The Calallen Wildcats hosted their 17th annual Christmas Classic last week.

A total of 16 teams participated in the double elimination tournament, which included three other teams from District 31-4A.

The Flour Bluff Hornets, Alice Coyotes and Kingsville Brahmas all lost in the first round of the tournament, but the Wildcats succeeded in the first round after beating themselves, literally.

Calallen played against its junior varsity squad in the first round, beating the team 79-44.

The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play the Floresville Tigers in the first round, but one of the teams scheduled to participate in the event was a no show.

"I didn't like playing against my JV team," said Calallen head coach Jeff Crews. It seemed like everyone was rooting against me."

Josh Anderson was the top player for the Wildcats, scoring 18 points and grabed seven rebounds in the game. Nine of those points were scored in the first quarter alone.

Not one player on the junior varsity squad hit double digits. The closest was Travis Collier who scored eight points.

The game was a bit sloppy in the first quarter, as the varsity Wildcats finished the first quarter with a 20-10 lead.

Despite the deficit, the junior varsity Wildcats looked impressive by outrebounding their varsity counterparts and getting a blocked shot from James Bates.

Calallen began to pull away as the second quarter was underway.

Michael Conroy continued to show his defenisve skills getting three of his nine rebounds in the second quarter, along with two steals and six points.

Conroy scored nine points in the game, giving him just one shot and one rebound away from a double-double.

At the half, the varsity team was up 37-23.

The Wildcat varsity showed no mercy in the third quarter, allowing only eight points against the junior varsity team.

The varsity team had 11 rebounds and three steals to accompany the 23 points scored.

Calallen's varsity started on a 14-0 run that ended at the halfway point when Zalen Ellison scored a 3-pointer for the junior varsity team.

The junior varsity also ran into some turnover trouble, including three traveling calls on three consecutive possessions.

Crews put out the second team players for the rest of the game, but they proved to be no slouches as they continued dominating on rebounds in the fourth quarter.

The junior varsity Wildcats moved on to the losers bracket to face the Alice Coyotes, who lost to the Edinburg Runnin' Bobcats.

The varsity team moved to the quarterfinal round to face Floresville, who beat the Aransas Pass Panthers in their opening match.