Warriors survive 73-69 battle against Goliad to advance to regional final

SEGUIN — For the Santa Rosa Warriors, the first half of their Region IV-3A semifinal was not one they would like to remember.

The second half, however, was one they will not soon forget.

After trailing by 13 in the first half, the Warriors outscored the Goliad Lions 31-13 in the third quarter and never looked back as they punched their ticket to the elite eight with a 73-69 come-from-behind win in Friday night at the Goldie Harris Gym in Seguin.

The Warriors are into the regional finals and will face state-ranked Aransas Pass at 1 p.m. today. AP, who beat Lyford in Tuesday’s regional quarters, beat Universal City Randolph 71-52 on Friday night.

With turnovers and ice-cold shooting plaguing the Warriors in the first half, Goliad took advantage and racked up a double-digit lead early.

Santa Rosa head coach Johnny Cipriano had just one message for the Warriors at the half: Slow down.

“I told the guys at half that we were making these shots all year; you just have to settle down,” he said. “If we’re calm and composed, we’re gonna sink them because that’s what we practiced. It was just a matter of sinking that first one. Sure enough, that first one goes in and there we go.”

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