JV Trojans, Lady Trojans capture second at Beeville tourney
by Bruce Harper
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BEEVILLE — The two A.C. Jones junior varsity basketball squads made it all the way to the Beeville tournament’s finals on Saturday afternoon, but came up short in the title game to earn second place finishes for both squads.

The JV boys took on the Pettus Eagles in the first round. The Eagles started slow, and the Trojans took advantage, jumping out to a 17-6 first quarter lead, and they went on to capture a 58-13 win over the young Eagles.

“Pettus played hard; they just couldn’t get much to fall though. We were able to disrupt them early with our press, and we played well throughout,” said JV coach Michael Hernandez.

Robert Torres led the Trojan scoring with 14 points. Jonathon Moses was also in double figures with 11. Tommy Dominguez followed with seven points.

The Trojans met Robstown in round two, and the game went into overtime before the hosts emerged with a 51-45 victory.

The Trojans met the Cotton Pickers earlier in the season, and that game also went into extra minutes before the Trojans grabbed the win.

“It was another back-and-forth ballgame which we never really gained control of until overtime when Robert Torres and Tanner Treviño carried us,” Hernandez said.

Torres again led the way with 17 points. Dominguez and Treviño were both in double figures with 10 each.

The win against Robstown put the Beeville boys into the championship game on Saturday against the always tough Miller Bucs.

A second quarter cold spell by the Trojans gave Miller’s players all the room they would need to forge a 65-45 victory and capture the championship game.

“We were able to cut the lead to nine with about four minutes to go but couldn’t get any closer. Overall, I was proud of our second half effort, and overall, we did some good things, but we still have much room for improvement,” Hernandez said.

“I am proud of the team overall, and we’re just trying to get better for the next game.”

Dylan Castillo hit for 22 points in the loss with 17 of those coming in the second half. Twelve points came from four long range jumpers. Josh Salazar added eight points, and Jonathan Huser sank six.

The Lady Trojans had a close encounter with the Ingleside Mustangs to start their tournament. The game came down to the final seconds, but the Lady Trojans got the win, 24-22.

“The game was a lot closer than I would have liked; however, the girls kept their composure to pull out the win. Sophia Galindo scored the winning basket with only 10 seconds left on the clock,” said JV coach Brittainie Zinsmeyer.

“Defensively, Cheyenne Del Bosque and MacKenzie Harvey did an excellent job shutting their girls out.”

Audrey Carranco led the Beeville scoring with 13 points. Galindo added nine.

Round two had the Lady Trojans on the court with the George West Lady ’Horns. Beeville dominated the GW girls 31-11 to advance to the title tilt.

“Despite George West having size, our posts did an amazing job keeping the ball out of the paint on defense. In a previous game, one of our posts had gotten hurt, so the remaining three, M. Downing, S. Galindo and Caitlin Ortiz, did well, rotating between them to put out a great game,” Zinsmeyer said.

Carranco had 18 points in the win. Margaret Downing and Harvey both added four.

“Angelika Benavides stepped it up and shot 75 percent from the free throw line,” said Zinsmeyer.

In the championship game on Saturday, the Victoria East Titans claimed the title with a 44-27 victory.

“Defensively, we did well in the first half. However, our turnovers and errors got the better of us in the second half,” Zinsmeyer said.

“The girls fought hard and never gave in though. It was good to see what we were going to be up against come district time.”

Carranco led the scoring with 12 tallies. Harvey added six, and Galindo and Downing each contributed four markers.
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