The La Vernia Bears made a last-second steal to seal a home victory against the Floresville Tigers Nov. 29, with a final score of 59-54.
La Vernia controlled the tip and the first half, for the most part, but after halftime the Tigers made a real game out of it. Floresville’s coach made some adjustments and the team put them into practice. At the end of the first half, the score was La Vernia 38, Floresville 25.
The Bears’ defense managed to keep the Tigers out of the paint during the first half, but the Tigers found the 3-point range more to their liking during the third quarter, helping their team to climb back into the game. At the end of the third quarter, the score still had La Vernia ahead, but the difference was only 9 points at 47-38.
The Bears called the team together and crafted a plan to stop the treys, and for the most part managed to do just that, at the expense of letting the Tigers back inside the paint, which made it easy for the inside game to take shape.
With 25 seconds left in the game, Floresville worked its way to a 5-point deficit, 56-51. Again, Coach Tackitt called a timeout, drew up a play, and set the gears in motion. A 3-pointer was made, and the score was La Vernia 56, Floresville 54. The Tigers quickly fouled to try and get the ball back.
La Vernia came to the line but was only able to make one shot, bringing the crowd to its feet.
After another quick timeout, the Tigers again managed to take the ball back from the Bears, but by now the timer was down to three seconds. Floresville inbounded the ball and made a quick pass to their trey shooter, but La Vernia stole the ball and the buzzer sounded, ending a great game between friendly rivals.
La Vernia traveled to a tournament in Cedar Creek Dec. 1-3, where they finished in third place overall, bringing their overall record to 4-5. The team hits the road Dec. 6 for a game against Seguin and again for the Dec. 8-10 Devine Tournament.