East Vs. West Basketball Previews & STJ Boys Win Again

Titan Boys, & Girls Host Saturday

The first VISD basketball showdowns of the season come Saturday afternoon at East.
The West girls, now 6-1 in district after winning by 57 points at home Wednesday afternoon against Moody. Head coach Sandra Jimenez tells me she feels good about her team, and definitely respects the East girls.

“I’m always impressed with East and always feel they play a good game. They have a very good team this year. They’re very well-coached.”

East girls basketball, tied for second in district at 6-1. They are coming off a six-point win in Corpus Christi Wednesday night against King. Head coach Yulonda Wimbish-North, telling me how much progress she’s seeing from her team up to now.

“Actually I’m very pleased. We talked about where we needed to be in the first part of district and the kids were able to execute that. I told them we need to win these next games, be at 6-1 when we play West. The kids were able to pull it off.”

Then it’s the boys turn to hoop it up. The East boys are 1-4 in district. The Titans, coming off a four-point loss at King Wednesday. New head coach John Howie told me his team played well in the loss. I asked him how much improvement he’s seeing in his team at this stage.

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of improvement, Don. Comparing where we were back in mid-November to where we are now, we’re a completely different ballclub. It’s a combination of the kids being more comfortable with the system, they’re playing a little more confident.”

The West boys are 0-5 in district. The Warriors, losing a heartbreaker at home Wednesday, by two in overtime to Moody. Head coach Pat Erskine tells me where he sees progress with his team.

“Every game we see something different. That’s what we talk to them about. We look for something new and different. We’re still making some of the same mistakes and those are the things we’re working on now.”

East hosting West in boys and girls basketball Saturday afternoon. Ladies first at 2:15.

Fifth-ranked St. Joe boys basketball, now 20-0 after winning at San Antonio KIPP Academy Friday afternoon, 73-56. D’Ary Patton leads the Flyers with 15 points, 14 for Ed Clay, 13 apiece for Quincy Johnson and KeAon Griffin.