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(Photo by Sudan Correspondent Derek Lopez)

By DEREK LOPEZ

The Sudan Hornets’ varsity basketball team held off a second-half surge from the Bovina Mustangs on Friday, 57-45, to earn a spot in the 2A Texas State High School Basketball Playoffs.
Christian Montes opened the contest with a three from the right wing, but Bovina answered right back, as Lara knocked down a three from the left wing, tying the game, 3-3.
With seven minutes to play in the opening quarter, Parker Battin was fouled on an attempt by Marrufa; he converted both free throws to regain the lead for Sudan, 5-3.
Quintana dropped in a tear-drop in transition to tie the game once more, and on the following play, a steal by Marrufa led to him getting fouled on an attempt by Chris Schovajsa. He made one out of two at the line to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game, 6-5.
Schovajsa answered with a jumper in the lane and then followed it up with a drive and dish to Battin for three on the left wing, extending their lead to, 10-6.
Bovina took a time out with 3:48 to play in the first quarter and out of the break, Alex Conley knocked down a jumper from the left elbow off of the assist from Montes, making it a six-point game, 12-6.

(Photo by Sudan Correspondent Derek Lopez)
POINTS IN THE PAINT – Sudan junior forward, Alex Conley (15), drops in a lay-up off of the feed from Chris Schovajsa (12) during the first half of Sudan’s game with the Mustangs on Friday. The Hornets defeated Bovina, 57-45, to earn a spot in the 2A Texas State High School Basketball Playoffs.

Monzon ended the scoring drought for Bovina with a jumper, but Schovajsa again answered, as he drove the lane and dumped the ball off to Conley for a lay-up, stretching the lead to, 14-8.
With just under one minute to play in the quarter, Montes was fouled on an attempt by Emery; he split the attempts, making the score, 15-8. But, on the other end, Emery drew a shooting foul on Schovajsa; he sank both free throws to trim the lead to, 15-10.
With under 10 seconds remaining in the quarter, Conley was fouled on an attempt by Lara; he converted both attempts, but the Mustangs moved the ball down court quickly, as Marrufa scored a lay-up to beat the buzzer off of the assist from Emery, making the score, 17-12, as the first quarter came to a close.
With 1:30 gone in the second quarter, Mata was fouled on a put-back try by Conley; he split the free throws, making it a five-point game, 17-13.
Montes took the ball strong to the basket along the left baseline for a lay-up off of the assist from Battin, but on the next play, Mata was fouled on an attempt by Schovajsa. He made one out of two at the line keeping it a five-point game, 19-14.
Delacruz dropped in a lay-up in transition for the Mustangs, but on the other end, Battin found Rodriguez in transition, who was fouled on an attempt by Marrufa. He split the free throws and Battin followed it up with a three from the top of the key, with 4:28 to play in the first half, making the score, 23-16.
Hernandez answered with a three from the left elbow for Bovina, but on the next play, Rodriguez was fouled on an attempt by Hernandez. He made both free throws, making it a six-point game, 25-19, with 3:13 remaining in the half.
Bode Box scored a put-back off of a miss by Montes and Montes followed it up with a lay-up in transition, as Bovina called for a time out with 2:38 to play in the half and the Sudan lead out to 10 points, 29-19. Out of the break, Mata scored a lay-up off of the inbound pass from Quintana trimming the lead back to single digits, 29-21.
With under 30 seconds to play in the half, Quintana was fouled on the floor by Rodriguez; he converted both attempts at the line to make it a six-point game, 29-23.
Box split a pair of free throws after being fouled by Quintana on the floor, but Lara drained a three from the right elbow for Bovina with time winding down, making the score, 30-26, in favor of Sudan going into the locker room at halftime.
Rodriguez opened the second half with a fade-away jumper from the right wing off of the assist by Montes. He followed it up two plays later with a lay-up off of the inbound pass from Battin, stretching their lead back out to, 34-26, with 5:34 to play in the half.
Delacruz dropped in a lay-up off of the assist from Marrufa and the Mustnags took a time out to prevent a jump ball with 4:56 remaining in the quarter.
Out of the break, Martinez hit Marrufa with a bounce pass for a lay-up and Emery found Marrufa in transition on the next play for a lay-up, slicing the lead to two points, 34-32, with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter.

 (Photo by Sudan Correspondent Derek Lopez)
CLOSING OUT THE GAME – Sudan senior guard, Ruben Rodriguez (2), drops in a fast-break lay-up off of the outlet pass from Christian Montes, as the Hornets closed out Bovina on Friday night, 57-45, to earn a spot in the 2A Texas State High School Basketball Playoffs.

Sudan took a time out with 3:55 to play in the quarter and out of the break, Rodriguez was fouled on an attempt by Marrufa earning a trip to the line. He made one out of two at the line, making the score, 35-32.
Delacruz knocked down a jumper from the left side to make it a one-point game, as the Hornets called a time out with 3:16 to play in the quarter, leading the Mustangs, 35-34.

Out of the break, Quintanta passed the ball to Emery, who quickly passed it to Marrufa for a lay-up to give the Mustangs the lead, 36-35.
Montes lost the handle on the ball, but Brett Wilson was able to gather it and score a lay-up, putting the Hornets back on top, 37-36. Marrufa, though, answered by banking in a turnaround jumper off of the missed three by Lara, making it a one-point Bovina lead with just over 30 seconds to play in the quarter.
With time winding down in the quarter, Rodriguez drained a three from the left elbow off of the assist from Conley, making it a two-point Sudan lead, 40-38, going into the final quarter of play.
Emery hit Delacruz for a lay-up for the opening basket of the fourth quarter to tie the game, 40-40. the Mustangs took a time out with 6:44 to play and out of the break, Lara dropped in a lay-up on a pump fake, giving Bovina the lead, 42-40, with 6:23 to play in the contest.
Schovajsa picked up a steal and got it ahead to Rodriguez for a quick lay-up to tie the game, 42-42, and Battin took a charge on Mata with 5:52 to play, regaining possession for the Hornets.
Quintana dropped in a floater off of the glass to give Bovina a small lead, 44-42, but with four minutes to play, Schovajsa scored a put-back off of the missed three by Battin, tying the game, 44-44.
Mata was fouled on the floor by Schovajsa earning a one-in-one opportunity at the line. He made one out of two, but on the other end, Rodriguez was fouled on the floor by Marrufa, earning a one-in-one opportunity. He sank both free throws to regain the lead for Sudan, 46-45.
Over the final 1:56, the Hornets would go 7-11 from the free-throw line to close out the Mustangs, 57-45.
The Hornets were led in scoring by Rodriguez, who finished with 22 points. Montes netted 11 points, while Battin chipped in nine points and Conley contributed six points. Schovajsa added four points, while Box tallied three points and Wilson finished with two points.
The Hornets played New Deal at Levelland on Tuesday with a shot at the 2A Bi-district championship on the line. Results were not available at press time.

Rhea Gonzales

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