Warhorses compete in Rockport-Fulton Tournament

The Warhorse traveled down to Rockport-Fulton to compete in their last tournament of the season. “We went 1-3 at the Rockport-Fulton Tournament. We lost to Rockport 50-51 in a tightly contested ballgame. Got off to a slow start and then won the final 3 quarters. Lost to a tough, well coached team in #17 ranked Aransas Pass by 8. We took the lead in the middle of 3rd quarter and then had several lapses on defense down the stretch. Lost to a talented, #10 ranked Hallettsville team by 3 and had the last shot to go to OT. Beat a much improved Bandera team 42-34. We didn’t bring a lot of intensity to the game and had a hard time making shots. It was great competition and will definitely help us in preparing for the upcoming district games.” Coach Paul Wells
Opening the tournament against Rockport Fulton, the Warhorses played an intense game and battled back and forth for the lead. They fell 50-51 in their closest loss of the season.
Leonard Pompa 7, Dalton Kramer 8, Sergio Martinez 4, Matthew Madrid 46, Justin Contreras 18, Andrew Perez 13. FTP 62%. Q1 6-15, Q2 20-27, Q3 35-40, Q4 50-51.
Playing two state ranked teams in one tournament is a rough way to lose two games but the Warhorses fought back against the tough defense and kept their offense from scoring easy shots. They fell to Aransas Pass 52-60 and Hallettsville 26-30.
Aransas Stats: Pompa 20, Kramer 9, Martinez 6, Mason Burford 5, Madrid 6, J. Contreras 4, Perez 2. FTP 45%. Q1 17-18, Q2 28-30, Q3 38-46, Q4 52-60.
Hallettsville Stats: Kramer 5, Martinez 4, Burford 5, Kam Adams 5, J. Contreras 17. FTP 70%. Q1 13-12. Q2 16-16, Q3 26-30, Q4 36-39.
In their final game of the tournament, the Warhorses turned it around and beat Bandera 42-34. They took control of the game and slowly increased their lead. This was a big win for the Warhorses as it ended 2019 with a record of 10-8.
Kramer 7, Martinez 6, Burford 7, Adams 12, J. Contreras 10. FTP 77%. Q1 6-5. Q2 17-15, Q3 25-21, Q4 42-31.
Facing Cotulla on January 3rd, the Warhorses put strong defensive pressure on the Cotulla shooters and outscored them every quarter. “We were very focused and intense to begin the game vs. Cotulla and got out to a big lead. Kids played hard, smart, and together. Cotulla has had some good wins so it was good to get a win coming out of the tournament.” Coach Wells
Pompa 8, Kramer 3, Jose Dozel 13, Burford 7, Madrid 4, Adams 12, J, Contreras 11, Xavier Contreras 4. FTP 60%. Q1 18-13, Q2 32-16, Q3 50-26, Q4 62-36.
The Warhorses played Marion last night, will face Lytle on the road Friday, Fredericksburg at home Monday night and then host their first district game against Crystal City January 17th. The Warhorses are 11-8 as of January 6th.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer