“We had way too many turnovers and took too many bad shots,” said head coach Mike Luce.
The visitors jumped on the Trojans early, taking advantage of some shaky Beeville ball-handling and led 18-2 in the first period. The score was 20-7 at the end of the first eight minutes as the Centurions displayed a good-shooting eye.
The Trojans rallied in the second period and pulled to within four at 23-19, but the next seven points were all by John Paul II and the visitors took a 30-21 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
The visitors stretched their lead to 16 points by outscoring the Trojans 13-6 in the third period to make it a 43-27 contest.
The Trojans were lacking the firepower in this early season contest to make a run at the Centurions and the visitors captured the easy win.
Tyler Stewart led the Beeville scoring with eight points. John Camacho added six markers and Brent Reyna and Matt Rivas each recorded five. Brooks Holder hit for four points as did Chris Maldonado. Guard Cody Vasquez hit one long-range jumper for three points.
The Trojans have a break for Thanksgiving but will host Sinton on Tuesday night before heading to the Aransas Pass tournament next weekend.
The JV contest ran the same script as the varsity. The Trojan JV started out cold from the floor and the visitors rallied to a 16-2 lead before settling for a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The two teams played evenly over the second seven minutes and the scoreboard had it John Paul II 31 and Beeville 18 at the half.
The A.C. Jones boys cut two points off the JPII lead in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 16-14, to make it a 45-34 contest.
The young Trojans rallied and pulled within five late in the game, but the JPII defense shut out the hosts the rest of the way to collect a 61-51 win.
Hunter Hardy provided the Beeville boys with 16 points on the night. James Maki hit four treys and a two-pointer for 14 points. Andy Dang recorded 11 points and Joshua Salazar added six markers. Garrett Keys had two points and Robert Torres hit one free throw.