In the freshman game, the Trojans and the Titans were dead-locked at 9-9 at the end of the first period. East captured the lead in the second period, out-scoring the young Trojans 10-5 to make it a 19-14 contest at the half.
Both teams worked well in the third period, and the shots were falling. The two squads each hit for 13 points over the third quarter to keep the Titan margin at five, 32-27.
The Titan offense clicked again in the fourth quarter while the Trojans struggled. The visitors hit for 15 fourth quarter points while holding the Beeville boys to a mere six markers. The final was a 47-33 Titan victory.
“We played them even for two quarters but fell short in the end. Our defense is what kept us in the game,” said Trojan freshman head coach Oscar Vasquez.
James Graham led the Beeville scoring with 13 points. Timothy Rincon followed with eight markers. Audrick Moore and RJ Gonzales each hit for four tallies while Jarrett Garcia and Anthony Garcia both added two points.
In the junior varsity tilt, the visitors jumped out to a quick start. An opening 10-0 run put the Trojans in a hole. The Beeville boys scored the last three points in the first quarter to keep their deficit in single digits at 10-3.
The Beeville boys gathered themselves and began to hit their stride in the second seven minutes. The young Trojans recorded 13 second period points while their defense held the Titans to eight points. The score at the half had the Beeville Trojans down by just two, 18-16.
“We started out very slow on offense in the first half but played defense well enough to be within two points at halftime. We then had three consecutive turnovers that resulted in scores for East, an area that we’ve been struggling with all season,” said JV coach Zack Weathersby.
The two teams traded baskets for the most part in the third quarter, but the Titans edged a little further in front. The teams went into the final quarter with the Titans holding on to a four-point advantage, 29-25.
The Titans flexed their muscles and their shooting touch over the final period. The visitors hit for 15 points while the Trojans added eight points, to fall 44-33 to the Titans.
“We started out great in the second half with some stops defensively, including taking a couple of charges with some good team defense. Throughout the whole game, we just committed too many turnovers and didn’t convert at foul line going 5-19 from the free throw line,” said Weathersby.
Jacob Castro led the Beeville scoring attack with eight points. Justin Cantu finished with seven markers. Jesse Garza followed with six points. Steve Barrera recorded five points in the loss while Jacoby Veliz contributed four tallies on the night. Jordan Cantu closed out the scoring with three points for the Trojans.
The Trojan basketball teams were in Port Lavaca on Tuesday night and will be back at home on Friday night to host the Calallen Wildcats.