Area boys basketball teams played their final district game of the season on Tuesday to lock down their potential playoff seed. The Waelder Wildcats and the Luling Eagles come out of their respective districts as champions. Gonzales is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Nixon-Smiley and Shiner did not advance to the postseason.
Gonzales Apaches fighting for third
The Gonzales Apaches ended their district season at 6-6 after losing 75-51 to La Vernia. Navarro also lost their district closer, a 64-60 defeat by the hands of #15 Pleasanton.
The Apaches and the Panthers split games during district, meaning a tiebreaker for third place had to be scheduled. They play at Gonzales on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The winner takes third and plays Hondo in the bi-district round while the loser takes the fourth seed and plays Devine.
Luling loses closer, wins district title
The Luling Eagles are District 27-3A champions despite losing 76-62 against the Poth Pirates on Tuesday. Luling ends the district season at 9-1 while Poth takes second at 8-2.
The Nixon-Smiley Mustangs were eliminated from playoff contention prior to Tuesday’s matchup against Yoakum, who was also eliminated from contention.
Unbeaten district champions
Despite starting the season unranked, the now #13 Waelder Wildcats are District 30-1A champions, going 12-0 after beating Dime Box on the road 47-44. Dime Box (10-2) finished second in district and Moulton placed third. The Wildcats await their playoff opponent as they take a bye in the first round.
Cardinals eliminated from the playoffs, Comanches end season with no postseason appearance
The #9 Shiner St. Paul Cardinals were eliminated in the area round of playoffs after suffering a 52-45 loss against #2 O’Connell High on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Shiner Comanches ended their district season at 2-8 after losing 65-52 against Yorktown.