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Bears on skid heading into break

Bears on skid heading into break
KEN SEMLINGER La Vernia’s Tanner Sims (12) goes way up for a block attempt against Poth’s Jordan Carrasco (5). The Bears fell in the non-district matchup on Dec. 18.

Despite a string of double-doubles from Zach Jarzombek, the Bear basketball team headed into the Christmas break on a four-game losing streak.

After defeating Somerset on Dec. 8, the Bears ended the week with a Dec. 11 loss at Alamo Heights. Last week, the team traveled to Somerset and Poth, and lost both games. The team also fell to Brennan on Dec. 21.

The Bears dropped a heartbreaker in Somerset on Dec. 15, as the Bulldogs held on for a 69-68 win.

La Vernia led 10-9 after the first period of play, but went into the locker room trailing 31-29. The Bears roared back in the third to take a 46-44 lead, but Somerset outscored La Vernia 14-12 to send the game into overtime. The home team scored 11 in OT, while the visiting Bears scored 10.

Next up was a cross-county matchup with Poth on Dec. 18, but unfortunately, the Bears once again came up short.

Poth outscored La Vernia 15-11 in first period and 15-6 in the second for a comfortable 30-17 halftime lead. The Pirates outscored the Bears 20-14 in the third, as well. La Vernia had its best scoring period in the fourth with 16 points, and Poth was held to 10, but the Pirates still cruised to a 60-47 victory.

While most area teams were done for the holidays, La Vernia was not. The La Vernia Bears welcomed the Brennan Bears this past Monday, Dec. 21, but fell by the final score of 65-59.

La Vernia came out strong and led 18-13 after the first eight minutes of play, and took a 27-24 lead into the break. La Vernia and Brennan both set the scoreboard on fire in the third, as the teams scored 23 points and 18 points, respectively, giving La Vernia a 50-42 advantage. Sadly, the 8-point lead was eviscerated in the final stanza, as Brennan outscored La Vernia 23-9 to secure a 65-59 win over La Vernia.

Jarzombek had yet another double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lift La Vernia to a win.

The good news is that the Bears have been able to play with most every team they have faced this season. They will have a few more games to get things together, as they compete in the Boerne Tournament next week. On Saturday, Jan. 2, the Bears will begin district play at home against Navarro.

Somerset def. La Vernia, 69-68.

Bears: Points: Zach Jarzombek-22, Tanner Sims-10, Dillon Bellino-9, Noah Wells-7, Major Muenster-7, C.J. Ott-6, Brock Roberts-3, Derek Miller-3. Assists: Muenster-4, Bellino-2, Roberts-1, Sims-1, Cody Martinez-1, Wells-1, Jarzombek-1. Rebounds: Jarzombek-16, Bellino-7, Roberts-4, Sims-4, Wells-3, Muenster-3, Miller-3, Tyler Reinhard-1. Steals: Ott-4, Muenster-2, Bellino-1, Reinhard-1. Blocks: Jarzombek-12, Sims-2, Wells-1, Muenster-1.

Poth def. La Vernia, 60-47.

Bears: Points: Zach Jarzombek-11, Dillon Belliono-10, Derek Miller-7, Tanner Sims-5, Major Muenster-5, Noah Wells-4, C.J. Ott-4, Tyler Reinhard-1.

Brennan def. La Vernia, 65-59.

Bears: Points: Zach Jarzombek-16, Tanner Sims-12, Brock Roberts-8, Major Muenster-7, Noah Wells-5, Derek Miller-5, Tyler Reinhard-2, Dillon Bellino-2, C.J. Ott-2. Assists: Muenster-3, Sims-2, Roberts-2, Miller-2, Jarzombek-1, Wells-1, Bellino-1. Rebounds: Jarzombek-17, Wells-5, Muenster-3, Miller-3, Sims-2, Reinhard-2, Bellino-2, Ott-2. Steals: Roberts-5, Jarzombek-2, Sims-1. Blocks: Jarzombek-1. Overall Record: 4-8.

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