Friday, February 20, 2009

San Antonio Southwest 54 Laredo United 52

Nearing the end of 4 star studded years playing at the varsity level, 2009 Kendric Robinson of San Antonio Southwest hit the game winning shot with just under a minute to play securing the 1st seed in District 29-5A. It's been a lot of fun coaching Kendric during the summer and watching him chase former San Antonio Spur Devin Brown's career scoring mark for the City of San Antonio.
2010 G Daniel Rosas of Laredo United fell just short of leading his team to victory on the road last night. The Laredo United star had 16 tonight in a 54-52 loss to San
2009 PG Kendric Robinson (shown here with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors, driving around a Team Arizona player.
Some may question as to why you'd bother playing a game, rather than just flipping a coin for seeding as many schools do. But neither San Antonio Southwest nor Laredo United would prefer to face powerful McAllen High any earlier than necessary.

After tying for the District 29-5A best record, the two teams strapped it on one last time at the Alamo Convocation Center. Southwest won it in the last minute on a jumper from the short corner by who else? Kendric Robinson. The UT-San Antonio signee was quiet through 3 quarters with 11 points but when it came to money time there was no doubt who was "The Man".

The game was back and forth with SW holding a 28-22 lead at the half & then Laredo United up 37-33 after the 3rd. In fact, United led 45-39 with 5:00 left to play.

After the end of the 3rd I bounded up to the rafters to give a quick hello and a hug to Kendric's mom. She said, "Coach, what's wrong with Kendric?" I just chuckled and said, " you know he'll hit several shots in a row before it's all over". Sure enough, he did. A long three erased Laredo's last lead, 55-52 to knot the game at 55. Robinson poured in 16 4th quarter points, including the game winner.
Time flies when you're having fun. Kendric first played in the Texas D-1 Ambassadors program as a 6th grader & I remember all the other parents moaning that we had to be cheating because this kid was so advanced. As a 9th grader, Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie (then at Texas A&M) offered Kendric a scholarship as a freshman. Many other marquee schools followed suit, but Robinson wanted to stay close to home near his family. UT-San Antonio Coach Brooks Thompson has gotten a steal in this kid who will be a dangerous scoring point guard at the next level.
Others to watch:
2010 5'9" PG Laredo United's Daniel Rosas. Solid ballhandler, who has good court vision, to go along with deep range on his shot.
2011 6'6" P Laredo United's Freddie Juarez. Likely has stopped growing, so he'll need to continue to develop his face up game. Has skills.
2009 6'7" P Justin Alexander of San Antonio Southwest. Had 9 reounds and 4 blocks. Big body, needs to work on strength and footwork. Can play somewhere though as he goes hard and takes up space in the paint.