MMS boys tangle with Kingsville Brahmas in finales
by Bruce Harper
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MMS Trojan Thomas Dang heads for the basket in the early going of Monday night’s seventh-grade A win over the visiting Kingsville Brahmas.
Bruce Harper photo MMS Trojan Thomas Dang heads for the basket in the early going of Monday night’s seventh-grade A win over the visiting Kingsville Brahmas.
BEEVILLE — The Kingsville Brahmas paid a visit to the Moreno Middle School campus on Monday to put a cap on the basketball season for both schools.

The A teams split with the visitors as the 7A squad lost a close 35-33 contest to the Brahmas. The 8A team finished off the season in fine style, defeating the Kingsville boys 62-13 to finish the season undefeated for the second straight year.

In the seventh-grade game, the Trojans jumped to a 17-13 lead at the half. The visitors got hot in the third quarter and eased in front by out-scoring the Trojans 14-8 in the third. It was a 27-25 Brahmas lead heading into the final quarter. Both teams hit for eight markers over the final few minutes as the Kingsville boys held on for a 35-33 win.

Joesea DelaCruz finished with 13 points to lead the Beeville scoring attack. Thomas Dang hit for nine points, and Dolton Corpus contributed six tallies. Contributing defensively were Blake Casarez, Isaiah Johns, Bryan Lucio, Jacob Flores and Isaiah Moreno, according to the coaches.

“Although we’re not happy with the outcome, I will say I am proud of the boys and hope they take the loss with a grain of salt but carry it into the off-season and look to be to be successful next year,” said MMS coach Ernie Gonzales. The 7A squad finished the season with a 5-4 record.

The eighth-grade game was an exhibition of good basketball. The Moreno boys dominated from the opening tip to preserve their perfect record of 23-0 over the past two years.

The young Trojans led 8-0 at the end of one quarter, and it was 26-2 at the end of the first half. The MMS boys cruised to an easy 62-13 victory.

“This was an awesome win to send these young men into the off-season with. Every player scored and did an amazing job defensively,” said MMS coach Ricardo Maldonado.

High scorer for the game was Justin Cantu with 18 points. Nick Gonzales came in with 12 while Michael Virrata added nine tallies. Adolf Garcia contributed seven points while Bryan Reyna added four markers. James Graham and Jacob Castro each hit for three points, and Jordan Cantu, Augie Canas and Steve Barrera all chipped in with two points apiece.

This year in nine games the 8A squad scored 427 points to average 47.4 points a game and held opponents to less than 21 per game.

“This is a great group of kids any coach would be lucky to have. I’ve had the privilege to watch the boys mature and grow into great young athletes over the past two years,” said Maldonado.

“To learn how to win with class and win in Trojan fashion. We at Moreno are very proud of everything these young Trojans have accomplished and wish them the best of luck in the future.”

The eighth-grade B team was also a winner on Monday night. The B “teamers” handed the Brahmas a sound 45-21 thrashing.

“Overall, it was our best game of the season on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball,” said MMS coach Oscar Vasquez.

It was a 25-13 Beeville lead at the half, and the Trojans kept it going in the second half to record the victory.

AJ Gomez led all scorers with 12 points, including two consecutive three-pointers in the first quarter which sparked the team to go on a run. Alfredo Benavides followed with nine points and pulled down eight big rebounds for the Trojans. Garron Trevino put in back-to-back jumpers in the first quarter and ended the game with six points. Timothy Rincon and Johnathan Carillo both added four points. Angel Vasquez, Kolton Wright, RJ Gonzales, Rudy Casarez and Jesse Gutierrez each added two points apiece in crucial moments of the game.

The 8B team finished with a fine 8-1 record overall and were 5-1 in district play.

The 7B squad was also victorious, branding the Brahmas 45-9.

“We came out and put on a show on both sides of the ball. On offense, we exploded with our season high in points, as every shot we took seemed to fall for us,” said MMS coach Tim San Miguel.

“Defensively, we were great as we only allowed one point in the second and third quarters combined.”

Wyatt Blackwell led the Beeville scoring with 12 points. B.J. Barrera added 10 markers. Joaquin Garza and Jesse Castro each contributed eight points. E.J. Valdez had three points while Jaiden Chapa and Brandon Fransisco each scored a bucket for two markers apiece.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group, they knew that they needed a win to have a winning season so they came out and made sure of it. This game was a great showcase of the skills that they have learned and practiced all season,” said San Miguel.
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