The LBJ Jaguars had hoped to end their season inside the Erwin Center. John Azzinaro and George King made sure that the Jaguars were finished off inside Canyon High’s gymnasium.
LBJ was unable to find an answer for Azzinaro and King in a 76-55 loss to San Antonio Brennan on Tuesday night. The defeat in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals ended the season for LBJ, which has not advanced past the third round of the playoffs since 2009.
“They’re disappointed, they’re always going to be disappointed,” LBJ coach Freddie Roland said, “but I’m proud of those kids. They had a great year. Anybody would take a (32-4) season. I know we would have liked to go all the way but we didn’t. I’m not going to complain about that one.”
Ranked No. 1 in Class 4A at the close of the regular season by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Brennan had its hands full in the first quarter against LBJ, the state’s sixth-ranked team. During the first eight minutes, the game featured three ties and four lead changes.
Thanks to 12 points from King, a 6-foot-5-inch senior, Brennan exited the quarter with a 18-15 lead.
King scored four points in the second quarter, when Azzinaro, a senior point guard, took charge. Aided by a trio of three-pointers, Azzinaro scored 15 points in the quarter and also handed out two assists.
Behind the efforts of King and Azzinaro, San Antonio Brennan took a 43-30 lead into halftime.
“It was a big thing because I knew that this game was expected to be a close one because they’re a really good team,” Azzinaro said. “We tried to get an upper-edge and tried to get some intensity that would take us into halftime so we could finish off the game strong.”
Azzinaro ended up with 31 points while King scored 22. Brennan, a third-year varsity program, improved its season record to 37-2.
LBJ was unable to put together much of a threat in the second half, and the Jagurs’ top two scorers in the game — senior Ethan Gilbert and junior Jahlil Tutein — both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Gilbert led the Jaguars with 16 points while Tutein added 13.
Georgetown 41, Nederland 35: Georgetown rallied from a halftime deficit to advance to the Class 4A, Region III tournament, which begins Friday at the Merrell Center in Katy. The Eagles (29-8) will face Brazosport or Pearland Dawson.
Jean-Luc Parker led Georgetown with 11 points while teammate D’Andre Day added 10.
Jarrell 67, Franklin 61: Morgan Cooper scored 22 points as Jarrell advanced to the regional semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs. James Klepac and Landon Ledbetter combined for 33 points for the Cougars (31-3), who will face Tatum or Crockett on Friday at Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches.