Both teams dominated the visiting Alice Coyotes to record their first victories of the season on Monday.
The seventh-grade Trojans raced out to a 7-2 lead over the visitors and went on to an easy 31-16 victory.
The hosts jumped out to the early lead behind the play of Dolton Corpus and Joesea De la Cruz. They ended the night with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Thomas Dang contributed four points, and Isaiah Tapia and Blake Casarez each contributed two.
“The boys left a lot of points off the board, but the defensive pressure was on all night, creating turnovers and with steals and rebounds. Raymond Barrientes and Bryan Lucio contributed defensively for the Trojans,” said MMS coach Ernest Gonzales.
“This group has a lot of potential to do something real special.”
The eighth-grade squad also came out strong on defense and offense. The young Trojans blasted Alice 50-5.
The score was 26-5 at the half as the Trojan defense pitched a shutout in the second half. The Coyotes got a few shots, but they had only one chance at the basket as the Trojans rebounded well and kept the visitors off balance all night.
This was also the Trojans’ first district game. Leading the Moreno scoring attack was Nick Gonzales with 12 points. Justin Cantu and James Graham fired in 10 each. Jordan Cantu contributed eight, while Augie Canas and Jacob Castro both made five.
“This was a great first game for the Trojans to start the season. We played well on both sides of the ball. We limited our mistakes, turnovers and shot seven of nine at the line,” said MMS coach Ricardo Maldonado.
“The young, elusive Trojans used their speed well on both sides and pushed the ball up court every chance we got.”
The defensive work from Michael Virata and Steve Barrera also caught Maldonado’s eye.
“They helped out tremendously on defense. This is going to be an exciting season as these young Trojans have high expectations,” their coach said.
The young Trojans will host Calallen on Monday. Games begin at 5 p.m.