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20120127-Palmview-v-LaJoya-Boys-Basketball-dy-007MISSION – La Joya’s playoff chances took a devastating hit Friday night after losing to rival Palmview, 68-52. Pablo Tovar lead the Coyotes with 13 points while Lobo Hector Gallegos led all scorers with 20 points.

Playing in a true rivalry atmosphere, in front of a near packed house, the Lobos came out in the first quarter dominating. Lobo big man Dominick Garza scored 10 points in the period and his team played with confidence as they withstood a energized La Joya team. The first quarter ended with Palmview up, 21-8.

The big lead to start the game appeared to be the Lobos on their way to another big win over their rival. However, La Joya did not go away by continuing to play with passion, led by Noe Rodriguez’s five second quarter points. Helping out the visiting team was a Lobo squad struggling from the line, hitting only three free throws in nine tries.

As the game went on, the sloppiness of play increased on both sides. First the Coyotes struggled with the ball and their offensive output, allowing Palmview to build a 46-21 lead, just three minutes into the quarter. However, Rick Cantu’s team did not back down but went onto a 13-2 run to end the quarter, cutting the lead to 48-34.

In the fourth quarter despite making getting some big plays from Johnny Hinjosa and Ruben Olivarez, the closest La Joya could get would be eleven points around the three-minute mark. Though Palmview turnovers, quick shots and other sloppy play allowed the Coyotes to hang close, the Lobos found big shot daggers to cool any momentum from their rivals. In fact, the 55-44 lead by Palmview over the momentum-gaining La Joya, was increased by Gallegos’ three-pointer from the left corner. The big shot erased La Joya’s momentum and denied the Coyotes of making any other serious run at Palmview.

Overall, the Lobos played well enough to win but were sloppy in the second half. Next up for Palmview is Sharyland and a chance to create a three-way tie for first. The last time the two teams met, the Rattlers took down the Lobos easily. If Andy Saenz’s squad wants to show it truly belongs with the elite, Tuesday will be the determiner.

La Joya moves on to face Memorial.

Game MVP: Palmview’s Hector Gallegos. The senior scored twenty points, including four three-pointers. The guard is a calm player who is not afraid to take and make big shots.

Other Games-Boys

Mission at Memorial: TBA

Sharyland 69 Donna 39: The Rattlers took care of business and are now preparing for the Lobos.

Juarez-Lincoln at Hidalgo: TBA

Veterans Memorial 59 Valley View 35: The Patriots are still working their way into playoff contention and winning is a must.

Other Games-Girls

La Joya at Palmview: The Lady Coyotes took care of business but have the injury bug. Luckily, struggling Memorial is next on the schedule.

Mission at Memorial: TBA

Sharyland 60 Donna 45: The Lady Rattlers got the needed response from Tuesday’s disappointing loss to Rowe.

Juarez-Lincoln at Hidalgo: TBA

Veterans Memorial 64 Valley View 32: With this win under their belt, the focus rests on Roma who is just a game behind the Lady Patriots. The game will be in Starr County, presenting a challenge for the Lady Patriots.

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