Friday, March 6, 2009

UIL Playoffs 5A Region 4 Semis- San Antonio Southwest 63 Converse Judson 61

2010 Ray Pastrano of San Antonio Southwest is overcome with tears of joy after their hard fought 63-61 victory over favored Converse Judson. Pastrano finished with 17 points & 12 rebounds.
Can St. Edward's signee Chris Wacker (below) keep alive the Family Dream Season? His pops sure hopes so tonight as he leads his Judson squad agsaint the high octane San Antonio Southwest Dragons.It's all on Kendric Robinson's (below) back to carry the Southwest Dragons past the Judson Rockets tonight. The super athletic Robinson has signed with UT-San Antonio and let me tell you that Coach Brooks Thompson stole one by getting this kid to commit to his Southland Conference squad. While playing for the Texas D-1 Ambassadors in his freshman summer he was offered by the likes of Texas A&M.

One of my favorite Kendric stories was when he recounted to me how he was playing one on one against this guy in the off season and he just couldnt' stop him from scoring. On the other hand, Kendric told me he could still get his shot off against the guy...and for that matter anyone. The opponent? None other than former Houston Rockets guard Steve That ought to tell you how quick this kid's release is.

Judson has lost only once all year, and Coach Wacker's crew avenged that defeat by holding powerful Pflugerville to a 47-34 defeat. The Coach's son, Chris Wacker will once again play a big role as the offense tends to go through him, either in the high post or when the mismatch presents itself even out to the perimeter. G Ned Cox is still recovering from an ankle injury but he's dangerous none the less.

For Southwest, the question is can 2009 G Kendric Robinson, a UT-San Antonio signee will his Southwest Dragons to victory? An extra incentive for the talented PG is his quest to break former San Antonio Spurs Devin Brown scoring record for the City of San Antonio. Robinson is just 62 points shy of the mark, so he'll need a win tonight to continue pursuing that dream. He'll need lots of help from Ray Pastrano and 2010 P 6'9" Justin Alexander if they're to beat the disciplined Judson Rockets. Southwest must play with the lead as Judson's ability to control the pace when ahead will be too much for them to overcome.

1st Quarter Southwest 15 Judson 12

A quick 6-2 SW lead on 2 triples by Senior Paris Johnson. 30 second TO Judson. With 1:36 in the 1st, SW calls a 30 second TO. Score's tied 12-12. Kendric Robinson hit his first shot of the game with 40 seconds left in the quarter. Paris Johnson is playing out of his mind with 8 pts & 2 boards. Senior G Alex Lewis has 4 for the Rockets.

Half Time Southwest 31 Judson 24

Southwest has a slim 25-20 lead with 3:09 left in the half. TO Judson. Could there be an upset brewing? Judson is doubling Robinson everytime he touches the ball. He's had limite scoring opportunities with 7 pts at the half, but his team mates have really stepped up to this point. Big Justin Alexander 7 boards & 2 blocks, while second option Ray Pastrano has 6. The BIG STORY at the half though is unsung Senior Paris Johnson. He has 11 points. For Judson Senior Alex Lewis is showing a nice mid range game leading the Rockets with 8 points. Chris Wacker has 6 for Judson.

3rd Quarter Southwest 48 Judson 39

TO Judson with 4:21 to play in the 3rd. SW 43 Judon 28. Kendric Robinson is going off. He has 10 in the quarter and NOBODY on Judson can hold him! Two quick buckets by Wacker have cut it to an 11 pt game. Judson comes roaring back to cut it to 6 as ned Cox buries a three. TO Southwest with 2:51 to play in the 3rd. Judson had SW on the run for a minute, but an incredible double clutch three pointer by Robinson and a bucket by Justin Alexander (his 1st of the game) pushed the lead back up to 9. Tevin Russell has given Judson some great energy off the bench in the quarter with 6 points and 5 boards.

4th Quarter

Two quick buckets and an and one by Wacker cuts the SW lead to 4 with 5:17 to play. A big 3 by Ned Cox cut it to one. A huge 3 by Senior Marc Hall and the free throw is ..missed...SW by 6 with 3:13 to play. TO with 2:03 left to play in the game and Southwest hanging on to a 55-49 lead. With 1:27 to play, Alexander to shoot one and one..the brick goes in. Big FT...2nd one is missed. With 50 seconds left, SW is up by 5. Pastrano has hit 4 straight free throws for the Dragons. Huge triple by Robert Shaw. It is now 60-58 with 41 seconds to play. The next foul and SW will be shooting 2.
It's money time! Who wants it, folks?

Pastrano is shooting two..Good..Miss...3 point game. Long 3 by Lewis draws iron, and now Alexander is on the line with 25 seconds left. He makes one of them. Huge steal by Alexander as the Judson guard tried a wrap around pass on him. He's back on the line. Make...Miss...SW by 5, with 18 seconds left. Cox hit the double clutch three off a screen. SW by 2 with 10 seconds left. What a high school game. Turnover Southwest on the inbounds play...Oh my. Southwest wins! 63-61 as Judson misses a shot at the buzzer.

Robinson finished with 20 points to lead the Dragons, but it was Ray Pastrano down the stretch hitting 5 straight free throws who deserves mad props. The undersized WG/P at 6'2" muscled his way around the goal all night and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.