El Paso, Texas – As expected, Friday’s 1-5A showdown between state-ranked Burges and Andress went down to the wire, and the city’s best basketball player in history continued to build on his legendary career with a game winner at the buzzer.
The 6’5 senior nearly lost the ball at mid-court with eight second left, but regained his poise, veered his way right through virtually the entire Andress defense, and hit a 12-foot floater at the buzzer as time expired to help Burges slip past Andress 52-50 to secure the outright 1-5A title.
Andress had two score in double figures, and set the tempo on both ends, playing physical defense and executed in the open floor, but Newton took over in the second half and was too much to overcome as the senior usually does.
Neither team would get a lead larger than six in this game, and Andress led 23-22 at the half while Newton sat the final five minutes of the second quarter after picking up three early fouls.
Although Newton scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half and lifted his team to a big win over a district rival who deserved to be ranked along with the state’s best.
The lead changed hands several times in the fourth quarter as the teams traded buckets in certain stretches, but in the end, El Paso’s golden standard of high school hoops gave fans one more memory.
Burges improves to 28-4 overall, while Andress drops to 22-8 overall on the season.