There is seemingly no place like home for the South Park Burros boys’ basketball team. The Burros, currently 4-4 on the season, have won three of four games at home, while losing three of four games on the road.
That trend continued Jan. 3 and 4, as the Burros easily handled the Antonito Trojans Jan. 3 in the friendly confines of their own gym, 44-28, but lost the next night on the road against the Soroco Rams, 53-41.
The Trojans (3-5), like at least three other opponents this season, did not fare well within the raucous environment of South Park gymnasium. To the Trojans’ credit, however, they hung in well during the first half and actually led 18-13 after two quarters.
As is typical of the Burros at home, they turned the tables on the visitors in the second half by out-scoring them 11-4 in the third quarter, and 20-6 in the fourth.
Leading the way for the Burros was Bobby Wallace with 11 points. Teammates Elias Esparza added eight points, Aaron Susic added seven and Leonardo Banuelos pitched in with six.
Perhaps the most noteworthy individual contribution for the Burros came from Esparza, as the junior corralled 17 rebounds in the contest. Just for good measure Esparza also recorded a pair of steals and a pair of assists to his already impressive body of work.
In the loss to Soroco, the Burros fell behind 24-14 after two quarters. The Rams added to their advantage after halftime, and led 39-21 at the end of the third.
Leading scorers for the Burros were Wallace with 11 points and Esparza with 10. Freshman Silas Newton contributed seven points in the losing effort.
Esparza again set the pace in rebounding for the Burros, with 11.
The Burros will be back in action Jan. 17 at home against Sanford at 1:30 p.m.