East basketball beats shorthanded Gonzales

Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.

Most would consider a 74-point victory to be convincing.

Victoria East head coach John Grammer, however, believes it is deceiving.

The Titans outscored Gonzales by 71 points over the final three quarters en route to a 99-25 win Saturday afternoon, but Grammar is not putting much stock into lopsided outcome.

Due to the football team's run in the Class 3A playoffs, the Apaches basketball team was drastically shorthanded, allowing the Titans to dominate the second half 51-8.

"It was a tough day for them," Grammer said of Gonzles. "We were just a lot quicker, and we forced a lot of turnovers. They just couldn't get going.

"I wish we could play Gonzales in a couple of weeks when they get their football guys and get some practice. I think they will have a good team. It was just a tough day for them."

The squads exchanged baskets early with East holding a slight 18-15 lead following the first quarter.

Then the Titans' depth came to the surface.

East went on a 30-2 run in the second quarter to build a 48-17 lead by halftime.

The Apaches could only muster four points in each of the final two quarters, while the Titans posted 32- and 19-point periods.

Seven Titans finished with double-digit scoring totals, led by Ian Sharpless' game-high 20 points. Dav'Vin Hill added 17 points, Devin Harris scored 14 and Xavier Ellis finished with 13, while Christian Herring, Cole Wozniak and Dedric Walker each had 11.

And East could have scored more. The Titans missed 17 of their 32 foul shots.

"We need to shoot better, and we need to shoot free throws better," Grammer said. "In our scrimmages and games, we are averaging over 30 free throws per game, so that is a good thing, but we've got to make more."

The coach believes his team's performances over the upcoming weeks will provide a more true representation of its ability.

The Titans (2-0 overall) travel to Corpus Christi John Paul on Tuesday and host Hays after Thanksgiving before beginning play at the Edinburg tournament on Nov. 29.

Both of East's subvarsity teams won as well.

Led by Jalen Wilson's 22 points, the East JV team beat Gonzales 97-32, while Johnathan Ortega scored 19 points as the Titan's freshmen team won 40-20.



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