Boys hoops notebook: Panthers, Lions, Warriors look to stay red hot

With Weslaco’s victory over Harlingen South on Tuesday, the Panthers extended their winning streak to 10-0 on the season and remained atop the competition in District 32-6A.

The Panthers have a great mixture of talent on their roster and will face the San Benito Greyhounds tonight to try to extend their winning streak.

“The team this year has played great, unselfish basketball and we’ve had a number of guys who’ve stepped up throughout the season,” said Weslaco head coach Gabriel Valdez “We still have a lot of games left to be played with Los Fresnos right behind us, so we can’t let our guard down.”

Meanwhile, the La Feria Lions have been feasting on the competition in District 32-4A with senior guard JalenMorrell leading the surge.

The Lions are 10-0 on the season and will travel to Raymondville to face the Bearkats tonight.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have a successful season and not have any major injuries along the way,” said Lions head coach Dario Sanchez “There’s plenty of ball left to be played and we’re hoping to finish the season on a strong note.”

Last but not least, the Santa RosaWarriors are wrecking havoc in District 32-3A with a perfect 5-0 record. They have an open night today but play Monte Alto next Tuesday.

“We have high expectations and we are trying to meet those expectations,” said Warriors head coach Juan Cipriano. “We have three district games left, with our goal being to win them all and stay healthy.”

IN NEED OF A WIN: Harlingen South will be aiming to notch their seventh win of the 32-6A season as they take on the Weslaco East Wildcats tonight. The Hawks need a victory in order to stay alive in the playoff race.

The Hawks are currently 6-4 in league play and will host BrownsvilleRivera next Tuesday.

“After the loss to Weslaco (on Tuesday), I told our team that we needed to stay focused and prepare as best we can for the next couple of games ahead,” said South head coach Brian Molina.

Another team in need of a win tonight is Rio Hondo. Not just for the team’s playoff hopes, but for head coach JR Guzman, who remains one win shy of career win No. 600.

The Cats, who are 4-6 in District 32-4A, have dropped their last two in a row to Zapata and La Feria, respectively. Tonight they host Progreso.

“Progreso has already played against the tough teams within our district and are a pretty good team,” said Guzman “Hopefully we can get the win against the Red Ants, but our main goal is to be playing ball come March.”