BULVERDE – Many a basketball game is won or lost at the charity stripe over the final minutes of the contest. The same held true Saturday morning as the San Marcos Home School Panthers faced off against San Antonio Texas Military in the fifth-place game of the 14th Annual Bulverde Bracken Christian Christmas Classic.
SMHS (24-4) drained 8-of-10 free throws over the final three-plus minutes to hold off Texas Military 63-58.
Junior Sam Haynes went 5-of-6, while sophomore Jon Haynes was 3-of-4.
“We’ve got good free throw shooters,” San Marcos Home School head coach Don Brewer said after the win. “We’ve got very disciplined shooters that don’t get antsy during the game. They know how to put the ball in the bucket, especially when the game counts.”
The Panthers led by as many as 11, at 53-42, in the fourth quarter, but TMI (8-4) closed out the final four minutes on a 16-10 run.
Brewer said the final minutes were interesting as both teams had to adjust to the officiating.
“The officiating took some players out of their normal game for both teams,” he said. “Both teams had to adjust to that, which was difficult, but we were able to get a few rebounds when we needed to and put down our free throws as well and that was enough to win this game.”
Tensions were high in the second half as both teams tried to avoid the loss. Lex Stewart was whistled for a technical foul and one of the SMHS fans stormed out of the gym in protest of level of physical play down the stretch.
The first half was just as exciting, but all of the action remained on the hardwood.
San Marcos Home School jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Stewart and Michael Tawil sparked a 12-2 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 12-6 lead, prompting Brewer to call a timeout with 3:50 left to play.
The Panthers rebounded, and went on a 9-6 run of their own to cut the gap to one, at 16-15, at the end of the first quarter. The run continued through the start of the second, as SMHS scored the first five points to take a 20-16 lead on a Jordan Brewer three-pointer, with 6:59 left to play in the half.
Sean Myers, who finished with a game-high 25 points in the loss for TMI, ended the Panthers’ nearly four-minute scoring drought with a free throw, with 5:15 remaining in the first half, to pull Texas Military within three, at 20-17.
But SMHS went on another run, and by the time this one was over the Panthers were leading by 11, 30-19, drawing a timeout from Texas Military head coach Chad Curran.
TMI broke out a full-court press and closed out the first half on a 10-2 run, cutting the halftime deficit to three, 32-29.
Three Panthers finished in double digits Saturday morning led by Brewer’s 19 points. He had three treys in the victory. Sam Haynes finished with 13, while Jon Haynes added 10.
San Marcos Home School went 2-1 over the three-day event. The Panthers opened with a 66-48 win over Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills on Monday. Then on Tuesday SMHS dropped an eight-point decision, 70-62, to eventual two-time champion San Antonio St. Mary’s Hall.
Sam Haynes was also named to the All-Tournament team.
San Marcos Home School – 15 17 15 16
Texas Military Institute – 16 13 11 18
SMHS (24-4) Jordan Brewer 19, Sam Haynes 13, Jon Haynes 10, Jacob Gremmer 8, Landon Berryhill 7, John Manuel Rendon 6
TMI (8-4) Sean Myers 25, Michael Tawil 17, Lex Stewart 16
by Jason Jump
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