By Louie Vera
Brownsville Veterans Memorial are right where they want to be.
The Chargers had a late surge wearing down the Pace Vikings to stay undefeated in District 32-5A with gritty 64-47 Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial in Brownsville.
Next on tap for the Chargers (6-0 district play) is undefeated Mercedes to end the first round of league play and that’s where coach Larry Gibson’s crew expected to be.
“I thought it was a good inter-city rivalry game,” Gibson said. “I think both teams played hard and it was not a 15-point game (like the scoreboard had), we just were able to make a run late and pull away at the end.”
Pace weathered an early storm after being down 7-0 to start the game and would end the first quarter tied at 11.
Each team kept a fast pace on the floor that resulted in fast break points for both teams but it the difference would be a handful a Vikings turnovers from a suffocating Chargers’ defense put Veterans ahead 28-23 at halftime.
The Vikings came out hot to start the second half with three-pointers by Randy Aquilar and Jose Salinas to cut their deficit to 32-31.
Pace point guard Alex Acosta then gave the Vikings its first lead of the game at 33-32 with 2:34 left in the half slicing through the Chargers’ defense for a layup.
That lead would be short-lived as
“It was a tough battle all throughout the game,” Vikings coach Jose Luis Ramirez said. “We hung in there for three quarters and Veterans is Veterans. They did what they had to do and all of sudden they had a 10, 12 point lead.