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MISSION – So far this season the La Joya Coyotes have proven capable of beating the weaker teams of District 30-5A but unable to break through and beat the bigger teams. Hence the current position of sixth place in the standings.

The last two weeks have proven such. The Coyotes had to endure a three-game stretch where they faced McHi, Sharyland and Nikki Rowe. La Joya lost all three by large margins before beating up on Donna last Tuesday.

Despite winning only three of the last four, La Joya’s shot at a playoff spot is not out of mathematical reason. Officially Rick Cantu’s team is only two games behind Memorial and one game behind McHi. If the Coyotes are to turn their season around and make a serious push for a bi-district appearance, then a road win tonight against Palmview, is a must.

A question to be asked is if La Joya has what it takes to get a win to make the push. Despite typically losing big to the district’s better teams, the Coyotes best performance against the elite came the first time against the Lobos. Behind the hot shooting of Victor Contreras, Ricky Salinas and the ball handling of Jonny Hinojosa, the Coyotes jumped out to an 11-0 run, had a decent lead in the third, but then saw it all erase as Palmview found its touch and came back to win 65-56.

For the Lobos, they will not want to start slow again. Andy Saenz has his guys playing at a high level and within shot of competing for a district title. Losing to La Joya at home would be a big blow for the team’s aspirations. However, in a rivalry game anything can happen.

Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Other Games-Boys

Mission at Memorial: The Mustangs just took down rival McHi and are looking to get back into the title race. The Eagles are just looking to improve.

Sharyland at Donna: Fresh off their emotional double overtime win versus Nikki Rowe Tuesday night, the Rattlers now take on a team they beat 91-21 in their last meeting.

Juarez-Lincoln at Hidalgo: The Huskies are currently in a three-way tie with Brownsville Veterans Memorial and Weslaco East. Though they possess the tiebreaker over the Wildcats and have a two-game lead over Mission Veterans Memorial and Edcouch-Elsa, losses of any kind are costly for a team seeking to make its first playoff appearance. What is going for Juarez is the fact they took down Hidalgo earlier in the year. However, tonight’s game is on the road and won’t be easy.

Valley View at Veterans Memorial: The Patriots are hard to figure out. They seemed to be getting back on track after beating Edcouch-Elsa and Juarez by double digits. However, Vets lost to a three-win Mercedes team on Tuesday. Despite the setback, the Patriots are still capable of making a playoff run. They just can’t afford to lose many more.

Other Games-Girls

La Joya at Palmview: Lady Coyote Dan Morales doesn’t want his girls looking past the Lady Lobos. The team needs to continue to win in order to solidify its playoff position.

Mission at Memorial: The Lady Eagles can’t afford to lose if they want to make a serious push of La Joya for a playoff spot. Memorial shouldn’t be too difficult to take down.

Sharyland at Donna: The Lady Rattlers will hope to make a strong showing against a lowly Donna squad in order to forget Tuesday’s disappointing loss to Nikki Rowe.

Juarez-Lincoln at Hidalgo: The Lady Huskies have a tough matchup against the district’s number one team.

Valley View at Veterans Memorial: The Lady Patriots still have Roma on their heels.

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