While the Tuloso-Midway Warriors varsity basketball game against the Alice Coyotes Tuesday night started out competitively, it wasn't long before T-M took over the game. In the end, the Warriors won 76-55, further cementing their second-place standing in District 31-4A.
After falling behind by four points at beginning the game, the Coyotes soon gained a 5-4 advantage. The two teams traded the lead for a while until the Warriors' Travis Nelson nailed a jumper with 26 seconds left in the first, followed by a three-point shot by Matt Willoughby to give T-M a 17-13 lead at the close of the quarter.
In the second, the Warriors started to pull away from the Coyotes, outscoring them 20-6 by the end of the half. Grant Wilson and Dobie Craig both hit three-pointers in the quarter. Wilson also hit four of his five free throws.
The third quarter continued with the Warriors dominating the three-point range as Wilson and Bobby Southard each hit one early on. Southard would hit another one before the end of the third, along with Willoughby and Nelson. By the end of the third, T-M held a 60-32 advantage.
The Warriors' offense faltered some in the fourth quarter, but not enough to cost T-M their sizeable lead as they came away with a 76-55 victory.
Of the Warriors' 76 points, 30 came from three-pointers. Both Nelson and Wilson led T-M with 23 points. Southard finished with 11 points. The Warriors also went 18-24 from the free throw line.
Despite the win, T-M head coach Bobby Craig was disappointed with the Warriors' performance in the game.
"Horrible," Craig said. "The worst we've played in three months."
For Alice, Javier Castillo led his team with 15 points. Michael Johnson finished with 11 points, including two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
T-M also won their Friday game against the H.M. King Brahmas, 73-33, putting the Warriors' district record at 6-2. T-M will next travel to Laredo Friday night to take on the Cigarroa Toros.
Their next home game will be against the Laredo-LBJ Wolves Tuesday at 7 p.m.