VICTORIA CLASSIC: East's Delagarza gives team a much-needed boost
Dec. 27, 2012 at 6:27 a.m.
Updated Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:28 a.m.
Victoria East got more than another guard when Devin Delagarza was promoted to the varsity squad.
The Titans also got an energy boost from the sophomore.
"His strength is he just has a motor," said East coach John Grammer. "He can just go forever. Everybody else seems to get tired. He hardly ever gets tired. He really has good stamina."
Delagarza put his energy on display as the Titans opened the 2012 Victoria Classic with wins over Houston Christian Homeschool Sports Ministry and Sweeny on Thursday at the Victoria West gym.
Delagarza saw extensive playing time and scored nine points in the win over CHSM and had three against Sweeny.
"It's been difficult, but I've been getting better as I go," Delagarza said. "I want to keep getting better so by my senior year I can be on top of the game and I won't have to worry about it."
Grammer is anxious for Delagarza to become more comfortable and help the Titans cut down on turnovers, which have plagued them throughout the season.
"It's a difficult position to be in as a sophomore on the varsity, especially when you have so many seniors and you're playing behind seniors," Grammer said. "I've talked with him about that. He just has to learn. We understood that he's going to make some sophomore mistakes, but just to limit those and get better as the year goes on."
Grammer would also like to see Delagarza become a more physical player.
"He has to work on his strength," Grammer said. "Being a sophomore and he's not real strong he gets pushed around, especially against some of the bigger teams we play."
Grammer is encouraged by Delagarza's ability to shoot the ball. He was the only player from East or West to advance beyond the first round in the 3-point shooting contest.
"It was different," Delagarza said. "I was nervous my first time."
Delagarza knows the more he plays, the more confident he becomes.
"We have to cut down on some of our turnovers and do all the little things like boxing out, not turning the ball over and finish on little baby fouls that we should finish but we don't." he said. "We need to get the ball to the post or penetrate and kick it out from the post and get a good shot."
Grammer is happy with Delagarza's progress and expects him to get even better.
"We want him to make some shots," Grammer said. "I like that he plays hard and we needed a guard and we look to him to give us some depth."
VICTORIA EAST 66, HOUSTON CHSM 37
The Titans had four players in double figures as they cruised to an easy win in their opening game.
East took a 35-15 lead at halftime and was never threatened.
Christian Herring led the Titans with 12 points, Justin Shaw and Xavier Ellis each had 11 and Trevon Ramey added 10.
Wes Wagner scored 19 points for Christian Homeschool Sports Ministry.
NAVASOTA 63, VICTORIA WEST 41
Navasota was playing its first game of the season after winning the Class 3A, Division II state football championship last Friday, but it was hard to tell.
The Rattlers led West by nine at halftime before breaking the game open in the second half.
Solomon McGinty led Navasota with 20 points.
Ruben Trevino scored 16 points and Chris Erskine scored 11 to pace the Warriors.
NAVASOTA 76, SWEENY 33
The Rattlers jumped out to a 28-12 lead after the first quarter and led 49-24 at halftime.
Shaun Frazier scored 12 points, Jerbrell Lipscomb had 11 and LaMarquis Jefferson added 10 for Navasota, who started the tournament with two wins.
HYDE PARK 62, HOUSTON CHSM 31
Cody Cox and Bakari Henderson each scored 11 points to pace the Panthers.
Brad Bobbitt led Christian Homeschool Sports Ministry with 15 points.
Dallas Blackstock of Sweeny was the winner through four rounds of head-to-head competition. Kadarius Baker of Navasota was the runner-up.
VICTORIA EAST 59, SWEENY 37
The Titans (8-9) closed out a successful first day by running away from Sweeny.
East led 32-14 at halftime and kept the lead at double digits.
Christian Herring started strong and finished with 18 points to pace the Titans. Jalen Wilson scored 11 points and Xavier Ellis had 10.
Sweeny's Davonte Jackson scored a majority of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
VICTORIA WEST 35, HYDE PARK 33
James Murphy made the front end of a one-and-one with 11.63 seconds left in the fourth quarter and West (9-9) held on for a win over Hyde Park.
The Panthers' J.T. Lopez-Roeper missed on a drive to the basket and Chris Erskine pulled down the rebound as time expired.
Mason Marshall scored 10 points and Kris Headley had nine to lead West.
Bakari Henderson scored 11 points to pace Hyde Park.
"We held on," said West coach Pat Erskine. "We've got a lot of things to work on. We're not playing as hard as I thought we could. Obviously, our minds are in Christmas mode. We got some offensive production early and it looked like we were going to get into a flow and we went in a slump."