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Court Kings travel for hoop experience
by Bruce Harper
Jun 25, 2012 | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Beeville Court Kings have been hooping it up all summer long with a few more weekend tournaments yet to play. The 13- to 14-year-old boys have been playing together the last three years as a summer traveling team. The team practices under the guidance of coach Albert Ruiz twice a week at the Beeville Boys and Girls Club. This weekend the Court Kings will be playing in Corpus Christi at Driscoll Middle School.  Team members include, from left, front row, Josh Perez, Justin Cantu, Dylan Castillo, Augie Canas and Paul Gonzales, back row, Tommy Dominguez, Jacoby Veliz, Adrian Acevedo and Jordan Cantu. Tomy Myers and Jacob Castro were not available for the photo.
The Beeville Court Kings have been hooping it up all summer long with a few more weekend tournaments yet to play. The 13- to 14-year-old boys have been playing together the last three years as a summer traveling team. The team practices under the guidance of coach Albert Ruiz twice a week at the Beeville Boys and Girls Club. This weekend the Court Kings will be playing in Corpus Christi at Driscoll Middle School. Team members include, from left, front row, Josh Perez, Justin Cantu, Dylan Castillo, Augie Canas and Paul Gonzales, back row, Tommy Dominguez, Jacoby Veliz, Adrian Acevedo and Jordan Cantu. Tomy Myers and Jacob Castro were not available for the photo.
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BEEVILLE – They love basketball. A group of 11 teenage boys are working hard this summer to improve their hoop skills and build something for the future.

The Beeville Court Kings are a travel team that practices at least a couple of times a week and then plays in area tournaments on the weekends. The boys are picking up valuable floor time and are seeing some tough competition.

“These guys have played together and against each other since they were really young at the Boys and Girls Club,” said assistant coach Arturo Dominguez at a recent practice.

The 11 players have been playing travel ball for the past three years, according to head coach Albert Ruiz, and it was the boys who came to him, wanting to come together as a team and have Ruiz coach them.

“They came to me. How could I turn them down?” said Ruiz.

The team focuses on the fundamentals and uses an up-tempo offense and a pressure man-to-man defense.

“The competition we go against is tough. The boys haven’t quite made it to the top, but we’ve been close. We’ve been in a few tournament finals and just come a few points short,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz, a former Trojan player, is dedicated to the team. He now lives and works in Corpus Christi, but makes the drive to Beeville twice a week to put the Court Kings through some tough practices at the Boys and Girls Club.

The team has traveled to San Antonio to face some tough teams and gets plenty of action in Corpus Christi tournaments. Teams from Laredo, Alice, Port Lavaca and several squads from Corpus Christi provide the competition.

The Court Kings will be playing in Corpus Christi this weekend at a tournament at Driscoll Middle School. The team will play three games on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., with the second contest scheduled for 11 a.m. and the finale at 1 p.m. The outcome of those three tilts will determine when and who they will take the court against on Sunday.

“We’re trying to get the kids into sports and keep them out of trouble. We want them to always be looking to learn and improve on their skills,” Dominguez said.

The team members include Josh Perez, Justin Cantu, Dylan Castillo, Augie Canas, Paul Gonzales, Tommy Dominguez, Jacoby Veliz, Adrian Acevedo, Jordan Cantu, Jacob Castro and Tommy Myers. Most will be entering the eighth grade at Moreno Middle School this fall and a few will be heading to A.C. Jones as freshmen in August.

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