Carreon, defense come up big for Bronchos

Ivan Carreon scored a game-high 19 points to lead Odessa High to a 50-49 victory against Midland Legacy in District 2-6A play Tuesday at the OHS Fieldhouse.

Justin Martinez scored the final five points for the Bronchos, hitting two free throws to tie the game (47-47) with 2:51 to play.

Jordan Williams put the Rebels back in front with a layup with 29 seconds remaining to play.

Martinez, who struggled to get going offensively in the first half, then took the ball down the lane, made the basket and the ensuing free throw after being fouled.

That put the Bronchos (19-12 overall, 5-3 in district) in front, 50-49, with 9.7 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Odessa High’s Naledge Jenkins and Jordan Bruner converged on Midland Legacy’s Max Vera down on the baseline, forcing a turnover to seal the victory.

It was the third consecutive one-point victory for the Bronchos.

Vera led the Rebels (3-26, 0-8) with 14 points, including his own three-point play with 4:12 remaining in the game to level the score, 45-45.

The victory moves the Bronchos into a tie for second play in the standings, with two regular-season games remaining.

It was an emotional night for the Odessa High players, coaches and fans as they honored assistant football coach Matt Vinson.

Vinson underwent surgery on Monday to remove a brain tumor and is recovering at Texas Tech University Medical Center ICU in Lubbock.

Panthers drop close one to Tigers

WOLFFORTH Permian’s boys basketball team trailed by double digits entering the fourth quarter, yet almost clawed all the way back before falling, 72-69, against Wolfforth Frenship on Tuesday at the Tiger Pit.

Wolfforth Frenship improved to 26-4 overall, 7-1 in District 2-6A play.

Permian dropped to 16-12, 3-5 and must wins its last two games to have a chance to make the postseason.

The Panthers travel to face rival Odessa High at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the OHS Fieldhouse.

The Bronchos won the first meeting, 50-49.

Postseason bound 

ANDREWS Jaylon Jones and Bubba Hernandez each scored 13 points to lead the Andrews boys basketball team to a 58-44 victory against Fort Stockton in District 3-4A play Tuesday at the Andrews Performance Center.

Ashton Galvan added 12 for the Mustangs (11-17 overall, 5-3 in district) who moved into a tie for third with Monahans and clinched a playoff spot.

Diego Ronquillo scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Panthers (12-17, 1-7).

Costly night for Lady Bronchos

With a chance to finish in a tie for third place in the District 2-6A standings, the Odessa High girls basketball game did all it could for the first 31 minutes.

In the final minute of regulation, however, Midland Legacy tied the game to force overtime and then ran away in the extra period for a 34-28 victory Tuesday at the OHS Fieldhouse.

The victory improved the Lady Rebels to 14-20 overall, 6-4 in district and completed a season sweep of the Lady Bronchos.

Odessa High finished the regular season 19-16, 5-5, and will open the Class 6A playoffs on Monday in El Paso.

Natalie Magallanes scored a game-high 12 points for Midland Legacy, with Jazmyn Johnson finishing with 11.

Deoshanay Henderson led Odessa High with seven points, but fouled out with 4:58 remaining to play.

The Lady Bronchos also finished without both point guards as Donajah Watkins was injured on a hard fall in the first half and then Kiarra Maxwell seemed to roll an ankle in the second half as the Lady Rebels were climbing back into the game.