It was a milestone week for Del Rio Queens head coach Chris Jost.
In a seven-day span, the Queens basketball team (9-10) played in the Border Olympics basketball tournament, hosted San Antonio Madison and then hosted a travel team from Australia.
Along the way, Jost picked up his 400th career victory as a basketball coach.
The actual 400th win came against Laredo Alexander, a 48-29 victory during the Border Olympics. In that win, Parker Alsup had 14 points and seven rebounds, Jaz Allen had 10 points, Naty Manrique dropped in six points and had six rebounds, Sydney Ballard had five points and 10 rebounds, and Renee Villarreal had five points.
Jost, the son of former Queens head coach Jim Jost, was hired as the Queens head coach in May 2017.
The younger Jost came to Del Rio after spending the two seasons as the head girls basketball coach at Goliad, a Class 3A school near San Antonio. In two years he guided the Tigerettes to a 61-14 record, two playoff berths and an appearance in the state semifinals where they bowed out to eventual state champion Canadian. It was the first appearance in the girls’ state tournament for Goliad in the school’s history.
He arrived in Del Rio with a career record of 378-241 in 19 seasons.
Del Rio’s first game at the Border Olympics was a 54-26 loss to Corpus Christi Carroll. Ballard had 10 points and three steals while Manrique contributed eight points and five rebounds in the loss.
It didn’t get any easier for Del Rio on day two as the Queens took on powerhouses Los Fresnos and Converse Judson. Del Rio lost to Los Fresnos, 57-40, and fell to Judson, 85-16.
Against Los Fresnos, Allen had 16 points, Alsup had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Villarreal had six points, and Manrique notched five points and five rebounds.
Del Rio did close out the tournament on a positive note, taking down Laredo Cigarroa, 47-22. Allen had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals. Alsup also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ballard finished with seven points and four rebounds, Manrique had six points and three steals, and Nat Gonzalez was a defensive standout with six steals.
Tuesday’s game against Madison was close early. Del Rio had a 10-8 lead after the first quarter and trailed only 21-18 at halftime. The score was 27-25 in favor of Madison after three quarters, but the Lady Mavericks blew the game open in the fourth quarter when they outscored Del Rio, 20-7, to pull away with a 47-32 win.
Manrique had 10 points and Alsup and Allen each had six points, and Ballard finished with five points for the Queens.
Friday the Queens wrapped up the busy week with a game against Australia Horizons. Jost said the squad was touring Texas in December and perfectly filled an open date that Queens had.
After the game, a 62-40 win by the Queens, the two teams sat down for dinner together.
“Two years ago, we hosted an Australian team at our tournament in Goliad. Their players actually stayed in our homes for three nights. My family hosted 2 personally. It was a lot of fun,” Jost said.
Allen missed the game with a knee injury, so Alsup took over duties at point guard. She finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three assists. Ballard had 12 points, Laila Betancourt dropped in nine points and had nine rebounds, Manrique had eight points, Eliana Rodriguez and Villarreal each had six points, and Ariana Martinez had five assists.
Del Rio will be off Tuesday but crank it up again on Friday as they kickoff district play with a home game against the Laredo United Lady Longhorns. Sub-varsity plays at 5 p.m. while varsity takes the court at 6:30 p.m. at the Carl P. Guys Memorial Gymnasium.