Seventh-grade MMS Trojans capture tourney title at Victoria Stroman
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Trojan JV post Tyler Stewart goes up to block a shot from Pettus Eagle John Hairston in Tuesday night’s action in Beeville. Hairston got the shot off over Stewart but did not make the basket. The JV Eagles posted a 45-43 win over the Beeville boys.
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VICTORIA – The Moreno Middle School seventh-grade A basketball team went undefeated at the Stroman Middle School tournament over the weekend to bring the championship trophy back to the Beeville campus.

The first game was played on Friday against El Campo, with the Trojans getting the victory, 32-4. Leading scorers were Augie Canas with nine points and the Cantu twins, Justin and Jordan, both scoring eight. Steve Barrera came in with five markers, and Audrick Moorer had two.

The second round contest to advance to the championship finals was played on Saturday morning with the Trojans taking it to their opponent Travis with a big win, 41-14.

Leading scorers for that game were Justin Cantu with a 15-point outburst, brother Jordan, who added 10 points, and Adolf Garcia with six tallies. Canas finished with four points, while Jacob Castro, Barrera and Michael Virata sank two apiece.

That big win sent the young Trojans to the championship game against Cade Middle School. With the Trojans fired up, they dominated the Cade Wildcats, winning 46-16, to claim the first place trophy.

Leading scorers for that game were Justin Cantu with 16 points and Jordan and Canas, both with 10. Virata added four, while Castro, Bryan Reyna and Garcia contributed two each.

“The Trojans played three great games this weekend. The defense created a lot of turnovers, which helped the Trojans outscore their opponents during the tournament 119-35,” said coach Ricardo Maldonado.

With the Trojans playing great defense, it was hard to compete with the team. Along with the fast breaking and quick ball movement on offense, it was hard for the opponents to stop the Trojans from scoring at will.

“The Trojans did great fundamentally with their passing, blocking out and short range game. We worked the ball to the inside and let our big boys go to work, as we had 77 points coming from our three posts,” Maldonado said.

“We, at Moreno, are very proud of our young Trojans as they continue to get better and better. As of right now, the A team sports a record of 6-0 for the season.”

The MMS boys played in Calallen on Thursday night before taking a break for the holidays.
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