The Tuloso-Midway Warriors basketball team won its first district game, 71-44, Friday night against the H.M. Kingsville Brahmas.
The Warriors came out shooting in the first quarter as Travis Nelson and Drew Becquet both had four points each in the quarter, but it was Phillip Belford who did the most damage with two 3-pointers and two field goals for 10 points in the first quarter.
Belford even stole the ball twice in the first quarter, including one steal he passed to Matt Willoughby, who laid the ball up for two points and drew a foul.
Kingsville coach Rory Minter was forced to call a time out as the Brahmas fell 10 points behind. The timeout didn't seem to do much good as the Warriors pulled ahead, 25-12, in the first quarter.
T-M only extended its lead by three points in the second quarter. Things could have been worse for Kingsville if Sean Cantu had not hit two 3-pointers as the Warriors defense shut down the inside lanes, making it very difficult to make short shots and lay ups.
The first half ended with T-M up 39-23.
Kingsville dropped further behind in the third quarter as the Brahmas' Travis King was the only player who managed to score, with four points.
The Warriors, on the other hand, put up 14 points in the third quarter. Belford, T-M's leading scorer, had six himself, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line, with 22 points on the night.
Kingsville made a run at it in the end, but they were too far gone to be able to get back in it with Joe Shaw scoring lay ups and Belford putting pressure from the outside.
"We just played hard. We're not very good, but we play hard and with intensity," said T-M Coach Bobby Craig. "We rebounded well tonight. Our guys have a lot of jump but the best part of our game is chemistry. We play really well because no one cares how many points they put up."
The Warriors faced the Calallen Wildcats on the road Tuesday and will return home to play the Robstown Cottonpickers Friday at about 8 p.m.