Martin beats rival Cigarroa by 13 points

The Martin Tigers faced an early challenge against the Cigarroa Toros but eventually beat rivals Crosstown 66-53 on Friday.

“We got a hard-fought win,” Martin’s head coach Hector Noyola said. “These games will prepare us for the playoffs. So those are the kind of games we need to be in.

“Proud of the guys for coming from behind. Give Cigarroa credit. I know they are a tough team that will always give us their best game every time we face them. They did it. But our guys never gave up, never gave up. They kept fighting and we finished strong in the end.

Martin was down 31-27 at halftime. But thanks to a solid second half – he beat Cigarroa 39-22 in the last two quarters – the Red and Whites were able to come away with the double-digit victory.

The Tigers were led by Andy Zamora and AJ Valaldez, who both scored 17 points in the victory. Jorge Martinez contributed 15 while Alexander Ledesma contributed 10.

Ya-aqob Lozano led Cigarroa with 22 points in the loss.

With the win, Martin remains undefeated in district play at 5-0. It aims to remain undefeated in league action as it hosts Mission Veterans Memorial in a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.

As for Cigarroa, he hopes to bounce back on his trip to face La Joya Palmview on Tuesday.

Nixon overcomes early deficit to beat Del Rio soundly

The Nixon Mustangs defeated the Del Rio Rams 94-63 on Friday.

Del Rio took an early 7-0 lead. Nixon coach Pete Solis called a timeout, and the Mustangs responded with a 46-16 run to close out the first half.

Ian Tovar had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. But the leader on the field was Adrien Medellin. The senior guard posted 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The Mustangs’ game with LBJ is on hold due to COVID-19 concerns. If that match is postponed, they will have a rematch on Friday with United.

Alexander keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Eagle Pass

Although Alexander didn’t start, he might have wanted to with a series of turnovers in his clash with Eagle Pass, the Bulldogs eventually started and came away with a 75-50 victory.

Alexander has suffered tough losses in district play and basically needs to win to earn a playoff berth, but the team is doing everything it can to win one game at a time and Friday night’s win doesn’t was just a victory in the grand scheme of things.

“They know we’re always very honest with them, very honest with them about playing time, starts and all that,” head coach Luis Valdez said. “So when we tell them they know, it won’t be a surprise.”

He continued: “So we’ve been very honest with them, so I don’t think it should come as a surprise to them, or it’s a shock when we say, ‘Oh, we have to win this game,’ because we told them.

The Bulldogs’ top executives really led the way in this must-win game with Adrian Orozco tallying 21 points, five assists and four rebounds and Nick Ordonez scoring 25 points to lead all scorers.

Alexander won Friday’s game and kept his playoff hopes alive. Now, in a weird scheduling situation, it’s playing Eagle Pass again, but this time on the road, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

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