Erskine has 31, but West falls to Edison
BY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Feb. 21, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.
SEGUIN - Drew Erskine is good, but he is not good enough to win by himself.
The Victoria West senior guard made 10 of 19 field goals for a game-high 31 points, but, unfortunately for the Warriors, he got little help.
Outside of Drew Erskine, West connected on just six of 24 shots, and the Warriors fell to San Antonio Edison 56-47 in a Class 4A bi-district playoff game played at Seguin High on Tuesday.
"Obviously, life does not bring happiness every time, but we know the character these kids have is awesome," West head coach Pat Erskine said following the season-ending loss.
After the game, Drew Erskine was not concerned with his impressive individual performance, which including scoring all but one of the team's points in the first quarter and all 17 of the Warriors' fourth-quarter points.
"None of that matters," he said. "We are all about team. We are all about family, and we are all about team effort.
"Our goal was to come out and rebound, not let them get second-chance points, and we didn't get the job done."
The Golden Bears outrebounded West 18-13 and made 21 of 36 field goals compared to a 16-of-43 shooting performance by the Warriors.
West was in control early, however.
The Warriors scored the first five points of the game and jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter, but Edison put together a 28-8 run from that point to take control of the game, and the Golden Bears went into halftime leading 30-21.
West pulled to within three points twice in the fourth quarter, matching Edison point for point in the second half, but could not overcome the early run.
"We couldn't get past that stretch," Pat Erskine said. "(Just trying to fight back), that wears on you, especially if you are a shooter.
"At times, we showed really good poise, and, at times, we showed a lack of experience."
The Warriors entered the fourth quarter trailing 39-30, but Drew Erskine's free throw capped off a 12-6 run to get within three points at 45-42 with 2:51 remaining.
But Edison used an 11-4 outburst to secure the victory and advance to the area round of the playoffs.
The Golden Bears were led by senior guard Arty Vela's 23 points and received three other contributions of at least seven points.
Drew Erskine did not have similar support.
Only one other Warrior made at least two shots in the game as Trey Cole finished with six points. No other West player scored more than three points.
Including Drew Erskine, the Warriors will lose seven seniors from the team.
"I've watched those kids since they were probably in the fourth grade," Pat Erskine said of the group. "In 21 years of coaching, I don't think I've ever been around a better group of young men.
"We've been through a lot. It's been a family thing, and we've all gone through different things, but it is going to make them better men in the future."