BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Gerry Martinez has led the pack on either side of the ground for St. Joseph boys basketball all yr, incomes him Athlete of the Week honors.
The senior averaged 26.7 factors, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per sport for the Bloodhounds. St. Joseph completed 2nd in TAPPS 5A-District 4, going 9-3.
The Bloodhounds have been undersized in comparison with their opponents, however their hustle and coronary heart is one thing no staff can take away.
“We have now the largest coronary heart,” mentioned Sammy Lucio, St. Joseph Boys Head Coach. “They’re going to present it every thing they’ve obtained, and on the finish of the day, I’ll be a cheerful coach it doesn’t matter what occurs.”
St. Joseph completed the common season 21-7 general.
Martinez’s scoring an enormous catalyst to the Bloodhounds’ success, however Martinez made certain to enhance all facets of his sport. One being his defensive effort.
“It was bizarre as a result of I used to get made enjoyable of for not taking part in protection by my mother and father,” mentioned Gerry Martinez, senior guard. “They might name me the airplane as a result of they’d suppose I’d be flying round, however I do know now that if you happen to play protection, you’re going to win the sport.”
Management has been one other side of Martinez’s sport that has grown throughout his senior yr. St. Joseph misplaced 4 seniors from final season’s squad.
Nonetheless, Martinez is one in every of 5 seniors on the staff. Previous to arriving at St. Joseph, Martinez embraced an analogous position at Los Fresnos as a sophomore.
Like all guards, Martinez takes management as soon as he steps onto the ground.
“Within the huddles, he’s been one other coach,” mentioned Lucio. “On the court docket, he’s very vocal with the blokes, attempting to encourage them, speaking about what’s happening on the court docket, what they should repair.”
Athletes are identified to be superstitious previous to their video games. Martinez matches that mould.
He mentioned sneakers and what he eats earlier than the sport are his two greatest superstitions.
One factor Martinez has by no means been frightened about on gameday: his staff’s bond.
“Our chemistry this yr is tremendous good,” mentioned Martinez. “That’s what makes us actually good, I really feel like. Despite the fact that we’re undersized, we all know how you can play with one another.”
The Bloodhounds completed 21-8 after a first-round loss to Second Baptist (Houston).