In the freshman contest, the game went into overtime tied at 35-35. The Trojans hit for 20 first half points with the young Wildcats posting 18 markers. In the second half the scoring was just a little off those marks, and the Calallen boys got the two extra points, 20-18, to send the game into overtime.
The Wildcats outscored the Trojans 8-3 over the additional five minutes to capture the win, 43-38.
“Free throws is what killed us tonight. The guys played hard on both sides of the ball, but missing 27 free throws is a big hole, and we couldn’t dig ourselves out of,” said freshman coach Oscar Vasquez.
James Graham led the Beeville scoring with 17 points on the night. RJ Gonzales followed with nine markers. Jarrett Garcia added four and Timothy Rincon recorded three. Anthony Garcia contributed two points and Alfredo Benavides had one free throw.
In the JV contest, the boys battled until the last second. The Beeville boys trailed at the half, 24-20, and were down 42-35 heading into the final quarter.
The Trojans worked hard to get close over the final few minutes. Their defense created turnover after turnover. The Wildcats led 49-48 with under a minute to play.
Beeville post Jacoby Veliz worked inside on Beeville’s final possession and got a shot to roll into the basket, and he collected a foul on the play to put him at the charity stripe with 6.6 seconds on the clock. Veliz made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give the Beeville boys the lead at 51-50. Calallen called time out to set up its final play.
The Wildcats had to go the length of the floor, and with one pass to mid-court and a second pass to a Calallen player who was all alone beside the lane, deep in the Trojans’ end of the court, it was over. A lay-up for Calallen put the Wildcats in front with less than a second left to play. The final was a thrilling win for the Calallen boys, 52-51.
Veliz finished with 20 points on the night. Jordan Cantu followed with eight while Jacob Castro, Justin Cantu and AJ Gomez each recorded six.
The Trojans traveled to Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday night to meet the Warriors. On Friday night, the boys will be back on the road at Gregory-Portland.