The Harlandale Indians mathematically eliminated the Seguin boys basketball team from playoff contention with a 82-60 home win over the Matadors on Tuesday in San Antonio.
The loss dropped Seguin’s record to 6-22 overall and 1-10 in District 26-5A.
The Matadors are seven games behind fourth-place Harlandale with only five games left on the schedule.
Although the playoff race is over for the Mats, Seguin boys basketball head coach Dwayne Gerlich said his players are holding their heads up high.
“The kids are still doing a great job attitude-wise — still playing hard,” he said. “That’s not going to affect the way we play, and come out and play those last five games. Our goal is to knock somebody off that’s up there at the up and see where we end up. So they’re not going to quit playing.
Against the Indians, Seguin trailed Harlandale 5-0 early in the first quarter.
Senior Trystin Silas stopped the run with a jump shot and senior Vaughn Schlogel followed with a layup, making it a one-point game (5-4) with 5:35 left in the period.
Harlandale quickly recovered from Seguin’s small rally as the Indians went on a 13-0 run to end the first quarter up 18-4.
Two consecutive 3-pointers from Seguin (Silas netted in the first, junior Gerrit Twitero made the other) gave the Matadors a glimmer of hope in the second quarter.
The Indians scored four straight points after the shots from the outside from Seguin, putting Harlandale in a 32-10 cushion.
Silas scored seven points in the final four minutes of the second quarter, trying to help Seguin climb out of the hole, but Harlandale continued to stay hot and finished the half up 41-19.
Seguin stepped up their game in the third quarter as they scored 19 points, however, Harlandale put up 24 points, putting them up by more than 30 at the end of the period.
The Matadors outscored the Indians 22-17 in the fourth, but the hole was too big for Seguin to overcome, leaving Harlandale to take the game.
"We got some good shots and just couldn't put one in," Gerlich said. "We got down 14, and it was kind of a little downhill slide there for a while. Real proud of the kids, though, they didn't quit playing. They kept fighting back. We actually cut it to under 20 there in the fourth quarter a couple of times and had a chance, but it's just a big thing to overcome, especially against a really good team like Harlandale — the guys handle the ball well and they shoot the ball really well.”
Silas recorded a team-high of 20 points, Twitero contributed 13 and junior Joseph Vela chipped in eight.
Junior Christopher James and junior Tyson Coleman netted in five points each, junior R.J. Acuna finished with four points and junior Matthew Doege had two.
Seguin takes a break from their schedule as they do not play on Friday.
The Matadors will resume district play next week with a home game against San Antonio McCollum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Goldie Harris Gym.