With just eight players dressed on Saturday, the Beeville boys easily defeated the Tuloso-Midway Warriors 62-45 to reach the finals later that afternoon against Antonian.
That contest was just too much as the tired Trojans lost by 40, 79-39.
The Beeville boys began their tournament on Thursday with two wins. The first round game was close as the Beeville boys took on host Sinton. The Pirates and Trojans battled it out for all four periods, but the Trojans eased in front and captured a 69-62 win to advance in the winners’ bracket.
Round two had the Trojans on the court against an outmanned Bloomington Bobcat squad. The Trojans rolled to an easy 75-33 victory.
In Saturday’s semifinals, the Trojans faced District 30-4A foe Tuloso-Midway. The Warriors brought better numbers to the contest, fielding a full 15-man roster and sent waves of fresh players into the game at times.
The Trojans put the Warriors in a deep hole with a 7-0 rub to start the game, but the Warriors battled back, and it was 18-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The second period was close, but the Beeville boys added three more points to their lead and took a 32-27 advantage into halftime.
A 10-2 run by Beeville to start the third period helped put the Trojans out front for good. The Beeville defense was stout and post Cameron Kremers and guard Brent Reyna kept the Warriors at bay with their inside and outside scoring. Kremers was also instrumental, along with forward Hunter Hardy, in allowing the T-M boys just one shot on each trip down the court as they controlled the boards against the Warriors.
The Trojans outscored the Warriors 30-18 over the second half to secure a place in the championship game Saturday evening.
In the finals, it was all Antonian as the Apaches ambushed the tired Trojans 75-33.
It was still a very good run for the Beeville boys as they played well on defense through most of the tournament and cut down on turnovers. The Trojans went 3-1 against some pretty good competition and upped their confidence level heading back into District 30-4A play on Friday when they travel to Port Lavaca to try and trap the Sandcrabs.
Other teams participating in the annual Sinton Rotary Classic Basketball Tournament included Kyle Lehman High School, Taft, Incarnate Word Academy, Grulla, Kingsville Academy, Rockport-Fulton and West Columbia in addition to the schools already mentioned.