Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 4, 1993 Page: 4 of 10
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RIO GRANDE HERALD • Thursday, February 4, 1993, Page 4
Roma Gladiators achieve
two crucial district wins
Roma Head Coach Octavio Cantu
commented, "Our kids did an
excellent job. We did a good job of
getting the ball to our big men
inside. Leo Mireles and Onesimo
Garcia did a good job inside, both
offensively and defensively."
Cantu added, "Our guards did a
good job of handling Sharyland's
pressure and handling the
basketball. We stayed with our
game plan and it worked well."
The Gladiators hit 49 percent of
their shots from the field and Jerry
Rosa sank both of Roma's two
baskets from three-point range.
Sharyland also hit two baskets
from three-point range, with R.
Wagner and Mike Brann hitting one
The Gladiators converted 11 of 21
chances from the free throw line,
compared to 10 of 16 for Sharyland.
Leo Mireles was Roma's leading
The Roma Gladiators continued
their winning ways in District 30-
4A play last week with a thrilling
comeback victory over Mercedes
and a comfortable win over
The Gladiators achieved a solid
65-52 victory over the Sharyland
Rattlers in a district battle in Roma
Tuesday night, Jan. 26.
The Gladiators led 23-13 after the
first quarter, 36-25 at halftime and
53-40 after three quarters.
Roma's biggest lead was a
15-point advantage in the fourth
quarter. In the second half,
Sharyland could come no closer
than 10 points.
scorer with 24 points, and Onesimo
Garcia and Jerry Rosa also reached
double figures with 10 points
apiece. The rest of Roma's scoring
went as follows: Juan Carlos
Gutierrez, 7; Juan Carlos Munoz,
6; Heron Perez, 4; Simon Garza, 4.
J. Haggerty was the only
Sharyland player to reach double
figures with 12 points.
Leo Mireles hauled down 10
rebounds, and Jerry Rosa and
Onesimo Garcia added six and four
Jerry Rosa provided eight assists,
and Onesimo Garcia added four
more assists. Jerry Rosa and Heron
Perez each achieved two steals.
On Friday night, the Gladiators
won a crucial 45-44 decision over
the Mercedes Tigers on the road.
The Tigers led 14-13 at the end of
the first quarter, and the two teams
were deadlocked at 24-24 at
halftime. Roma held a slender
35-32 advantage at the end of the
The Gladiators, trailing by five
points with a minute remaining,
achieved a dramatic comeback
victory as Heron Perez scored on a
layup with 11 seconds remaining.
Cantu stressed, "I was very
pleased that our team came from
behind. Mercedes is a tough place
to win. 1 think this comeback will
help us in later district games."
Cantu noted that in the final
minute, "Mercedes started stalling,
but we played good defense and
forced them into a crucial
back-court violation. We missed a
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shot, but Onesimo Garcia got the
offensive rebound, went up for the
basket, was fouled and made the free
The Gladiators, indicated Cantu,
then "put excellent pressure on the
inbounds pass. At that point, we
trapped one of their players in the
comer and forced him to step on the
line." At this juncture, the
Gladiators trailed 44-43 with 26
Cantu said, "We called time out
and set up a play geared to our
inside people, but Mercedes
double-teamed Leo Mireles. Heron
Perez saw an opening, drove toward
the basket and hit a layup with 11
The coach rejoiced, "Our team
played very good defense in the last
11 seconds. They (Mercedes)
couldn't even get off a shot as time
Cantu noted, "We played a very
slow type of game. We didn't play
very well, but we managed to stay
with them. Mercedes is very quick,
especially their guards."
The Gladiators hit 41 percent of
their shots from the floor, and Jerry
Rosa sank all three of Roma's
The Tigers drilled two baskets
from three-point range, with Benny
Gonzalez and Frank Salinas hitting
The Gladiators sank 6 of 11 free
throw opportunities, while the
Tigers were 4 of 7 from the charity
Jerry Rosa was Roma's leading
scorer with 15 points, and Simon
Garza also reached double figures
with 10 points. The rest of Roma's
scoring went as follows: Onesimo
Garcia, 7; Heron Perez, 6; Leo
Mireles, 5; Juan Carlos Munoz, 2.
Benny Gonzalez and Frank
Salinas were the leading Tiger
scorers with 13 and 12 points,
Leo Mireles hauled down 10
rebounds for Roma, and Onesimo
Garcia and Simon Garza added seven
and five boards, respectively.
Jerry Rosa and Onesimo Garcia
each provided four assists, and Jerry
Rosa and Heron Perez achieved five
and three steals.
There is currently a three-way tie
for first place in the District 30-4A
standings as Roma, Raymondville
and Edcouch-Elsa currently own 4-1
records. Mercedes has a 2-3 district
The Gladiators, now 4-1 in
district play and 19-8 for the
season, were scheduled to host the
Raymondville Bearkats in a very
crucial district game on Tuesday
night, Feb. 2. On Friday night,
Feb. 5, the Gladiators will face the
Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets on the
road in another pivotal contest. On
Tuesday night, Feb. 9, the
Gladiators will travel to Los
Fresnos to face the Falcons.
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Rattler Rosbel Solis, no. 23, is pictured above launching a jump shot against the
Edinburg North Cougars in Saturday night's game in Edinburg. The Cougars
achieved a 56-51 triumph by overcoming a 14-point deficit at the start of the fourth
quarter. (RGCCISD Photo).
Rattlers defeated by
Memorial, Edinburg North
The Rio Grande City Rattlers
were defeated in their two District
31-5A basketball games this past
week, with the Rattlers victimized
Saturday night by the fourth quarter
comeback of the Edinburg North
Cougars in Edinburg.
The Rattlers were defeated at
home 75-47 by a powerful McAllen
Memorial team that remained
undefeated in district play.
The Mustangs led 12-11 after the
first quarter, 36-22 at halftime and
56-28 after three quarters.
Rattler Head Coach John Brown
commented, "We didn't box out for
most of the game, and they
(Memorial) had plenty of chances
for second shots, most of which
Brown added, "Wc turned the ball
over too much in the second and
third quarters. We didn't shoot very
The coach noted, "Wc played
good defense and blockcd out well
in the first quarter. We set up for
good shots and hit most of them.
After the first quarter, we forced
some shots. They (Memorial) got
hot with their shooting after the
Brown emphasized that "Rosbel
Solis played excellent defense,
holding the district's leading scorer,
Bryan Molina, scoreless in the first
quarter. He (Solis) got in foul
trouble in the second quarter, and
Molina hit three three-pointers in
the second quarter, two in the third
period and two in the fourth
Brown concluded, "The kids
played hard. We just had some
costly mental mistakes. We gave a
good effort; we just didn't play four
The Rattlers hit 28 percent of
their shots from two-point range
and sank 4 of 17 three-point
attempts. Mike Margo and Matthew
Miller each drilled two
three-pointers for Rio.
The Mustangs sank eight baskets
from three-point range, with Bryan
Molina hitting seven and Danny
The Rattlers converted 14 of 22
free throw attempts, compared to 7
of 12 for the Mustangs.
Guy Peterson was Rio's leading
scorer with 15 points, and Mike
Margo and Matthew Miller also
reached double figures with 11 and
10 points, respectively. Cclso
Garza poured in 9 points and
Rosbel Solis rounded out the
scoring with 2 points.
Bryan Molina and Robert
Christian paced the Mustangs with
24 and 21 points. John Keller also
achieved double figures with 13
Celso Garza hauled down 14
rebounds for the Rattlers, and Guy
Peterson chipped in with seven
Mike Margo provided five
assists, and Matthew Miller and
Guy Peterson added three and two
assists. Rosbel Solis contributed
On Saturday night, the Rattlers
lost a 56-51 decision on the road to
the Edinburg North Cougars.
The Rattlers led 9-7 after the first
quarter but trailed 24-20 at halftime.
The Rattlers outscorcd the Cougars
25-7 in the third period to take a
45-31 lead going into the final
Coach Brown commented, "We
started the first half real slow. Wc
upped the tempo in the third quarter
and we beat their half-court press
for nine layups in that quarter
Brown emphasized, "We played
pretty good defense in the third
quarter. We played well both
offensively and defensively in the
About the Cougars' fourth quarter
comeback, Brown said, "In the
fourth quarter, we threw the ball
away and forced some shots. Wc
didn't box out on defense and the
defensive coverage wasn't very
The coach added, "North shot the
ball very well in the fourth quarter,
hitting two three-pointers." The
Cougars converted 7 of 8 free throw
attempts in the final period, and
Marco Salinas scored 10 of his 12
points in that quarter.
The Cougar advantage swelled to
as much as nine points in the
fourth quarter. The Rattlers cut the
deficit to four points as Mike
Margo and Guy Peterson each sank
a three-pointer late in the game.
The Rattlers' biggest lead was
their 14-point advantage going into
the fourth quarter.
The Rattlers hit 39 percent of
their shots from two-point range
and sank 6 of 15 three-point
attempts. Mike Margo and Guy
Peterson each drilled two
three-pointers, and Matthew Miller
and Rosbel Solis hit one each.
The Cougars sank five
three-pointers, all by Max Castillo.
The Rattlers converted 1 of 2 free
throw attempts, compared to 7 of
10 for the Cougars.
Guy Peterson was by far Rio's
leading scorer with 27 points.
Rosbel Solis poured in 7 points,
and Celso Garza and Mike Margo
each scored 6 points. Matthew
Miller rounded out the scoring with
Max Castillo, who sank five
three-pointers, was the Cougars'
leading scorer with 19 points.
Marco Salinas and Edgar Anzaldua
also reached double figures with 12
Celso Garza and Guy Peterson
hauled down 14 and 9 rebounds,
Mike Margo, Matthew Miller and
Ramiro Lopez contributed five, four
and three assists. Rosbel Solis and
Roumaldo Pena achieved three and
The Rattlers will host the PSJA
North Raiders on Thursday night,
Feb. 4 in another district contest.
The Rattlers will facc the La Joya
Coyotes on the road on Saturday
night, Feb. 6.
Elias Vasquez, a Ringgold Elementary student, told
the audience at the Rio Grande City High School
Football Awards Banquet on Jan. 22 about his dream of
being a Rattler varsity football player.
Youngster dreams of
A very special message was
given at the annual Rio Grande
City High School Football Awards
Banquet by a future Rattler, Elias
Vasquez, student at Ringgold
Vasquez stated, "Good evening,
Rattler fans and athletes. I feel very
honored to be here to express my
vision of being a future Rattler.
Even though I have idols like
Joe Montana and Emmit Smith,
my favorites are the Rattler players.
Some of my favorites are Bachi
Accvedo, Carlos Vela, Noc
Gonzalez, Lupito Garza, and Alex
I like the running backs, but I
also know that there arc other
important team members, such as
center, guards, tackles, and receivers
that are very crucial to the success
of a good back.
As a future Rattler, there arc
some things that I feci I must be
ready for: 1. I must learn to be
loyal to my school, my team, and
my family. 2. I must learn to be a
good student--acadcmics and
athletics go together. 3. I must
learn to be a good sportsman--fight
to win and learn from losing -1
repeat, learn from losing-not leant
to lose. 4. I must learn to be a
good role model--! want fifth
graders in the year 2(XH) to look up
to me as I look up to you guys.
(See RATTLER, Page 7)
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