Short-handed Titans fall to Floresville in opener
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From the opening tip-off of the 2012-2013 Victoria East boys season opener Thursday night, Floresville cruised to a 61-49 victory over the Titans at the District Events Center.
"We did a lot of good things. Our defense did a good job of forcing them to take the shots we wanted them to take. We just didn't get the rebound," East head coach John Grammer said. "Especially in the second half that stood out."
Senior Xavier Ellis led East in scoring with 11 points, while Trevon Ramey led the team in rebounds with six.
However, despite the solid performances from their seniors, the Titans hurt themselves with numerous turnovers.
"Turnovers were a factor, but I probably expected that," Grammer said. "I didn't expect us to get beat on the boards like we did, though. I really thought with our size and depth would do a better job of dominating the paint. I'm kind of disappointed we didn't tonight."
The Titans only lead of the night came after a minute of play when Ramey made one of two free throws. Twenty-two seconds later, Estevan Mendiola hit a 3-pointer to give Floresville the lead it would never give up.
Floresville led by just seven points at the end of the first quarter after converting a pair of East turnovers into six points. Another pair of turnovers by East allowed the Tigers to begin the second quarter on a 5-1 run.
"You'll see a different team from us in time," Grammer said. "We're learning a new style, a new system. We showed at times when we did a really good job, but we didn't finish. On offense we didn't finish, we didn't make the pass or make the shot. On defense, we just didn't get enough rebounds."
Midway through the second, East trailed by just seven points after Terry Kinney drove to the basket for two points. But the Tigers went on an 11-4 run to end the second quarter and give them a 37-22 lead at halftime.
The Titans came out of the halftime break on fire, scoring six points in the first two minutes, while holding Floresville to one field goal, cutting the deficit to 11 points.
After East cut the Tigers's lead to 10 points with four and a half minutes to go in the third quarter, the Titans were held scoreless until the 1:50 mark. By then Floresville led 50-33.
East's best quarter of action was in the final one of the night when the Titans outscored Floresville 14-8, including seven points in the final 44 seconds of action.
"We have nothing to be ashamed about," Grammer said. "I thought we had a really good run there at the end."
The Titans were without three of their starters in the opener because of the football playoffs, but Grammer said because Floresville was without their football players that it didn't have a big impact on the game.
"It had some impact, but they were without their football players too," Grammer said. "I don't know how many, but it would've helped our depth like when we got into foul trouble."
The Titans had just three other players in reserve Thursday night.
Senior Jalen Wilson finished second on the team in points scored with eight. Junior Justin Shaw and Kinney each had seven points, as did Ramey.
Shaw and Ellis each finished the night with four rebounds and Kinney had three.