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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:52 pm

A pretty successful basketball season continues to get even better for the Edinburg Vela Sabercats.

The Sabercats pulled away from a feisty Brownsville Hanna squad during the fourth quarter to capture a 65-58 Class 6A bi-district victory Tuesday night at the Golden Eagles’ gym.

District 31-6A co-champion Vela (26-10) moves on to the area round of the playoffs later this week to face McAllen Rowe or Laredo United South.

"Our perseverance is what stood out to me in this game," Vela coach Lucio Rodriguez said. "Our guys never gave up. It started with the technical (awarded to Hanna before the game started to make it 2-0). We battled some adversity, and the guys' resilience showed. They wanted this game.

"This win is great for our players," Rodriguez added. "We do this so we can see them celebrate. Just seeing them celebrate brings a joy to the team. We're trying to give our seniors the best season that we can. It's all about them. We're trying to give them a memorable season to look back upon in the future as one of their best."

Hanna, the District 32-6A co-runner-up, ends its season at 18-14.

“I think we played excellent basketball,” Hanna coach Fermin Lucio said of his team’s effort against the Sabercats. “I can’t ask anything more of a team. We scored probably the most points we’ve scored all year long, and the boys executed to perfection."

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