Ballinger hosted their annual basketball tournament this past weekend and the Bearcats were able to secure the consolation championship after a stunning early loss.
In spite of a solid performance from Chance Parker with 20 points, Ballinger fell to May 59-57.
Despite a strong finish, with 21 points in the final quarter, Ballinger Bearcats Varsity failed to secure the win. Ballinger got physical during the game, racking up 21 fouls. Parker sunk the most baskets during the third period, earning eight points for Ballinger.
Two other players also scored in the double digits for Ballinger. Connor Kvapil had 16 points and
Deaundre Manley added 13 points. Also chipping in for Ballinger were Donte Belk (3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Jason Elliott (3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), and Ty Sensabaugh (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal).
Ballinger finished the game with 38 rebounds (20 offensive / 18 defensive), four blocks and 18 steals.
The Bearcats were victorious against Ozona 73-36 on Friday with the help of Deaundre Manley, who scored 23 points.
Following a 14-4 run, Ballinger Bearcats Varsity was leading at the half at 34-20. With 21 points in the third quarter, Ballinger cemented their lead.
Manley shot well from the field, making 53% (9-for-17) of shots attempted as well as 45% (5-for-11) of threes attempted.
Two other players also scored in the double digits for Ballinger. Chance Parker scored 21 points and Connor Kvapil had 11 points. Jason Elliott put up three three-pointers and scored nine points total. Also chipping in for Ballinger were Sebastian Delgado (3 points, 3 rebounds), Jon Johnson (2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks), Cole Cave (2 points, 1 rebound), and Ty Sensabaugh (2 points, 1 rebound). Parker was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up 11 rebounds, one steal and two blocks.
Ballinger finished the game with 34 rebounds (11 offensive / 23 defensive), five blocks and 12 steals.
Ballinger emerged victorious 57-35 against Zephyr on Saturday on the strength of Deaundre Manley, who scored 20 points.
At the end of the first half, Ballinger Bearcats Varsity commanded 34-14 lead after a 31-3 run. Ballinger played aggressively throughout, accumulating 21 fouls over the course of the game.
Manley was successful from the field, making 43% (6-for-14) of shots attempted as well as 42% (5-for-12) of threes attempted. He also shot well from the line, making 60% (3-for-5) of free throws attempted.
Jason Elliott put up two three-pointers and scored 10 points total. Two other players also added ten or more points for Ballinger. Chance Parker had 19 points. Also contributing for Ballinger were Diego Alvarado (3 points) and Donte Belk (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal). Parker was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
Ballinger finished the game with 32 rebounds (12 offensive / 20 defensive), four blocks and 18 steals.
Ballinger’s next two games will split. On December 13 the Bearcats will face Albany in Ballinger and travel to Tuscola to take on Jim Ned on the 16th.