“I thought we showed more consistency and effort in this game. We shot the ball well, which, unfortunately, is not common, but that always makes up for other things you don’t do well,” said head coach Mike Luce.
The Trojans shot well right from the opening tip as the Beeville boys ripped the nets for a 12-3 lead midway through the first quarter. The visitors rallied to some degree, outscoring the Beeville boys 7-6 over the rest of the first period, but the hosts held an 18-10 lead.
The long-range jumpers from Lucas Glew, Andy Dang and Brent Reyna, five in all, helped the Trojans secure a comfortable 39-20 lead at the halftime intermission.
The barrage was not over and the Trojans carried their shooting prowess over into the second half. Four more treys found their mark in the second half to help the Trojans hold off the Bulldogs.
Yoakum hit for 21 third quarter points to cut six points off its deficit at the half, but the Trojans returned to form and out-scored the Bulldogs 22-14 over the final eight minutes to grab the win.
The last basket of the night, a step-back jumper from beyond the arc by Tony Gonzales, epitomized the Trojan night. Gonzales took a pass in the corner near the baseline with time winding down. One quick dribble in and then he stepped back and drained his first and only shot of the night for the game’s final three points.
The Beeville inside game was also working well with posts Cameron Kremers and Tyler Stewart controlling things in the paint. Forward Hunter Hardy also played well over the second half, getting all of his six points on short jumpers after halftime.
Kremers finished the night with a team-high 20 points. Guard Reyna followed closely with 18 (three jumpers from beyond the arc). Glew finished with eight points with two treys to his credit. Stewart hit also hit for eight points, most coming from inside the paint. Cody Vasquez added seven points with one three-pointer. Dang added six points with two first half treys.
In all, the Trojans fired in a total of nine treys in the game. It was one of their better games of the season.
“Our defense, especially help side, was good, but I felt like we needed to make it harder to move the ball around the perimeter. Our inside play seemed very effective as our guards did a god job of getting the ball inside,” Luce said.
“Hopefully we can continue to play at this level.”
The Trojans are competing in the Pride of Texas tournament at Tuloso-Midway this weekend.