ORANGEFIELD, Texas — Tuesday night Orangefield needed to defend their home court against Kountze to keep within striking distance of first place in 22-3A. The Bobcats did just that with Pete Ragusa pacing Orangefield with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Coach Jake McDonald praised his senior point guard.
"first off he's super gifted. But then second off, everything that you see, all the shots, all the assists, all the steals. All that stuff happens over and over and over on his own time. This dude spends as much time in the gym as any young man I've ever been around and we're so lucky to have him and it's a pleasure to get to coach him every day."
Ragusa says he's just wants to whatever he can to help his team.
"I just try to lead the team. Help everybody out that I can with anything really. If it's in basketball or if it's not, I just try to help everybody that I can be the best person they can on or off the court."
The senior hopes he can play in college after graduation, and Coach McDonald thinks that can happen.
"Having the year he's having and doing the things that he's doing and as a team if we keep winning games and having success I think even more opportunities are going to come for him. I have no doubt that he can play at the next level. And I think whoever gets him is going to be lucky."
While college basketball is an individual goal, Ragusa is focused on leading his team to a district title and a deep run in the playoffs.
"It would be the best feeling. Since I was five-years-old that's been my dream so I would do everything I could to make that happen."