Hoop dreams continue

New Braunfels seniors Fernando Hinojosa (left) and Adam Boyce pose with head coach David Brawner during a signing ceremony this past week at the fieldhouse at NBHS. Hinojosa is headed to Wayland Baptist, while Boyce is bound for Schreiner.

For years, New Braunfels seniors Fernando Hinojosa and Adam Boyce could be found inside the gym playing countless games of one-on-one to hone their skills.

And head coach David Brawner recalls that they weren’t just friendly contests without any meaning.

“Oh, they’d get mad,” the coach said with a grin. “When one of them wins, the other one is always mad.”

The senior duo helped provide thrilling moments this past season with the Unicorns, and Brawner said it was only fitting that the tandem each made their collegiate choices official on the same day. This past Tuesday in the fieldhouse, Hinojosa signed a letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and Boyce is set to enroll at Schreiner University in Kerrville while also continuing his hoops career.

Boyce, who overcame a torn labrum to return to action for New Braunfels this year, said the Mountaineers popped up on his radar rather recently.

“I wasn’t sure because of my injuries, but finally I realized that I wanted to keep going,” Boyce said. “I started talking to people and that’s when I talked to Schreiner and I really like the campus and decided to go there. It was definitely something I was thinking about since freshman year.”

Hinojosa said that Wayland Baptist saw him play at a tournament, and the relationship began to build from there.

“I’ve always knew I wanted to play basketball and was just trying to find the right school,” Hinojosa said. “After freshman year was when I really started taking it seriously and I really wanted to play this game as long as possible. Wayland Baptist saw me and they liked what they saw, so they invited me for a visit and I just really liked it there and liked the coaches.”

Hinojosa took the reins as the Unicorns’ leading scorer this season and displayed a knack for hitting game-winning buckets as a senior guard. He sank Pflugerville Connally on a late shot and then sealed the game with a steal before doing the exact same thing against crosstown rival Canyon on the road.

Hinojosa was New Braunfels’ lone District 26-6A first team selection this season after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

Once Boyce came back to the court, he assumed his point guard duties and began to run the offense efficiently. The senior was an all-district second team choice and averaged 6.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.0 boards per outing while showcasing his versatility and the exceptional ability to shake defenders with the ball in his hands.

Brawner said the tandem has been making things happen since they first took the court together at NBHS.

“I think their freshman year, first game they ever played for us, Adam came off a ball screen and kicked it to Fernando in the corner for a 3 to win the game,” Brawner said. “To me, it’s been that for four years. They both don’t get inflated egos — it’s all about winning, it’s all about everybody else for both of them. It’s fitting that they’re signing together because in my mind they will always be linked.”

Hinojosa and Boyce said they both thoroughly enjoyed playing alongside one another during their high school days.

“On the court with Adam, I don’t have to worry about bringing up the ball,” Hinojosa said. “I can just kind of watch him honestly because he’s such a good point guard that he gets it to you. If you’re open, he’ll find you.”

Boyce credits all those one-on-one battles for helping him reach the next level.

“I’d say if he wasn’t here, then I wouldn’t be the player I am,” Boyce said. “We push each other so hard and we always go at it. I see him working hard and it makes me want to work hard. It’s just constant.”

Brawner said he’s sad to see both move on, but on the bright side, their example has permeated through the locker room.

“It’s just two really awesome kids that I’m going to miss and this program is going to miss, but we always talk about leaving a legacy and they’ve left one,” Brawner said. “The younger kids in that locker room are better for it because of those two guys.”

Wayland Baptist is an NAIA competitor that is a part of the Sooner Athletic Conference, while Schreiner is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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