MMS Trojans beat Warriors in three of four
by Bruce Harper
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Trojan eighth-grader Cody Vasquez releases an outside jumper during Thursday’s win over the visiting Tuloso-Midway Warriors to open the MMS basketball season.
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The Moreno Middle School Trojans entertained the visiting Tuloso-Midway Warriors on Thursday evening in the season opener for the basketball teams.

The Trojans came away with three wins out of the possible four for a good showing in the first contests of the season.

The seventh-grade boys swept their two games with the visitors. The B team captured a close 17-14 victory over the young Warriors.

“Trey Alaniz was by far the player of the game,” said coach Erik Peterson.

Alaniz finished with 11 points and exhibited great hustle, according to Peterson.

“He hustled everywhere he went and led our team to the win,” the coach said.

The first game of the year did show some MMS weaknesses, however.

“We obviously have a lot of work to do. We were out-rebounded heavily and committed many turnovers,” said Peterson.

“Overall though, the guys gave a great effort and held on for a win.”

The seventh-grade A team had a little easier time as they posted a 26-19 win over the Warriors.

The tilt started out slowly with the Trojans and Warriors tied at 6-6 after one period. The Beeville defense shut down the Warriors in the second period and the Beeville boys took an 11-6 lead into the intermission. The lead dropped to four, 19-15, entering the final six minutes. The Trojans outscored the visitors 7-4 over the final minutes to secure the 26-19 victory.

“We played an all right game; I know it was our first one but I saw many things we need to improve on. We did though move the ball pretty well, had some fast break points, and a few jumpers,” coach Ricky Maldonado said.

Cody Elliott led the Trojans with 13 points. Joshua Salazar followed with nine and Tanner Treviño finished the scoring with four points.

Coach Maldonado pointed out the defensive play of Ryan Longoria and Parker Roberson as also a big contributing factor in the win.

The eighth-grade B team lost its encounter with the Warriors, 30-20.

“The Trojans fought hard the whole night and never gave up. With this loss, we know what we need to work on as a team and must build as the season goes on,” said coach Bobby Del Bosque.

The Trojans trailed only 13-11 at the half but could not keep up with the Warriors over the final two quarters.

Joseph Muñoz led the way for the MMS boys with eight points, four rebounds and three steals in the loss. Jacob Suniga followed with five points and Ronald Barefield also hit for five. Ashtin Gallegos picked up two points, two rebounds and two steals for the Trojans. Ruben De La Garza and Randy Beltran each pulled down seven rebounds on the night.

The A team topped the visitors, 36-24.

“The Trojans’ win was marked with tough defense throughout the game. The post play was excellent as the Trojans cleaned the boards and put back six points on offensive rebounds,” said coach Bryan Grams.

“The guards stepped up play by intercepting six passes with their suffocating defense.”

Anthony Ruiz hit for nine points in the win. Cody Vasquez recorded seven markers as did Tristan Pelitire. Ryan Casarez followed with four points. Robert Benavides scored three while Bobby Quiroga and Mathew Rivas each contributed two. Jacob Flores had two assists and two steals while Angel Perez pulled down two rebounds and had one steal.

The MMS Trojans host Gregory-Portland on Thursday night. The first game tip-offs will be at 5 p.m.

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