La Pryor tops D’Hanis for hoops title

The La Pryor Bulldogs captured the boys’ championship of the 59th-annual Southwest Texas Junior College Invitational high school basketball tournament.

They defeated the D’Hanis Cowboys, 59-28, in the title game played last Saturday night in SWTJC’s La Forge Hall Gym.

The Bulldogs got off to a 14-4 lead in the first period, built up a 24-8 advantage by the end of the first half, and outscored the Cowboys, 35-20, in the second half on the way to their lopsided victory.

D’Hanis held an early 3-2 lead in the game, but La Pryor’s Erin Patiño hit on a free throw to knot the score at 3-3.

Patiño’s free throw began an 12-1 scoring run for the Bulldogs that was highlighted by three field goals by Juan Valdez, a three-point field goal by Ruben Amaya, and a field goal off of an offensive rebound by Manuel Perez.

Early in the second period, Marco Castillon scored on a driving layup.


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