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Page 2B " SPORTS Bobcats win hoops thriller over UTSA FROM STAFF REPORTS seconds left. That sent Melvin Johnson to RyanWhite proved that it was the line for  with a chance definitely Senior Day at Texas to give the Roadrunners the lead State University Saturday as the guard scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Bobcats to an 82-80 nail-biting win against uTsA at Strahan Coliseum. In the 1-35 Rivalry matchup, it was the Bobcats which came away with their eighth Consecu- tive home victory this season to move to 15-13, 10-4 in confer- ence play. Texas State also main- tained its lead in the SLCWestem Division with two regular season gamesto go. In a game that literally went down to the final seconds, took a 68-67 lead with 5:27 to go after a pair of made fi&apos;ee throws by Larry Wtlkins. The Roadrunners held on to the lead and were able to stretch it to a two-possession game, before Cameron Johnson hit two clutch free throws for the Bobcats with 1:57 left in the game to give Texas State the lead. The two teams would go back and fourth from there. Af- ter Wdkins' two free throws gave UTSA the advantage, the Bobcats grabbed it right back when John- son scored to make it 78-77. wasn't finished, however, as Devin Gibson drove the lane and scored with 38 seconds left to give the Roadnmners a 79-78 lead. White then nailed what had a chance to be the game-winning free throws for the Bobcats af- ter he was fouled by Gibson, but Texas State's Tony Bishop was called for a technical foul with six back, but he could only convert one of two free throws, leaving the score tied at 80. Capping off what turned out to be a foul-fest late, White drove down the court and straight to the bucket. He was fouled with less than a second left on the clock. White calmly sank both free throws to give the Bobcats the victory, sending the home crowd into a frenzy in the process. Things got chippynear the end of the first half as well, as both teams received a pair of techni- cal fouls. Johnson nailed two free throws to score the last points of the half as UTSA took a 38-33 lead into the locker room. Along with White's 25 points, Bishop, who was named SLC player of the weeL tallied his ninth double-double for Texas State this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cameron lohn- son and Travis Jones each netted 12 points apiece for the Bobcats. Johnson led  with 21 points. Devin Gibson had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jemmie Hill added 16 points and eight rebounds and Larry Wflkins had 14 points for the Roadrunners. Texas State will travel to Hunts- ville to take on Sam Houston State Saturdayin the final regular game of the season. Tipoffis scheduled for 7 p.m. The Southland Confer- ence Tournament in Katy begins next Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS STATE 'UNIVERSITY Tony Bishop had 14 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Texas State to a thrilling 82-80 win over rival UTSA on Saturday. Bishop was named the Southland Conference player of the week and the Bobcats remain in first place in the SLC's Western Division. Lobo soccer loses battle with Bastrop BY MARK gAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com A physical season has cer- tainly begun to take its toll on the Lehman boys soccer team. They entered a big road match-up with Bastrop, cling- ing to a one-game lead over the Bears with three starters out with injuries. Unfortunately, when the dust settled, the Lobes' one- game lead had vanished by virtue of Bastrop's hard-fought 2-1 win at Memorial Stadium. After both teams had fought to a scoreless tie at halftime, the Lobos got on the board first as senior captain Oscar Martinez dribbled downfield and was fouled on a breakaway, which resulted in a penalty kick only six minutes into the second half. Fabian Mantilla found the net on the penalty kick on the next play to give Lehman a i-0 advantage. Six minutes later, the Bears got the equalizer on a 30-yard goal to tie the score at 1-1. As the game wound down, the combatants became more physical and Bastrop finally was able to break through with a header that skipped past Lehman's back- up goalkeeper with only 1:17 left to push the Bears ahead to stay. Although the Lobes had a couple of runs in the last minute of play, they weren't able to find the net again and dropped into a second-place tie with Bastrop (6-2-1). Lehman hosts Lockhart on Wednesday and will travel to Giddings on March 8. For information, visit our website at citruspeel.net or call &liia at 512-995-1313 or 512-668-4241 PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Pablo Martinez and the Lehman boys soccer team lost 2-1 to Bastrop last week in a key District 49-4A con- test, Hays Baseball: Rebs win three at SM tourney Continued from pg. 1 B striking out two batters, an RBI and added a sacrifice At the plate, Masen Gully . fly RBI. went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, and Matt Casas had a single and scored two runs. Next against Keller, Hays again cruised to an easy 6-2 win. Stefen Navarro went 3-for- 3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Keller, and Nick Cavazos was 2-for-3. On the mound, Charles Johnson picked up the win af- ter he came into the game in relief in the early innings. He threw four innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Hays then knocked off Plainview 5-1, as Cavazos went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Granger Stud- dard bunted a runner in for Rueben Miller threw six innings to earn the pitching victory, striking out five and allowing no earned runs. "It was great to get a few wins early and to see the kids compete like they did," Hays head coach Doug Ragsdale said. "in these early games we want to see our lineup gel and we want to see which pitch- ers are going to be able to throw strikes. We had several solid pitching performances, which is always nice to see." The Rebels hit a wall In the fourth game they played in the tournament Saturday eve- ning against former district ri- val San Marcos in a 9-4 loss. "San Marcos just did a good job against us that night," Ragsdale said. "We left the bases loaded a couple of times early and they took advantage of all of their scor- hag chances. When we did hit the ball hard, it was fight at them, but that's baseball." Ragsdale said the team's first tournament was a good stepping-stone. "I'm pleased but this is just one tournament," Ragsdale said. "We have to continue to grow over the next couple of weeks." Hays is scheduled to play Canyon Lake High at Con- cordia University in Austin this week. The Rebels will be- gin play in the ludson Tour- nament on Thursday before hosting Lehman in their home and district opener next Tuesday night. Lehman Baseball Continued from pg. 1 B bracket of the tournament be- fore losing a dose 6-5 decision to LaVernia in the championship game. After trailing 4- 0 for much of the contest, Lehman came storming back in the middle of the fourth inning when Cerda slugged a 2-run blast over the left fidd wall to pull the Lobes to within 4-2. Then, a few batters later, Va- jgert followed with another 2-run shot to tie the score at 4-4. The score held up until the bot- tom of the seventh inning when LaVernia drove home the win- ning run with a sacrifice fly to right field with no outs. Second baseman Xavier Soliz, Hunter Lehman and Jacob Urea were named to the All-Tourna- ment Team for the Lobos who will travel to Dallas for the Jesuit Tournament over the weekend. 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In year's past, Popovich has been known to wait until the Spurs embark on their annual rodeo road trip right before the All-Star break to put the gas pedal down. And that's when the Spurs began to gear up for their post- season run by reefing off 13 or 14 wins in a row. But this season, the Spurs have been unbelievably consis- tent and have been on the top of their game from the outset. Believe it or not, there are still doubters out there who are waiting for the Spurs to fall apart and their age to become a factor. Although those are valid points, they haven't been an issue thus far this season be- cause San Antonio's "big three" of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have been outstanding. Duncan has clearly been picking his spots carefully In order to be fresh for the playoffs. Point guard Tony Parker is healthy and has shown no ill effects of the problems goIng on in his personal life. 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