerset; Jan. 8, Southside; Jan. 15, Medina Valley; Jan. 22, Southwest; Jan. 29, Eagle Pass Winn; and Feb. 5, Floresville.

Tip-off time for the majority of the district games will be 6:30 p.m. for the varsity and 5 p.m. for the sub-varsity.

There are different starting times for four of the district games.

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