San Angelo Central rolls, Lake View struggles on Day 1 of McCutchen Tournament

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San Angelo Central High School’s Branden Campbell goes up for a dunk during a game against El Paso Ysleta at the Doug McCutchen Memorial Basketball Tournament at Babe Didrikson Gym on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

Dominic Ruiz, Branden Campbell and Raven Ortiz combined for 42 points Thursday as the San Angelo Central Bobcats won a 92-42 blowout against El Paso Ysleta in a first-round game at the Doug Basketball Tournament. McCutchen Memorial at Babe Didrikson Gymnasium.

The Bobcats (6-1) will face Fort Worth Boswell in the quarterfinals Friday noon. If Central wins that one, the Bobcats will advance to the semifinals at 7:30 p.m.

Boswell, coached by former Wall head coach Brian Blackburn, started with a 51-43 decision over Canyon Randall.

Ruiz has 18 points for Central, and Campbell and Ortiz have 13 and 11 respectively.

“We started fast and we just haven’t looked back,” Central head coach CJ Villegas said. “We kind of said to the guys, ‘Kindly set the tone with what you want to do with this thing.

“Thanks to our seniors and our lads for doing this. We scored pretty well. We got the ball to Chace Fields and Kollin Allbright early. Dominic Ruiz came on the bench and scored 18 points and did very well shot the ball for us.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s quarter-final match against Boswell, Villegas has a good idea of ​​what to expect from Blackburn’s squad.

San Angelo Lake View High School's Devyn Paz prepares to shoot during a game against San Angelo TLCA during the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

San Angelo Lake View High School’s Devyn Paz prepares to shoot during a game against San Angelo TLCA during the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

“His teams, since I’ve known him, always play hard and they’re always competitive,” the Central coach said. “They also have two big kids, who are super gifted. We’re excited about this game to see our guys go a little bit with this game.

“I know they’ll be well trained and play good team basketball. It should be fun.”

On the north side of town on Thursday, San Angelo TLCA outshot Lake View 77-49 at Ben Norton Gym.

Jaidden Villanueva (19), Ivan Oviedo (16) and Luis Casillas (15) scored in double figures for TLCA.

San Angelo's Lake View High School's Carlos Robledo, right, battles to retain possession of the ball as San Angelo TLCA's Ivan Oviedo shields him during the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, Dec. 2 .  , 2021.

San Angelo Lake View High School’s Carlos Robledo, right, battles to retain possession of the ball as San Angelo TLCA’s Ivan Oviedo guards it during the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

Lake View was led by Juan Perez (15) and Tony Cabrera (12).

The Eagles avenged a loss to the Chiefs (5-1) earlier in the season and handed them their first loss of the year.

“It was almost like a two-team story, the first time we played them and the second time we played them,” Lake View head coach Courtney Bliskey said. “We were both different. They were better and I told the boys they would be better. We played them pretty well the first time but coach (Kent) Sherrill had these guys ready to go.

“Their pressure bothered us and we didn’t handle it very well, like we did last time and like we are able to. The big problems kind of bit us in the butt early and messed up our rotations “We just weren’t in sync or on pace throughout the game and TLCA played really well. It’s hard to beat the same team twice.”

Lake View High School boys' basketball coach Courtney Bliskey shouts instructions during a game against San Angelo TLCA at the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

Lake View High School boys’ basketball coach Courtney Bliskey shouts instructions during a game against San Angelo TLCA at the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament at Ben Norton Gym on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

TLCA will meet Dallas Carter in the quarterfinals Friday noon.

Lake View’s next game will be a consolation quarterfinal against El Paso Parkland at 9 a.m. Friday.

“Their height is going to give us some issues, but I think if we have our legs under us, we’ll be fine and we can compete and have a chance,” Bliskey said.

The tournament championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Ben Norton Gymnasium in Lake View. The consolation championship will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Didkrikson.

A total of 16 teams are competing this time around, a year after the tournament was canceled due to COVID.

Charles Bryce is a journalist who covers sports in West Texas. Send him a topical tip at [email protected] Consider Supporting West Texas Journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.

This article originally appeared on the San Angelo Standard-Times: San Angelo Central rolls, Lake View struggles on Day 1 of McCutchen Tournament

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