The Ballinger Bearcats brought home the Bi-District Championship trophy last week after defeating Tornillo 63-48.

The Ballinger Bearcats brought home the Bi-District Championship trophy last week after defeating Tornillo 63-48.

The game played on Tuesday, was part of the 2017-18 UIL Boys State Basketball Championships - 3A Regions 1 & 3 tournament.

Xavier Nunez was the standout player of the game, scoring a total of 19 points during the game.

Coach Jamaal Anene said the team only got better as the season progressed and that led to the Bi-District Championship title.

When you play as a team anything is possible and I could not be more proud," Anene said. "There is a whole thing about respect, and they have it."

After the win against Tornillo, the Bearcats had a 24-8 record. They put it on the line next when they traveled to Canadian for a non-league battle on Friday, February 23 where they were ultimately defeated.

After defeating Tornillo 63-48 in the Bi-District game Ballinger knew that they would have a much tougher match-up against Canadian.

Against Tornillo Ballinger shot 69 percent from the free throw line and had 14 fouls the Bearcats shot 48 percent on free throws and 23 fouls in a 46-43 loss.

With just seconds remaining in the game, the team missed the opportunity to gain the points needed for the win and suffered an agonizing loss.

"It was a hard defeat to swallow," Anene said. "In the end of the night we tried to rally and ultimately we fell short even though we gave 100 percent."

After leading 8-7 at the end of the first quarter Ballinger got into foul trouble and started sending Canadian to the free throw line with six minutes left in the second quarter. Edgar Nunez got into foul trouble in the second quarter and had to be pulled out. Keynan Gonzales was already out with an injury, leaving Ballinger without a point guard to run the offense, that was all Canadian needed to make an 18-6 run in the second going up 25-20 at the half.

Another run in the third quarter would stretch the Canadian lead 40-28. Ballinger would battle back in the fourth quarter 15-6, but they would fall just short in the end.

Chance Parker led Ballinger in scoring with 19 and despite missing significant time with fouls Edgar Nunez was second in scoring with 10. Chance finished the season with yet another double-double as he pulled in 15 rebounds as well.

Ballinger finished the season 24-9, second place district finish and a Bi-District trophy. Ballinger will return plenty of talent next season. Anene will have seven returning from this year’s varsity squad. On top of these returners there is more talent in the pipeline. Ballinger’s junior varsity squad was 9-1 in district play with one loss to the Wall Hawks on the road and the freshman squad finished the year undefeated at 10-0.

Anene said he is looking forward to next season.

"For next year we the progress will still be good - they know they need to produce next year with all the guys we have coming back," Anene said.