Memorial at McHi, PSJAN at Vela, Weslaco at H South
BY TJ GARCIA
This is Big Tuesday Basketball.
There are many big games, but this set of six games has got our attention: McAllen Memorial at McHi, PSJA North at Edinburg Vela and Weslaco at Harlingen South.
All six of these games are double bills. Boys and girls. So get their early, grab some nachos with the magic yellow cheese, sit back and enjoy the show.
Let’s start with Memorial at McHi girls. 6 p.m. The 956Sports.com No. 4-ranked Lady Mustangs (21-9,10-0) come in on fire winning 10-straight district games including a 5-point victory over McHi on January 6 that stopped the No. 6-ranked Lady Bulldogs (21-0, 7-2) eight-game winning streak. Revenge anyone? The winner rules over Khan’s Grill for two weeks.
The McAllen boys are in the thick of playoff hunt in District 30-6A. So are the Mustangs. Positions 1-4 are hardly settled and a win here would go a long way to solidifying a postseason birth. McHi enters winners of three straight. Memorial has won four in a row, and Josh Sanchez is averaging 17 points per game. Game is at McHi at 7:30 p.m.
The No. 8-ranked PSJA North girls have weathered the storm and after some losses have won three straight. That’s the good news. The bad news is they travel to Vela and face the hottest team in Hidalgo County. The No. 9-ranked Lady Sabercats have won 11 of their last 12 and surging just in time for the playoffs. Tip-off is at Vela at 6:00 p.m.
For the boys, another classic battle. Vela’s scoring and fast pace vs. PJSA North’s methodical offense and solid defense. That doesn’t tell the whole story. No. 1-ranked Vela plays good defense, too, and No. 7-ranked PSJA can score when it needs to. But this will be a battle of wills and styles. Ball gets thrown up at 7:30 p.m.
The No. 2-ranked Weslaco Panthers are rolling along atop District 32-6A, but a resurgent South will give them a test. Don’t sleep on the Hawks, and Weslaco shouldn’t get caught looking past South to next week’s grudge match with Los Fresnos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
The No. 1-ranked Weslaco Lady Panthers are as close to being healthy as they’ve been all year. They’ll need all hands on deck at Harlingen South and with its army of Winter Texan fans. The No. 10 Lady Hawks are a solid team and will likely make the playoffs if they can notch a couple more wins. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
Other notables: The McAllen Rowe teams at La Joya Palmview (there are plenty of district implications) and the Mission Veterans Lady Patriots are at the Rio Grande City Lady Rattlers.