Brandon Castillo drives in for a layup against West.
Brandon Castillo drives in for a layup against West. (JAMES LOWERY/ALVARADO STAR)
For Alvarado’s boys basketball team it was the closest game in District 8-3A play.

But the Indians found a way past Glen Rose Tuesday night for a 48-46 victory on the road that gave Alvarado the outright district title.

It was the first time Alvarado has won the outright district title since 1999.

“It was a real gut check for us,” Alvarado coach Michael Seibert said. “It is always good to be tested heading into the playoffs.”

The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

Alvarado (19-13) finished district play with a prefect 10-0 record doubling what the football team did in 8-3A this season.

As district champions Alvarado gets a first round bye. Next Thursday, Friday or Saturday the Indians will face the winner of a bi-district playoff game between Brownwood and Graham.

The Indians will put their 13-game winning streak on the line at 4 p.m. Saturday when they take on Liberty Hill in a playoff warmup game at Glen Rose.

Senior guard Tyler Bates led the Indians in scoring with 23 points and sophomore forward Xavier Adams added 14 points.

Friday night, Alvarado celebrated senior night with a 78-50 district victory over West.

Six seniors were honored including Bates, Ricky Handy, Abel Manrigeuz, Ricky Bacanegra, Ronald Thomas and Xavier Holbert.

“I thought it went really well,” Seibert said. “As a team we played a quality game. We played like at team which is always nice to see,”

Ten Indians scored in the game led by a 22-point effort from Bates. Adams tallied 19 points and Handy finished with 12 points.

Things were close after a quarter of play with Alvarado leading 22-15. The Indians pulled ahead 41-23 by halftime and used a 21-15 third quarter run to put away the Trojans.

“We seem to have a stretch every game where we force turnovers and that leads to easy baskets,” Seibert said. “Our defense allowed us to grab that big lead.”