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Pasadena readies for Wichita Falls trip with 52-36 victory

November 21, 2018

Who could blame the Pasadena High School varsity boys basketball team if they could only think about their upcoming road trip.

The Eagles will be departing for Wichita Falls and the Fantasy of Lights Tournament on Thanksgiving, an experience sure to be a first for many of head coach Jason Pillow’s players.

But Pasadena kept those exciting thoughts on the backburner just long enough to secure a 52-36 non-district victory over New Caney at the Bob Barfield Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon.

A balanced scoring attack that featured four players scoring in double figures enabled Pasadena to snap a three-game losing streak that was created during the just-finished McDonald’s Texas Invitational.

“We played well in spurts. When we realize what our strengths are and we play to those strengths, things go well for us. That was kind of a down New Caney team. They’re missing a lot of kids but I thought we tried to establish the inside game early. When we did that, they collapsed on them and it opened up the three-point shot,” Pillow said.

Phillips Vasquez was one of the four Eagles in double figures when he finished with 12 points, 10 coming in the third period. That was the eight minutes that Vasquez scored all but three of Pasadena’s points.

Joseph Pina and Gilbert Gomez each tacked on 11 points and Angelo Ryans netted 10.

Pasadena’s lead was only 9-8 entering the second period, but starting with the Eagles’ third possession, Pasadena went on a 12-0 rampage.

New Caney never got the deficit under nine points the rest of the way. The visiting Eagles scored seven unanswered points in the fourth when Pasadena’s height wasn’t on the floor, but that only cut New Caney’s deficit down to nine.

During that 12-0 run, Nelson Herrera, the team’s 6-4 sophomore, got it going with a putback. Josh Munoz and Ryans upped it to 15-8, before Gomez, who drained three 3s and Pina each canned bonus buckets, completing 12-0 rampage.

After New Caney got within nine in the fourth, on the other side of a timeout, Ryans finished three possessions with scores.

“We want to set the tone we want to play and not let the opposing team dictate what’s going on. I thought we started playing a little better in the second quarter,” Pillow said.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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