BEEVILLE – Gabe Carranco calmly hit four free throws with no one around him and all eyes on him to lift the Beeville Trojans to a win in their district opener Friday night.
Carranco’s four free throws sealed a two-point win, 49-47, for the Trojans in a game that turned wild late in the fourth quarter at Marion B. Horton Gymnasium.
Robstown pushed in front midway through the final quarter and held a 47-45 advantage in the final minute of the game.
First, Beeville couldn’t convert on the front end of a one-and-one, giving Robstown the ball back with that two-point lead intact.
The Pickers turned it over on the ensuing possession, though, giving Beeville another chance.
The Trojans again drew a foul to get to the line, but again missed.
On the rebound, Joseph Hale forced a held ball, but was flipped over trying to get control of the ball.
That prompted a push from a Beeville player, which drew retaliation from a Robstown player.
As the coaches from both teams spilled onto the court to separate the players, two Robstown reserves also left the bench area.
The end result of the fracas was double technical fouls against both teams, then two additional technical fouls against Robstown.
Those last two technicals put Carranco at the line for four free throws.
He made all four to push Beeville in front.
Robstown put Beeville at the line once again after the ensuing inbounds, then got the rebound on the miss, but couldn’t get a shot off as time expired.
Carranco finished as Beeville’s leading scorer with 12 points on the night, six of which came in the fourth quarter.
Seth Gomez tallied nine points, while Victor Gonzales chipped in eight points. Matthew Gomez added seven points, as did Hale.
The Trojans upped their mark to 9-13 overall and 1-0 in district play with the victory.
The Trojans went 1-3 at the Goliad holiday tournament on Dec. 27-28.
The team’s lone victory was a 45-44 win over Stockdale on the second day of the tournament.
Beeville jumped in front 15-5 in the opening quarter, but trailed 23-21 at halftime.
The Trojans then fell behind 35-24 after three quarters before rallying in the fourth quarter.
They outscored the Brahmas 21-9 in the final period behind eight points from Gonzales and six from Carranco.
Carranco finished as the leading scorer with 12 points, while Gonzales finished with 10.
S. Gomez poured in 11 points for the team.
The Trojans then lost 54-50 to Poth later that same day.
Caleb Washington came off the bench to hit three triples to tally a team-best nine points for Beeville in the loss.
M. Gomez scored eight points, while Carranco posted six points. S. Gomez added five points.
On the first day of the tournament, the Trojans fell 58-46 to Yorktown and then lost 44-37 to Karnes City in overtime.
S. Gomez led the way in the loss to Yorktown with 12 points.
Gonzales chipped in eight points, while Carranco, Eduardo Arellano, Lazz Garcia and Noah Rodriguez had five points apiece.
Karnes City outscored the Trojans 7-0 in the overtime period to beat them later on the first day.
Garcia had a team-best 13 points for the Trojans, while Hale poured in six points.
Carranco and Gonzales both had four points in the loss.