Apaches one step closer to playoff berth


After an impressive five-game winning streak, the Gonzales Apaches boys basketball team have now lost two games in a row, losing to the state-ranked Pleasanton Eagles last Friday 84-48, then losing 75-58 against San Antonio Brooks Academy on Tuesday.

On Friday, the game plan was to limit turnovers, not give up second-chance points and also finish at the rim.

“At times, when we’re on a little spurt, we started doing that and at times we didn’t,” Apaches head coach Alec Paramski said. “When you give a good team like Pleasanton that opportunity, they convert on it. That’s what they did. They’re a great team, they knock down their shots. They’re physical. They’re aggressive. They’re state ranked for a reason.”

Despite being undersized, the Apaches did come away with multiple offensive rebounds, with players such as Will Knox and Diego Diaz de Leon fighting off the taller Pleasanton players.

“Our kids are physical,” Paramski added. We’re undersized so we have to make up for that aspect of being physical down low. We have some tough kids and we play scrappy at times. I love this group of kids, they just keep on fighting and that’s what they did.”

Despite the loss, the Apaches still have their eyes on their first playoff berth in nearly a decade. With Navarro at 5-5 and Cuero at 4-6, the Apaches (6-5) can clinch a spot if they knock off La Vernia (7-3) next Tuesday. Otherwise, they need a Cuero loss by the hands of Pleasanton (10-0) or San Antonio Brooks Academy (1-9) in order to make it to the postseason.

“We’ve been playing great these past six games and we just played a really tough Pleasanton team,” Paramski said last Friday. I like where our energy is at on the bench, on the court. We just got to keep playing our game, our style of basketball. When we do that, we’re more confident and I feel that’s how we’re getting our wins. Going in to the next [few] games and hopefully playoffs, we just got to keep doing what we’re doing.”

Tipoff against La Vernia is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.