According to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), the Brownfield Cubs were supposed to be the third seed out of district going into the playoffs and Dimmitt was supposed to be the district champs. However the Cubs had another idea in play. Things might have looked dim for the Cubs basketball program with getting a new coach and others being “nay sayers” to how their season would be. Well, as most know, the Cubs won the District 3-3A Crown, beat Kermit for the Bi-District Championship and made it all the way to the area round to go up against the #20 Abernathy Antelopes.
Although the the Cubs lost the area round to Abernathy 71-62, they had a great season. Previously Coach McPherson said the Antelopes were going to be a tough team, mainly because of their size. “They have a big guard and he’ll be harder to cover verses the smaller ones we dealt with most of the season.” McPherson said. He also spoke about their size in general. McPherson said, “I’ve watched them on film and they are a physical team. So our goal is to not foul and play our game.”
Both teams came out of the shoot trading the lead in the 1st quarter. Pete Marroquin would get the first layup and points for the Cubs. Deion Blackwell and Jaden Martinez would get the chance of making some baskets at the charity stripe. Blackwell would get a 3-pointer as well as Caleb Martinez. Marroquin and Caleb would get two more field goals and the Cubs outscored Abernathy 16-15.
The second quarter did not go the way the Cubs wanted. Abernathy’s defense took charge and would only allow eight points from the Cubs. J.C Carrillo dropped a bucket which was his first points of the evening. Nikko Vela got two shots off in the 2nd quarter. Marroquin would add another two points on the board. However the Antelopes would finish the second quarter outscoring the Cubs by nine points 17 to 8, and took the lead at the half 32-24.
In the third quarter, the Cubs began to fight back, but not one player ran the table. Carrillo would get two from the foul line. Blackwell got a bucket plus two from the line. Vela busted one from downtown and made three more points from the line. Marroquin had a put-back and one point at the charity stripe. The Cubs would end up out scoring the Lopes 15-13.
The fourth was much like the first and third quarters. Both teams continued to trade shots, but because of the second quarter deficit the Cubs could not get back the lead, even though they had their most points in the fourth. Between Marroquin and Vela, they shared 14 points. Blackwell added two more to the board. Jaden had his best quarter of the night with two field goals and a foul line shot. Jeremiah Tealer also contributed with two points for the game. The Cubs would be outscored in the fourth 26-23 losing 71-62.
McPherson said, “We are really proud of everything that these guys accomplished this year! We hate that it ended, but these seniors have reestablished that Running Cub tradition and we hope that this serves as a baseline for our expectations in the future. Super proud of all of our guys but especially our seven seniors who will be tough to replace! Nikko Vela led the Cubs in points with 18, followed by Pete Marroquin with 15, and then Deion Blackwell with 11.