Thorn­dale gets a sec­ond chance

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com Thorn­dale

— Ruben Bri­ones de­clined to say that his bas­ket­ball team will be re­turn­ing to the scene of the crime.

A se­nior shoot­ing guard for Thorn­dale, Bri­ones said the Bull­dogs don’t carry a grudge on the eve of their sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance at the UIL state tour­na­ment. On Fri­day at the Alam­od­ome in San An­to­nio, Thorn­dale (27-9) faces Claren­don (30-2) in a Class 2A boys semi­fi­nal.

“Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son, so I’m not go­ing to say we de­served to win that game last year,” Bri­ones said diplo­mat­i­cally Wed­nes­day af­ter a team prac­tice.

Bri­ones was ref­erering to the fi­nal sec­onds of the Bull­dogs’ 47-46 loss to Cana­dian last March in a Class 2A semi­fi­nal. Video ap­peared to in­di­cate that the Bull­dogs’ Americo Vazquez and Bradley Be­tak were fouled on shots that could have given Thorn­dale the lead — and per­haps the vic­tory.

In­stead of sulk­ing dur­ing the 125-mile bus ride home last year, Thorn­dale’s play­ers took a dif­fer­ent spin.

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