Published: Saturday, December 17 2011 12:08
Written by David Rodriguez
What a difference a year makes. Last year the Palmview boys basketball team was abysmal. They went 5-27 on the season and were pushed around by most everyone, not the least of which was Brownsville Rivera who beat the Lobos by 30 points. This year, Palmview is sporting an 11-3 record and a new confidence. After Tuesday night’s game in La Joya, Rivera is sporting a few bruises.
Palmview head coach Andy Saenz credits his team’s new identity to a new work-ethic.
“I didn’t get the job last year until August,” said Saenz. “This year, as soon as the season was over, we got in the gym the very next day and I got the kids playing in tournaments. They showed up every day to work.”
Against Rivera, the work paid off. Coming off a game against Grulla where, although eventually winning big, the Lobos started slow, Palmview was hoping to impose their will early against the Raiders. The engine of the Lobo offense, point-guard Mario de la Garza, was primed early. De la Garza was directly and indirectly responsible for the Lobos first seven points as he made a strong move to the basket on their first possession, a graceful off-balance bank shot on their second possession and a head’s-up outlet pass to Jaime Garza who sank a three-pointer.