JV Bulldogs undefeated tournament champions
by Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
The Bandera Junior Varsity basketball team traveled to Devine for the Warhorses' annual pre-holiday tournament, defeating all of their competitors and receiving the championship trophy.
"It's good to be able to come out in such big games and perform to the best of our ability," team captain Brady Keane said. "We attribute our success to all of the hard work we put into practice. Coach Wanek is very intense and has taught us that the way you perform in practice is the way you're going to play in the game."
In their first game, Bandera defeated Pleasanton 63-57.
"I'm very pleased with the way we worked together as a team offensively," JV Coach Tyler Wanek said. " Defensively we still need to do the little things and I need all five guys on the court on the same page."
Scoring for the 'Dogs were Nick Salas 21, Brady Keane 10, JT Milner 10, Utah Hicks 10, Ruben Vargas 5, Jarrod Elizondo 4, and Tryston Butler 3.
The second game of the tournament found the Bulldogs facing their host the Devine Warhorses, and defeated them 51-41.
"I was very pleased with our offensive and defensive game," Wanek said following the Devine game. "This was the best game we've played all year."
Scoring for the 'Dogs were Hicks 15, Keane 12, Vargas 6, Salas 6, Ethan George 5, Connor Randall 3, Milner 2, Butler and Elizondo with 1.
On Friday, the Bulldogs took on Jourdanton and dominated the game with a half-time score of 22-9, and a final score of 53-26.
Scoring for Bandera were Nick Salas 20, Ethan George 10, Brady Keane 6, Ruben Varga 5, Utah Hicks 4, and Barnes, Elizondo, Jeremiah Silone, and Milner all with 2.
In their final game of the tournament, the Bulldogs were matched up with the Blanco Panthers. The first quarter ended 22-15, with Bandera up by seven in what seemed to be a more even match. However, Bandera took possession in the second quarter, and it was all 'Dogs, with Bandera dominating until the final buzzer, picking up another win with a sore of 76-43.
Brady Keane led the 'Dogs with a personal best of 26 points, followed by Salas 12, Milner 9, George 8, Hicks 7, Elizondo 5, Vargas 5, Butler 2, and Silone with 1.