Updated: Nov 7
Basketball season is finally here! After a summer we never thought would end it is time for Winter sports! On Wednesday, November 4th, the Varsity Boy’s Basketball schedule was officially announced.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this schedule has taken longer than usual to complete and is subject to some pretty intense changes as the season goes forward. We will also not be participating in any tournaments this year because of Official State orders. These two things have created a shorter schedule than normal for our Warriors, who played 32 games last year, but are currently scheduled to play 26 games or less this season.
First, let’s have a little recap on last season:
Our Warriors started the season with 4 straight wins, 3 of which were convincing against Jesus Chapel, Dell City, and Radford, with a nail-biting finish win coming against Van Horn. After defeating them in a scrimmage at the beginning of the season, a shocking loss to Fort Hancock (63-49) in the Immanuel Invitational put the Warriors on the ropes. They would come back to finish with 3rd Place in the Immanuel Invitational after defeating El Paso Christian Homeschool.
The Van Horn Invitational Tournament loaded up our schedule with a total of 5 games in three days. After flying by Ft. Stockton’s Freshman squad, the Warriors suffered a close defeat at the hands of Tornillo in the second round of the tournament. The Warriors would go on to win the Consolation Championship, beating Marfa, Sierra Blanca, and Fort Hancock (avenging their loss in the Immanuel Invitational by a resounding 60-35 score) on the way to that title.
Our Warriors opened up the Star-Studded Coyote Classic in Tornillo with wins against Anthony and Van Horn. Willie Cager, an integral member of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Champion Texas Western team was on hand for our matchup against Van Horn, while Miss Mexico, Ashley Alvidrez, was floating around the Tournament. Our Warriors’ time at the Coyote Classic would end with two straight losses. The first to Bachilleres (Mexico) and the second to Academia Juarez (Juarez, Mexico).
The Warriors would conclude the 2019 portion of their season with an overall record of 13-4.
Things began to look up for the Warriors come 2020. They opened the second half of their season with a tune-up game against Jesus Chapel, before going on to begin District Play. They started District play with two resounding wins over Burton Adventist Academy (in the 2018-19 season the Warriors had split their games against BAA) putting them in a solid position at 2-0 in District. The following weekend our Warriors traveled to Westlake, TX, to play Westlake Academy. The Warriors would play 2 close games against Westlake and would come back to El Paso with 1 overtime win and 1 six-point loss.
Games against Radford and Father Yermo would help prepare the Warriors for when the, best team in the city and arguably all of West Texas, Clint Lions would visit Dave Frazier Memorial Gym on January 24th. The Warriors would quickly find out why the Lions were the best in the city, and would suffer a 61-31 defeat, despite only being down by 11 at halftime.
Our Warriors would handily defeat El Paso Christian Homeschool to celebrate senior night on January 30th.
The Warriors would find their last two District games in visits from Newman International Academy of Arlington, a high scoring, strong team, centered around a dangerous college-prospect. Regardless, the Warriors found a way to squeeze out a 3 point victory on night one, but suffered a 25 point loss on night two.
Our Warriors would end up facing Christian Life Prep in Midland, TX, for the 1st Round of the TCAF Division 1 State Tournament. In spite of being a neck-and-neck game all night, and the opportunity to take the game-winning shot, the Warriors’ season would come to an end with a razor thin 61-59 defeat at the hands of CLPS.
On the bright side, the Warriors would find their first 20 win season in 6 years last year.
Now onto this year:
The 2020-21 season brings fewer games, but many new teams the Warriors’ way.
The Warriors will face Jesus Chapel in their season opener, then go on to play a mix of Tornillo, Fort Hancock, Van Horn, and Sierra Blanca throughout the rest of November and beginning of December.
The first new addition will be an away game against Fabens slated for the 11th of December. In the middle of December we will see a rematch of last years Warrior’s victory over Anthony. December will end with another games against a new team in Mountain View High School.
The Warriors will open up January against Jesus Chapel, Van Horn, and a home game against Anthony.
District play begins in the middle of January, with a trip to Arlington, TX, to face Burton Adventist Academy twice.
On January 19th, our Warriors will play Cathedral High School for the first time in 11 years at Cathedral.
January will end with 2 back-to-back weekends of District play. The first will be an away game against Newman International Academy of Cedar Hill, and the second against High Point Academy (location TBD). The Warriors will face El Paso Christian Homeschool during the week between these 4 District games.
Westlake Academy will travel to El Paso in the beginning of February, to conclude District play, and our Warriors will complete the regular season with another home game against EPCHS.
To view the complete schedule on our website click here: https://www.icwarriornation.com/vbb-schedule
To view the complete schedule on MaxPreps click here: https: https://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/immanuel-christian-warriors-(el-paso,tx)/basketball/schedule.htm