The visiting Wimberley Texans took advantage of mistakes made by La Vernia at home to deal the Bears a difficult 67-54 loss Jan. 8. A costly technical foul by senior front court star Zach Jarzombek proved to be a turning point in the game, as his services, especially on the defensive end, were sorely missed.
“Not being able to have the guys on the floor that we would normally have really cost us,” said Head Coach Chris Koford. “When Jarzombek got his technical foul, we have a rule that if a player gets a technical foul, he doesn’t play anymore. You have got to be able to control yourself on the floor. That hurt us. Him not on the floor left the middle wide open.”
The Bears were led offensively by junior Major Muenster, who contributed a team-high 18 points, 12 of which were from the three-point range. Junior Dillon Bellino and sophomore Derek Miller, both pressed into service with the loss of Jarzombek, each chipped in with 9 points offensively.
“It’s a learning process for us, but we’re not performing very well,” Koford said. “We’re making too many mistakes, especially seniors who are supposed to have more maturity. They’re making costly mistakes. I think we played pretty well for three quarters of the game, and we just kind of let it get away.”
La Vernia got out fast in the game, but the Texans took firm control in the second half. The Bears were unable to claw their way back into the game, despite gritty performances by seniors Tanner Sims and Tyler Reinhard. Each scored 4 points for the La Vernia cause.
“I thought we handled the pressure very well,” Koford said. “We broke the pressure and we shot our free throws well. Guys stepped up and played more than they usually have to play. As a team, I thought overall we played well. There were just some individual letdowns that cost us.”
La Vernia traveled to Boerne Tuesday and will wrap up the week with a road trip to Canyon Lake on Friday.
Wimberley def. La Vernia, (67-54)
Bear Overall Record: 8-11
Bear District Record: 1-4