The boys’ basketball team opened their season in the Center Point Tournament over the weekend, going 2-1 and earning third place. Junior Sam Isenberg was selected as a standout player for the tournament, garnering an all-tournament team selection.
Game 1: Blanco 52, Fredericksburg Heritage 41
The Panthers opened their game and their season quickly, jumping out to a 15-5 first quarter lead over the Eagles. Heritage rallied late in the third to cut the Panther lead to 2, with Isenberg, senior Tanner Rogers and junior Ian Ray all saddled with foul trouble. The bench came alive, however, and helped the Panthers pull away in the middle of the fourth quarter, with buckets by junior Quinn Dillard and junior Colton Childress. Kyle Sauceda led the Panthers with 14 points, and Kyle Sauceda led the team with ten rebounds, while Ray added seven.
Game 2: Ingram 45, Blanco 27
This hard-fought district preview saw the Warriors from Ingram pull away late from the Panthers. With the Warriors employing a four-corners offense for much of the game, the score was 27-21 entering the fourth quarter. Forced to press, and playing their second game of the day, the Panthers allowed some breakaway layups late. Sam Isenberg led the team with 8 points, and Kyle Sauceda had 10 rebounds.
Game 3: Blanco 51, Comfort 33
The Panthers came out sluggish in the first half, showing the effects of the quick three-games-in-two-days start of their season. Comfort jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the first quarter in yet another district preview. Comfort led 15-9 when Tanner Rogers stepped in front of a Bobcat pass and took it in for a layup, and converted the free throw to complete the conventional three-point play. The play seemed to change the momentum of the game, as the Panthers rallied for a 20-19 halftime lead. The second half was all Blanco, as the perimeter defense of Childress, Isenberg, and sophomore David Ramirez locked down the Bobcat guards. The Bobcats only got off eight shots in the third quarter and five in the fourth. Ray had eight points in the second half, and Sauceda had six. For the game, Sauceda had 13 points, Ray had 10, and Isenberg and Rogers each chipped in 9. Rogers and Isenberg each had 4 steals, and Ray had 9 rebounds.