The freshman Trojans edged the visitors in a nail-biter, 36-35. Trailing 35-34 with 26 seconds left on the clock, the Beeville boys gained possession and worked the ball down court. Robert Benavidez came open inside and close to the basket with just seven seconds left.
Guard Tristan Pelitire saw the open Benavidez and threaded a pass for the easy lay-in by Benavidez. A desperate, buzzer-beating shot by the Pirates went wide and the young Trojans captured a 36-35 victory.
“The guys worked together as a team when it really counted. They also played some very tough defense tonight,” said freshman coach Juan Guerrero.
Cody Vasquez led the Trojans with a game-high 16 points. Benavidez finished with eight and Pelitire added six. Tyler Stewart followed with five and Ryan Casares tallied one.
The junior varsity Trojans and Pirates battled to an 8-8 first quarter tie but the Beeville defense stopped the Pirates in the second period. It was an 18-13 Beeville lead going into halftime.
The Trojans came out of the locker rooms red hot. They ran off 10 straight points to take 28-13 lead and the Mathis boys never did recover. The Beeville lead was 13 points at 32-19 entering the fourth period.
The Trojans eased off their defensive pressure in the final quarter and the Pirates rallied to shave six points off the Beeville lead but it was too little too late for the Pirates. The Trojan JV cruised to a 43-36 victory.
Peyton Tabb topped the Trojans with 15 points. Tevin Wilson worked inside and had several put-back baskets for 12 points. Brent Reyna supplied six markers and Chris Maldonado added four. Aric Gamez, Lucas Glew and Roger Salazar each contributed two points.
“Despite not playing our best, we’re finding ways to win. The boys played hard and there is no way I could find fault in their effort,” said JV coach Blake Burruss.
The sub-varsity Trojans will be off until Jan. 4 when they will accompany the varsity to Corpus Christi to meet the Miller Bucs.