ROBSTOWN — In their opening basketball game of the season, the Trojan varsity got off to a slow start and could not hold off the Cotton Pickers in the second half as the Robstown varsity boys collected a 64-55 victory on Friday night.
“We came out on the short end against Robstown. Turnovers hurt us badly,” said Trojan head coach Mike Luce.
“We were in position to win the game, but, as I said, several turnovers in the last few minutes of the game turned a close game into a nine-point loss.”
The slow start put the Beeville boys in a 12-7 hole by the end of the fist quarter. As cold as the Trojans were in the first few minutes, they were equally as hot in the second period. The defensive pressure picked up, and the Trojans regained their shooting touch. Beeville recorded 23 second period points while holding the Cotton Pickers to 16. The Trojans had a slim 30-28 lead at the half.
The Cotton Pickers got back in the contest and drew away from the Trojans with a strong second half. The home team poured in 18 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, while the Trojans hit for 14 points in the third and added 11 in the final minutes.
Three Trojans were in double figures. Post Cameron Kremers hit for 19 points in the loss. Lucas Glew added 12 tallies, and Hunter Hardy contributed 11. Brent Reyna had seven points.
“I did see a lot of good things from the kids, and I believe we are way ahead of where we were last year, but we have a long way to go to get to where we need to be to become a solid ball club,” Luce said.
The Beeville freshmen won their contest with the young Cotton Pickers 36-31, and the junior varsity Trojans won in overtime 49-46 over Robstown.
“We started out the season with an overtime barn burner. We played ok for it being the first game of the year,” said JV coach Michael Hernandez.
“The biggest lead was no more than six points either way.”
The score at the half had the Trojans ahead by two, 22-20 and that slim lead held up through the third. The teams went into the final quarter with the Beeville boys up 32-30. The contest wound up 45-45 at the end of regulation.
“Robert Torres was able to hit two free throws with three seconds left that put us up three and helped seal the win. We did well in the paint with our bigs scoring 30 points combined with Josh Salazar scoring a game high 22 points,” said Hernandez.
Salazar led the Trojans with 22 points in the win. Torrs finished with eight markers and Jonathan HUser followed with six points. Tanner Trevino hit for five points in the win. Dylan Castillo and Tommy Dominguez both contributed four tallies for the JV Trojans.
The Trojans were in Corpus Christi on Monday evening to play the John Paul II Centurions. The Beeville teams played Tuesday afternoon in Beeville against the visiting Sinton Pirates before taking a break for Thanksgiving.