Bishop Classic basketball tourney results
Three area teams competed in the second annual Bishop Classic basketball tournament this weekend, with the Kingsville Brahmas finishing in third place, the Riviera Seahawks in sixth and Bishop Badgers in seventh.
The Brahmas dropped their first game of the tournament to the Incarnate Word Angels, 85-79, in overtime.
Kingsville trailed, 12-0, after the first four minutes of the game, they battled back after halftime to take the lead, which both teams then traded back and forth over the final two quarters.
The Brahmas held the lead in the final seconds before an off-balance three-point shot from the top of the key gave the Angels a 73-73 tie at the end of regulation and forced overtime.
“That was an exciting game and we learned a lot from it,” Kingsville Coach Karron Taylor said. “We were playing to win and that will pay dividends for us. ”
Th e responded from that loss to defeat the Odem Owls (60-28), the Robstown Cottonpickers (62-61) and the Mathis Pirates (64-20).
Against Odem, Kristian Warren led the team with 25 points, Giancarlo Bruschetta had 17 and Anthony Rios had 14.
The Brahmas used lastsecond magic of their own to get the one-point win over Robstown.
Down by eight in the final minute, Max Killion hit two three-pointers to get the Bulls within two before Angel Cantu knocked in another three-point shot at the buzzer for the win.
Taylor credited the job his bench did in the game and specifically mentioned the defense John “Bam” Houston played off the bench against Robstown’s top scorers in the second half .
Both Warren and Bruschetta were named to the all-tournament team.
Riviera fell to Mathis in their first game of the weekend, but then picked up a last-second win over Bishop (67-66) before falling to the Skidmore- Tynan Bobcats and the Robstown Cottonpickers (81-55).
“We’re getting better every week,” Riviera Coach Abel Trevino said. “We’ll be ready for district play.”
Bishop suffered three losses to start the tournament against Skidmore-Tynan, the buzzer-beating loss to Riviera and Mathis (49-38) before picking up a win over the Odem Owls, 60-56.
“I told the guys you don’t want a lot of those close games,” Bishop Coach William Johnson said his team’s close games during the tournament. “It does help in the long run, though, having confidence in dealing with pressure.”
The Brahmas host Sinton Friday, with the freshmen playing at 5 p.m. and junior varsity and varsity teams to follow.
After playing their close game during the tournament, Riviera and Bishop meet up again Friday, this time in District 32-2A competition. The varsity teams tip off at 7:30 p.m. in Bishop.