Victoria College to host weekend tourney

Stephen Herzog

Jan. 6, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2011 at 7:06 p.m.

With a new year comes many changes for Victoria College basketball.

They've added two new players to the roster, Carlos Cortez and Rock Martin.

They've finished a new floor for the basketball court.

And starting Friday night, they'll be hosting their first tournament with three other teams coming in.

Of the two new players, Cortez will likely be the one local fans know. He graduated from Austwell-Tivoli after playing for Calhoun for three years.

He's transferred from Texas Lutheran and is starting classes this semester at Victoria College.

"I'm appreciative of the chance to keep playing the game I love," Cortez said. "If I could go back and do it again, I most likely would have started here."

Cortez said he knows many players go on to school and want to play on the biggest stage possible, but he thinks the opportunity to play near home is one more players should take advantage of.

"It feels good to play near home," he said. "My family has been really supportive of my move."

Cortez is joined by Martin, who went to school in Bryan.

Head coach Jona Anderson said both players are guards - Martin is more of a defensive specialist, while Cortez has more of a reputation as a scorer.

Anderson said it'll take some time to get both of them familiar with the system and their teammates, but he sees good things on the horizon.

"I think there's an opportunity for both of them to be successful," he said. "It's not going to happen overnight, but I see them both playing a large role for this team."

They'll get their chance to do just that this weekend as Coastal Bend College, Shreveport SUSLA and the Houston Experience of the Texas Professional Basketball League all come to town.

Coastal Bend and Susla will start it off on Friday at 6 p.m., with Victoria College and the Houston team to follow.

Victoria College will then play SUSLA at noon on Saturday, with Houston and Coastal Bend to follow at 2 p.m.

The team is looking forward to playing on the new floor, but most importantly, they're happy to be playing at home.

For most of the first half of the season, the Pirates were playing on the road, including a trip in December to Dallas.

Now, they'll be hosting the majority of their games to start the second half, all at the gym at Victoria College, complete with the newly finished floor.

Anderson said they only started thinking about putting in a new floor about a month and a half ago. They started a few days before Christmas, and just finished on Tuesday.



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