Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 18 January 2013 08:00
It took the Veterans Memorial Patriots seven minutes and forty seven seconds to score their first goal of the game against the Mercedes Tigers Tuesday night. It took them only five seconds to score their second. As a result VMHS turned what had been an 11-1 deficit in the closing seconds of the first quarter into a slightly more respectable 11-5 disadvantage as the buzzer signaling the end of the opening period sounded.
Entering the game Tuesday evening, the 4-1 Patriots (19-6 overall) needed a win against the 3-2 Tigers to assure themselves of no worse than a tie for first place in what has become a very competitive District 32-4A hoops race. With Valley View and Roma both sporting identical 4-1 district records before Tuesday’s games, Coach Romeo de la Garza Jr. knew that if his VMHS squad was to remain atop the standings, his boys would have to bounce back from such a slow start. That is exactly what the Patriots did when they used an 18-point fourth quarter to pull ahead of the Tigers to pull off a 43-37 come-from-behind victory.