The Beeville Trojan junior varsity was one of the JV teams and won just one contest, but gained some valuable experience going toe-to-toe with the older players.
In round one, the Beeville boys, with a handful of freshman playing big minutes for head coach Michael Hernandez, took on the Nordheim Pirates.
The five-man squad of Pirates was overmatched against the speedy Beeville boys and the young Trojans captured a relatively easy 64-33 victory.
Tommy Dominguez led the scoring for the Trojans with 11 points. Gabriel Cardenas and Jacoby Veliz each contributed eight tallies in the win.
“We played well. We were able to turn them over with our press early and it carried us to a comfortable victory,” said JV coach Michael Hernandez.
Round two had the Trojans facing the host Eagles on the court and the varsity Pettus boys got the victory, 57-50.
The Trojans were cold from the floor in the first half and fell behind 25-11. The JV squad made a game of it in the second half but fell short by seven.
“We struggled scoring the ball and we were in catch-up mode the entire second half,” said Hernandez.
Dylan Castillo hit for 19 points while Dominguez went for 14 points to lead the Trojans. Robert Torres and Veliz each scored eight points.
“The two freshmen, Dylan Castillo and Tommy Dominguez, really carried us in the second half,” said Hernandez.
The third round of pool play had the Trojans on the court with the Odem Owl varsity. The Owls emerged with a 53-42 decision. It was closer than the what the final score indicates.
Dominguez was in double figures with 14 points in the contest. Torres followed with nine points and Jonathon Huser hit for eight in the loss.
The final game of the tournament on Saturday had Beeville facing off against district rival Tuloso-Midway JV.
The pressure defense of the young Warriors caused the Trojans too much trouble in the first quarter and the Beeville boys fell behind big, 24-7.
The two teams played evenly the rest of the way but it was too deep a hole to dig out of for the Trojans.
“Overall we played well at times during this varsity tournament; however, our youth (I played 4 freshman on the floor at times) and inexperience may have cost us in some games,” said Hernandez.
Torres finished with 17 points and Castillo hit for 13 markers. Dominguez added seven points and Veliz was in double figures with 12.
Tommy Dominguez was named all-tourney by the coaches.
No report from the Eagles was received prior to press time.