Bloomington claims District 29-3A opener against Goliad

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

Jan. 12, 2018 at 10:21 p.m.

Bloomington's Raymond Martinez (3) dribbles the ball against Goliad during Friday's District 29-3A game at the Bloomington gym.

Bloomington's Raymond Martinez (3) dribbles the ball against Goliad during Friday's District 29-3A game at the Bloomington gym.   Qiling Wang/qwang@vicad.com for The Victoria Advocate

BLOOMINGTON - Raymond Martinez admitted he still thinks about last year's Class 3A bi-district loss to San Diego.

It's been the senior point guards motivation since the team's first practice.

"It really hurt us last year," Martinez said. "It motivated us a lot, and we're trying to make our town proud. We want to keep going and keep winning."

During Friday night's District 29-3A opener against Goliad, Martinez looked to be as motivated as ever after scoring a team-high 30 points to lead Bloomington to a 65-58 district win over the Tigers at the Bloomington gym.

"We all worked as a team and coached helped us keep it going," Martinez said. "We worked as a team and pushed through."

With the game shifting back and forth in the first half, the second half came down to two shooting guards.

Martinez for the Bobcats (11-11, 1-0) and Rocky Morris for the Tigers. (5-18, 0-1)

Morris scored a game-high 39 points to pace the Goliad offense and power the Tigers to a 20-point third quarter.

But the Bobcats outscored the Tigers 18-17 in the fourth quarter to maintain their lead after taking a 24-21 halftime lead.

"This group never quits," said Bloomington coach Jameson Grasshoff. "This team has high aspirations. Getting to the playoffs last season told us about our goals. We're not shooting for just playoffs, we're shooting for championships."

Both team's continue district play Tuesday.

Goliad travels to Odem, while Bloomington remains home against Skidmore-Tynan.

"No matter who we're playing, we're looking for a win," Grasshoff said. "We're going to go in and try to get to 2-0 and keep the streak going."

Goliad girls defeat Bloomington

Kassidy Nicholson scored 22 points to lead Goliad to a 44-20 District 29-3A win over Bloomington on Friday at the Bloomington gym.

The Tigerettes' (4-17, 1-3) victory over the LadyCats was their first district win of the season. Tessa Ross also provided a spark in the paint by scoring nine points.

Kennidy Nicholson and Kaci Hotz combined for eight points.

The Lady Cats were led by Julissa Aguirre, who scored 12 points.

Both teams continue district play Tuesday. Goliad is on the road against Odem, while Bloomington remains home to play Skidmore-Tynan.

Bloomington 65, Goliad 58

Points - (Bloomington) Clayton Janis 4, Raymond Martinez 31, LeJames Norman 6, D.J. Miller 1, Marcos Gonzalez 10, Jayden Kueker 6, Dylan Chapa 7. (Goliad) Morris 39, Clay 6, Bland 5, Reitz 2, Savoy 1, Brady 2, Wimberly 3

Halftime - Bloomington 24-21. 3-Pointers - Janis, Martinez 2, Norman, Kueker, Morris 6, Clay.


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