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Deer stun La Porte on the road 58-51

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Darian Banks (53) blocks a shot from La Porte's Cedric Jones (34) during Deer Park's 58-51 victory overal arch rival La Porte. Photo by Deer Park Photos.After Deer Park's 55-35 non-district tournament loss to La Porte before the new year, basketball head coach Louie Means hinted his team did not play its full hand in that game. The Bulldogs "Big 3," Randy Collins, Cedric Jones and Drew Parker combined for 44 points on that night.

"We got a good look at them and they got a good look at us," Means said after that game. "But, we didn't show them everything."
Friday night, the Deer showed they had an ace up their sleeve as they limited the damage from the three-man wrecking crew en route to a 58-51 win district win in La Porte.
"We had something planned against them, but we didn't want to play it in non-district," Means said of the finals of the Alvin Lions Club Tournament. "We decided it would be best to wait and use it when it really counts. Tonight, we got them out of rhythm."

Big 2nd half puts Lady Deer ahead of La Porte, 54-33

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Rivalry games often have the combustible elements of emotion and physicality that spark a tremendous game-time atmosphere. Fortunately for the Lady Deer basketball team, it was shooting and defense that caught fire as defeated La Porte, 54-33 at Watkins Gymnasium.

The Lady Deer (7-9, 5-0) led 20-19 at the halftime break, but then outscored the Lady Dawgs 34-14 in the second half. The Deer were led by sophomore post Tabitha Hawthorne, who had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Ashley De La Garza had 14 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Karlie Sweeney came off the bench for nine points and 11 rebounds.

Deer stop Trojans in district opener

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

The Deer Park basketball team continued its winning ways, opening the District 22-5A schedule with a 67-53 victory over South Houston. Led by a pair of 20-point scorers, the Deer rode a 58 percent shooting night in the friendly confines of Watkins Gymnasium.

Winners of six of its last seven games, the Deer are 11-9, 1-0. Deer Park was led by post Darian Banks, who had a huge night, scoring 25 points (on 12-for-17 shooting), 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Banks could have had an eighth blocked shot, but game officials cited him for goaltending.
Head coach Louie Means said the seven blocks were the most he had seen in a Deer Park game, but stopped short of calling Banks' performance a team record.

Lady Deer come from behind to remain perfect in district

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

The Lady Deer basketball team picked up right where it left off in 2009 with a 39-35 victory at Pasadena Memorial.

The Lady Deer (5-9, 3-0) overcame a 28-21 deficit at the end of the third period to extend its winning streak to three games, all in district.
Sophomore post Tabitha Hawthorne scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth period to pace the Lady Deer and spur the fourth-period comeback.

Deer Park plays at South Houston tomorrow evening before returning home on Friday to face La Porte.

Deer 10-9 after huge week in Alvin

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

After taking second place in the Alvin Lions Club Tournament, the Deer turn their attention to District 22-5A games. Photo provided by Deer Park Photos.At the beginning of the basketball season, Deer head coach Louie Means was concerned about the cohesiveness of his team and production from his guards.

But after taking second place and having guards Daniel Gallegos and Jacob Munoz earning tournament in this week's Alvin Lion's Club Tournament, those concerns seemed to have gone away. Both Gallegos averaged almost 16 points a game while Munoz averaged 11 points and five assists over the five games in the tournament. 
"They got some experience on the court in some game minutes and they've stepped up," Means said. "As a team, we've done things to make us successful in our chemistry and camaraderie as a team."
The Deer opened play with a 74-56 win over Sharptown, highlighted by Gallegos and Munoz scoring 20 and 19 points respectively. Joseph Nedbalek added 14 points while Darian Banks had 12. Although the win was decisive, it had an ominous start. Early on the Deer lost Thomas Walkup for the entire tournament with a sprained wrist.

Deer blow out Rangers 91-49

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Jacob Munoz's 4-of-5 shooting game was part of a Deer barrage that led to 91 points on 56 percent shooting. Photo by Sally Hoffman.For the first two minutes of Monday's game, it looked like it was going to be one of those days for the Deer. No shot would fall, no matter how good the attempt. After the Deer took the lid off the bucket, it turned out it was going to be one of those days for Baytown Sterling as Deer Park scored a 91-49 blowout.

Every player on the court for the Deer scored, including six players in double-digits. Joseph Nedbalek and Thomas Walkup each had 17 points. Jacob Munoz added 12 points. Chase Hallene had 11 points while Daniel Gallegos and Darian Banks chipped in 10 points apiece.