This weekend was the inaugural Breaking Blue Holiday Tournament in the newly renovated Trojan Gymnasium. The tournament featured the boys’ and girls’ teams from Las Animas, La Veta, South Baca and Manzanola. The tournament was a tremendous opportunity for the Las Animas community to put their best foot forward for hospitality and for the school district to show off its facilities.
The first round of the tournament faced South Baca Patriots and the La Veta Redskins. In both boys’ and girls’ brackets, the Patriots emerged victorious by a substantial margin.
In the second half of both brackets, the Las Animas Trojans squared off against the Manzanola Bobcats.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Trojans sputtered out of the gate against the Lady Bobcats. Both teams combined for a total of 9 in the first quarter, and in the end the Lady Trojans only won by a margin of 36-31. The win set them into the winners bracket to play for the championship on Saturday.
Summer Lovato led all scorers with 13 followed by Sierra Gonzales with 9.
On the boys’ side of the bracket, the games were a little more action-packed. In a game that saw three technical fouls from the Manzanola Bobcats, and a significant swing in momentum from the first to the second quarter, the fans got their money’s worth.
The first quarter saw the Bobcats come out swinging and going up by a margin of 6, 16-10. But in the second, the Trojans took control to gain back the lead, 29-22.
From there, the stats were relatively equal, but the Trojans garnered a 51-57 victory in their first game of the Breaking Blue Holiday Shootout.
Diego Hernandez, Devon Frazier and Jacob O’Connor, all seniors, each poured in 12 points to aid the Trojans.
On Saturday, the La Veta boys and girls teams defeated Manzanola for 3rd place.
In the championship brackets, the girls played first. In the match against the South Baca Lady Patriots, the Lady Trojans struggled to get any momentum on the floor, and in the second half, didn’t score a bucket. This stagnation led to a 58-9 loss.
On the boys’ side, the production was much the same in the first half. In the second half, however, the Trojans began to pick up steam. At the half, South Baca went to the locker room with a 40-7 lead.
After the half, though, the Trojans made up some of their deficit, but 33 points was too much to overcome as they fell 69-40.
Nick Chavez led all scorers with 15.
All-Tourney winners for the Trojans were Diego Hernandez, Devon Frazier and Jacob O’Connor.
This week, the Trojans travel to Hoehne on Saturday and then host the Crowley County Chargers on Tuesday. Both games are set for a 5 p.m. start.