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Third time's a charm for Hallettsville against St. Joseph

By BY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Jan. 28, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

St. Joseph's Dean Vanek goes up for a shot against Hallettsville on Friday night.

HALLETTSVILLE - Anthony Vesely was sick of seeing St. Joseph celebrate on his home court.

On Friday, he made certain it did not happen again.

The senior scored a game-high 16 points - 10 more than his season average - as the Brahmas avenged a pair of losses to St. Joseph in December by using a decisive 21-7 run spanning the final three quarters to defeat the Flyers 57-46 at Hallettsville.

"It feels great," Vesely said. "I hate getting beat by teams twice in a row in the same season.

"I felt pretty good. My shots were falling here and there, and I was getting under the basket a little more, and that seemed to help the team a little bit."

Vesely was 7 of 13 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from behind the 3-point arc, scoring seven of his team's 15 points in the second quarter to spark the Brahmas' game-changing run.

Equally important for Hallettsville was its defense. The Brahmas limited the Flyers to just two field goals in the third quarter and scored 10 unanswered points to open the fourth, constructing a 43-25 advantage in the process.

"We've gotten steadily better (defensively) throughout the year," Hallettsville head coach Steven Davis said. "We're moving our feet, and we are getting stronger and getting smarter.

"We are learning when to go for that extra little reach. We are getting better at knowing when to take chances."

The Brahmas' pestering defense resulted in 21 St. Joseph turnovers.

Hallettsville guard Dazaun Silgero recorded a game-high four steals with three coming in the first half. The junior also had a game-high five assists to go along with eight points.

St. Joseph opened the game by establishing a strong inside presence as starting post Cody Janak scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in the first quarter. But foul trouble sent the sophomore to the bench, and he did not attempt another shot until the fourth quarter.

"He always brings energy, and it really hurt us because we got in a little funk when he did come off the floor," St. Joseph head coach Abraham Garcia said. "Shots weren't falling that usually fall for us, so not having someone to go to in the middle of the game hurt us a little bit."

After scoring the first four points of the second quarter to take a 13-11 lead, the Flyers were outscored 15-8, allowing Hallettsville (19-5, 6-1 District 28-2A) to take a 26-21 lead into halftime.

Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter, but, despite making just 1 of 11 field goal attempts in the period, the Brahmas expanded their advantage to eight points, 33-25, entering the final period.

The advantage ballooned to 48-27 before the Flyers went on a 10-1 run to pull within 11 points at 48-37.

But St. Joseph never posed a serious threat to make a comeback.

Vesely scored seven points in the fourth quarter, while teammates Dalton Herrington and Trevor McGee each added five points in the period to finish with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Herrington was 5 of 6 from the floor, only missing his first shot of the game.

"As a team, we were all just flying around and having fun, and that turned into points for us," Herrington said.

The Flyers' Luke Wenske scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter. Janak finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Jerry Vasquez made 3 of 12 3-point attempts for nine points, and Dean Vanek collected eight rebounds.

Both teams return to the court Tuesday against district competition. Hallettsville looks to gain some ground on district-leading Brazos when it faces last place Weimar at home, and St. Joseph (21-10, 1-1 TAPPS District 4-5A) travels to St. Augustine.

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