The Spurs keep winning, a ref gets his revenge and an SAPD officer escapes indictment



Best in the Game?

Sure, the Golden State Warriors had a remarkable start to the NBA season with a record-breaking 24-0 start.

But are they the best in the game?

Maybe not.

Consider the San Antonio Spurs' win differential, which is top in the league.

The Spurs are winning games with a 13.154-point differential, compared to the Warriors' 13.08.

Sport Illustrated's Ben Golliver explains.

"San Antonio's symbolic move past Golden State on the point differential charts, however, should serve as notice that there are now two teams functioning at an elite level on both sides," Golliver writes. "In fact, the Spurs now rank third in offensive efficiency after posting wins by at least 22 points each in their last five games."

This makes the Spurs and the Warriors the only two teams ranking in top five for offense and defense, he notes.

San Antonio also snagged a win record last week, in addition to moving to number one in the win differential ranking. The Spurs have won 23 straight games at home, a franchise record.

Referee Revenge

San Antonio's Jay High School football team made national headlines — two players even appeared on Good Morning America — in September for all the wrong reasons.

But that chapter's finally coming to its ugly close.

Former assistant coach Mack Breed plead guilty to assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor, last Monday for ordering two players to tackle a referee during a game against Marble Falls.

Breed avoided a year in jail by reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Instead of drawing up plays in Burnet County Jail, Breed faces 18 months of probation; he surrenders his Texas Teaching Certificate; he'll have to pass an anger-management course; then there's also 120 hours of community service, and, finally, he'll pay a $3,500 fine and restitution to the ref.

The players, 17-year-old Michael Moreno and 15-year-old Victor Rojas, are also expected to face charges. When both teens appeared on Good Morning America in September, they alleged the ref used racial slurs against them, and, like any good soldiers, said they were just following orders — from Breed, who thought the ref was biased, according to Rojas and Moreno.

While announcing Breed's conviction, Burnet County attorney Eddie Arredondo said that Moreno would be charged as an adult, and he'll face charges of assault and aggravated assault because he's considered an adult by the Texas Penal Code, an un-named juvenile — Rojas — will face charges in juvenile court.

No Charges Filed

Nearly two years ago off-duty San Antonio Police Officer Robert Encina shot and killed 23-year-old Marquise Jones at the Chacho's and Chalucci's drive thru at Perren Beitel Road and Loop 410, where Encina was working security.

A week ago, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Encina for the killing.

Just a few months ago, in August, Bexar County Sheriff deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez shot and killed Gilbert Flores, 41, in the front yard of a house on San Antonio's northwest side.

Two weeks ago, LaHood announced a grand jury declined to indict Vasquez and Sanchez.

The cases are different.

Authorities were called because Flores was allegedly abusing his family and was combative with the deputies. But two videos show Flores, who appears to raise his hands to surrender, moments before Vasquez and Sanchez open fire. Authorities have said that 911 calls and radio traffic paint a better picture of what happened.

Jones was a passenger in a car that had a fender bender at the drive thru before Encina shot and killed him. Police say Jones had a gun. Jones' family says he was trying to leave and was shot in the back, alleging that the gun was planted.

Both stories are all too familiar, common even; just like the outcome of most grand jury decisions in police-related killings: no charges filed.


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