The Calallen Wildcats eased past their junior varsity team, but they had their work cut out for them in the quarterfinal round against the Floresville Tigers. The Wildcats squeaked by the Tigers, 53-49 advancing Calallen to the semifinals.
"I thought it would be a tight battle," said Calallen head coach Jeff Crews. "They had some bigger guys up front, we just did some better things to come up with the win."
Four Wildcat players had impressive showings, scoring in double figures.
Josh Anderson, Deron Belford, Michael Conroy and Josh Anderson scored 42 of the teams 53 points.
Conroy was the leading scored with 12 points. He also led the team with seven rebounds.
The other three each scored 10 points.
Belford also had seven assists and five steals in the game.
Both Anderson and Vaughan had three rebounds and two blocks each.
Vaughan was also impressive at the free throw line, going a perfect 6-for-6.
The game was more of a tug-o-war battle in the first quarter, as the teams kept scoring one after another.
Calallen's Belford looked dominant in the quarter, scoring eight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, and grabbing three steals.
The Wildcats held a slight 15-12 lead after the first quarter.
The game became very sloppy in the second quarter as both teams had unlucky breaks missing shots.
Calallen's Scott Ryan scored a quick three in the opening of the quarter, but it would be 6 minutes before the Wildcats made their next shot from Vaughan.
Floresville did not fare well either.
Several times, they had the basketball fall out from the hoop after looking like they would go in.
The Tigers also had the ball stolen from them six times, but the Wildcats could not capitalize on their turnovers by missing shots of their own.
After the smoke cleared, Calallen outscored the Floresville, 9-6. The Wildcats were up 24-18 at halftime.
The Tigers began to catch fire in the third quarter, closing in on the Wildcat lead.
Floresville's Sheldon Mikolajczyk and Reid Whitley used their height advantage against the smaller Calallen team with seven rebounds - four from Mikolajczak and three from Whitley - to help the Tigers outscore the Wildcats 15-10.
Floresville was within one, 34-33.
Like in the first quarter, the Wildcats and Tigers were battling back-and-forth, but the Tigers came up short near the end of the game, after Vaughan gave the Wildcats a six point lead, 49-43 with 0:50 left in the game.
Moving onto the semifinals was a good feeling for Crews, but he would like nothing more than to win.
"It would be awesome," Crews said. "It would make for a great Christmas present."
The Wildcats played their semifinal match Friday afternoon against the Edinburg Runnin' Bobcats. The winner faced either the West Oso Bears or Fort Bend Clements Rangers.