By MICHAEL DeLEON
A great play made a great moment for Lehman High School Friday night, when a flight of inspiration by star forward Kenny Weber seized the Lobos’ first boys basketball win against crosstown rival Hays.
Weber made sure he had the last word in a 46-44 nail-biting victory.
With 3.1 seconds to go and the score tied 44-44, Lehman coach Thomas Acker drew up a play calling for a lob to sophomore Tarale Murray, who would then feed Weber for a lay-up. But the Rebels trapped Murray, who lobbed up a desperate prayer. A soaring Weber answered the prayer by tipping the ball in with less than a second left in regulation.
“This is just a great feeling to finally beat them,” Weber said. “I was just lucky enough to be able to tip it in.”
The victory put Lehman back in the District 17-4A playoff race with a 2-4 league record, while also dropping Hays to 2-4. Both are still looking up at San Marcos, which is a fourth-place 3-3 after its 55-53 loss to Del Valle Friday night in the Snake Pit.
Elgin strengthened its position Friday night with a 76-61 win against Manor, breaking the Wildcats out of a third-place tie with San Marcos and putting them into a second-place tie with Manor at 4-2. Del Valle now holds a two-game lead with its 6-0 league record.
The Lobos set the tone early Friday night with a slam dunk on their first possession. Taking advantage of the Rebels’ offensive miscues, Lehman took a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The red and blue uniforms may as well have been black and blue, for the Rebels appeared defeated and fatigued by the end of the first period. The second quarter, however, was a different story.
Hays’ guards decided to take over and led the Rebels up the court, often isolating to get their shooters and slashers easy baskets.
With 1:21 remaining in the second quarter, the Rebels chipped away enough to pull even 20-20 just by setting up their offense and executing.
From then on it was a see-saw battle until midway through the fourth, when Lehman built up an eight point advantage. But yet again, Hays settled down, filled passing lanes and hit key shots to tie it all up with 3.1 seconds left.
In the end, though, it was Lehman fans who stormed the court, a fitting way to end a streak that has lasted since Lehman became Hays CISD’s second high school in 2004.
“That’s what happens when kids practice hard and execute,” Lehman Principal Elsa Hinojosa said. “This has probably been the most exciting year for our fans and students, and it was great to see that support.”Email | Print