The San Diego Vaqueros came in to Robstown with hopes to continue through the playoffs facing the Panthers of Aransas Pass in a Class 3A Region matchup with the winner moving to the next round.
The Vaqueros, led by head coach Carlos Trevino, came in with an overall record of 21 – 13 and fresh off a victory over Jubilee Brownsville on Monday.
In front of a crowd of about 100 in attendance, the Vaqueros looked to set the pace by winning the tip off and making the first points of the game.
Senior Vince Leuvano, who came in averaging 19 points per game, started off the scoring with a 3 pointer for the opening score but the Panthers answered right back with a 3 of their own followed by 4 more points before Luevano would hit another 3 point basket. The team’s top scorer would contribute the Vaqueros first 12 points, all 3 pointers but it would not be enough as the Panthers led at the end of the first 27 – 18.
“We actually shot the ball well in the first quarter. It was fairly close,” Trevino said. “It was a 10 point game at the half.”
San Diego would make a run answering point for point in the second quarter keeping the game within 10 by half time with contributions from sophomore Jayden Uribe, junior Cortez Gonzalez and junior Rene Barrera.
“Aside from their shooting, they (Aransas Pass) dictated the tempo,” Trevino said. “They wanted to get up and down and run and gun and we kind of got out of our game a little bit.”
The second half was all Panthers, though, as they outscored San Diego 26 – 15 points in the third and 21 – 8 in the fourth.
“The third quarter is when they pulled away a little bit,” Trevino said. “That’s when they made their little run.”
The final score was Aransas Pass 88 San Diego 54.
“This team suffered through a lot of adversity,” Trevino said. “We had many injuries, anything you can think of, this team went through it.”
“I just told them that I was proud that they were able to fight through adversity and persevere.”
The Vaqueros lose just 3 seniors this year, returning 9 of their 12-man roster including Uribe, Gonzalez and Barrera and are looking forward to returning to the playoffs once again.