BY TJ GARCIA
Jump ball! The Texas UIL state basketball playoffs are here for the girls.
The boys still have one regular-season game left, but it might as well be playoff time as some teams have a lot to play for.
Do or die. Single game elimination. Everything is on the line for RGV girls’ basketball teams that have been working between the lines since last October. There are some great first-round match-ups Monday and Tuesday in and around the RGV that are worth the price of admission.
Edinburg, Edinburg Vela, McAllen, McAllen Memorial, Weslaco, PSJA North, Harlingen South, San Benito and many others all have bi-district games. Certainly Edinburg Vela is among the hottest teams in the area winners of nine straight and recording only one loss in the last six weeks. Weslaco (28-8) may still be the area’s best team, but Edinburg High and others will make their case in opening-round games.
And don’t sleep on Hidalgo. The 32-4A District champs went 13-1 in district and are ready for the post season.
And if that were not enough, consider this gem of game on the boys’ side that could determine the District 30-6A championship when Rowe visits Memorial for the title. The Mustangs (21-12, 8-3) beat Rowe (24-7, 9-2) in the first round of district play, and if they win Tuesday’s night’s match up would own the tiebreaker and be crowned 30-6A champs.
One other good game of note is Edinburg Vela at Edinburg High on Tuesday. The upstart Bobcats (22-7) were spanked by the Sabercats (28-3, 14-0) a few weeks ago, but now Vela travels to Edinburg High – with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over it. Vela hasn’t lost since November, and Edinburg which was 10-1 in district a week ago, has now lost two in a row and is trying to avoid a swoon before the playoffs start.
MONDAY FEB. 13
San Benito @ Edinburg High, 7 p.m.
Harlingen South @ Edinburg Vela, 7 p.m.
PSJA North @ Weslaco, 7 p.m.
McAllen Memorial @ South San Antonio, 7 p.m.
McAllen Rowe vs. Laredo Alexander, 8 p.m., Alice
La Joya Palmview vs. Laredo United South, 6 p.m., Alice
La Feria vs. Rockport-Fulton, 6 p.m., Bishop
La Grulla vs. CC West Oso, TBD, Falfurrias
Rio Hondo vs. Orange Grove, 7 p.m., Kingsville
Hidalgo vs. Aransas Pass, TBD, Texas A&M Kingsville
TUESDAY FEB. 14
McHi vs. Laredo United, 6 p.m., Alice
PSJA Memorial @ Harlingen High, 7 p.m.
Donna High vs. Laredo Cigarroa, 8 p.m. Alice
Mercedes vs. Laredo Nixon, 7 p.m., Roma Jr. High
Brownsville Pace. vs Laredo Martin, 7 p.m., La Grulla
Rio Grande City vs. Brownsville Vets, TBD