In the freshman contest, T-M blasted the Trojans for 24 first quarter points to set the stage for a 66-40 victory. It was a 40-17 game at the half. The hosts played the visitors fairly evenly over the second half but that first half explosion was too much for the young Trojans to overcome.
Conner Shears scored 13 points for the Trojans with 10 of those coming in the second half. Dakota DelBosque followed with seven markers. Frank Gutierrez and Lonnie Jordan added five each in the loss. Brooks Holder added four and Preston Tabb finished with three. John Camacho contributed two points and Jacob DeLeon hit one free throw.
“The kids gave it their all. I was pleased with the way they played in the second half. We need a lot of improvement on our shooting before we start district play,” said freshman coach Scott Olivo.
“The boys continue to work hard as everyone is at 6 a.m. practices every morning.”
The junior varsity contest was the best tilt of the night. The T-M boys held on for a close 52-50 win.
The two teams battled to a 29-29 halftime score and then the Trojans gained a little momentum by outscoring the Warriors 15-12 in the third period to take a 44-41 lead.
The defensive pressure was intense and the Trojans struggled to find an open shot. Several Beeville close-in jumpers and lay-ups failed to go down and the Warriors took advantage. The visitors hit for 11 points in the fourth quarter while holding the hosts to six. That made it a 52-50 victory for the visiting Warriors.
Three Trojans made it into double figures for coach Abel Barrera. Ryan Vasquez and Kevin Dang both hit for 12 points. Jon Silva added 10 points with a strong second half. Nick Waters sank six and Sebastian Rodriguez made one first half three-pointer. Zachary Castro and Matt Garcia both contributed two points. Jeffery Stafford added one at the charity stripe.
“The entire game was an up-and-down game, and the Trojans hung on all the way to the final buzzer. The JV players know that no matter who is your opponent, we will not be out-hustled or even be out-muscled by another team,” said JV coach Abel Barrera.
The loss gives the JV unit a 5-3 record on the year.
In the varsity contest, the visitors raced out to a 25-13 advantage and were never really pressured by the Trojans. Fifteen second period points gave the Warriors 40 at the break and the Trojans were down 40-20 at the half.
Beeville outscored the visitors 22-19 over the second half but it was too much of a hill to climb. The final went to the Warriors 59-42.
Eric Soza led the Trojan scoring with 15 points on the night. Thomas Camacho added eight. Ysrael Barboza followed with six. Kevin Blanton hit one trey for three points. Matt Botello, Derell Jackson, Adam Garcia, Jordan Gonzales and Robby Horton contributed two apiece.
“We’re just not shooting well right now. I feel it will turn around,” said Trojan head coach Jesse Baez.
The Trojans traveled to Mathis last night (Friday) to meet the Pirates. The freshman contest tipped off at 5 p.m. with the JV and varsity contests following. The Trojans will then take a break for the holidays and be back in action at the Calallen tournament that begins on Dec. 29.