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Losses pile up for Trojans at Panthers’ hoops tourney
by Bruce Harper
Dec 05, 2012 | 878 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ARANSAS PASS — The Beeville Trojan varsity basketball team had a few ups and a few more downs at the Panther basketball tournament last weekend.

Beeville’s varsity players got plenty of floor time, and that experience will be a plus over the long haul, but the team failed to win in six chances.

On Thursday, the Calallen Wildcats posted a 61-31 win over the Trojans, and the host Panthers popped the Beeville boys 71-44. Brent Reyna led the Trojans with 13 points against Calallen, and Tyler Stewart took scoring honors against AP with 13. Reyna added 12 points in the loss against the Panthers.

On Friday, the Trojans faced district rival Port Lavaca, and in a close game, the Sandcrabs pinched the Trojans 53-49. Three Trojans posted double figures in the close contest with Reyna hitting for 19 markers to lead the way. Cameron Kremers recorded 12 points, and Cody Vasquez contributed 10.

In the second game of the day on Friday, the Trojans dropped a 10-point contest, 57-47, to the Sinton Pirates. Reyna came through with 18 points in the loss, and Kremers added 12.

Saturday’s final two contests had the Trojans facing state-power Hardin-Jefferson and Incarnate Word Academy. The Trojans played right with Hardin-Jefferson over the first two quarters. The Trojans seemed to find their shooting eye and ran their offense almost to perfection. The Beeville boys trailed by one 15-14 at the end of the first period and took a slim halftime lead by out-scoring H-J 19-16 in the second quarter to head to the locker room up by two, 33-31.

As good as the Trojans looked in the first half, the fire went out in the third quarter as H-J poured in 20 points while holding the Trojans to a mere five markers to blow the game open. H-J went on to a decisive 74-48 victory.

The shooting woes continued for the Trojans vs. IWA. Beeville scored just 12 points in the first half against IWA but played evenly with the Angels in the second half. The Trojans trailed 22-12 at the end of the first two quarters, and it was still a 10-point difference when the final buzzer sounded, 46-36.

“We played well in spots. We looked really good against H-J in the first half and then couldn’t do anything against them in the second half,” said head coach Mike Luce.

The Trojans hosted Yoakum on Tuesday night and will be back on the tournament trail later this week at the Pride of Texas event at Tuloso-Midway.
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