Everyone knows Robert VanKranenburg can score points in droves. Turns out, Ruperto Huerta can, too.
Huerta carried Lingleville through two wins on opening day of May's tournament Friday. The senior point guard poured in 27 points in the Class A Division II No. 3 Cardinals' 65-45 victory over De Leon, then scored 18 in a 75-62 win against 2A Early.
Huerta was 23-28 from the free throw line on the day, hitting all eight attempts against De Leon before going 15-20 against Early.
I can't say enough about the way Ruperto played (Friday) or all year for that matter. He put us on his shoulders and carried us (Friday)," said second-year Lingleville head coach Kade Eckert. "He was smart with the basketball, distributed it well, played against their shooter in our box and one action and did a great job all around. That's why he's an all-region point guard."
Huerta had plenty of help. Bart VanKranenburg scored 12 and Robert VanKranenburg 11 against De Leon. Jayden Stoker and Tim Griffin each netted nine. Colbe Stoker scored four and Rosendo Rodriguez two.
Hendrick Huisman scored a career-best 13 against Early. Griffin netted 10, Jayden Stoker nine, Bart VanKranenburg seven, Robert VanKranenburg six and Colbe Stoker three.
"Hendrick, Ruperto and Jayden, those three guys were huge and that's what you expect from three seniors," Eckert said. "Hendrick had to play out of position at the five spot a lot, and he stepped up and did a good job."
Lingleville took an 11-1 record into the final day of the tournament. The Cards played Trent Saturday evening and May in the late game that night.