By RANDY GONZALES

Special to the Telegram

HAYS Once again, the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys' basketball team had problems shooting the ball, making 29 percent of its shots.

Meanwhile, Ulysses shot 49 percent, never losing the lead in a 52-39 MSAA victory Friday night at A Billinger Fieldhouse.

"We moved the ball extremely well ... and I thought we rebounded the ball well," Ulysses coach Jason Jones said in watching his team improve to 7-1 for the season.

Ulysses led 14-9 after the first quarter, then outscored TMP-Marian 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead.

The Tigers never let the Monarchs get back in the game in the second half, leading 40-26 after three quarters.

"Boy howdy, we missed a lot of shots," said TMP-Marian coach Joe Hertel, who doesn't have a senior or returning starter on his squad, and only one player in the program who saw varsity minutes last season.

The player who did see limited varsity action last season, junior point guard Jordan Maska, led all scorers with 14 points.

Ulysses got 13 points apiece from senior guard Bryce Moral and junior guard Sergio Perez.

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Ulysses 52, TMP 39

Ulysses 14 17 9 12 52

TMP 9 9 8 13 39

Ulysses Zerr 7, Moral 13, Jarnagin 3, Langston 2, Perez 13, Kissell 6, Oliver 8.

TMP Hammeke 4, Maska 14, Werth 4, Zimmerman 4, P. Schippers 1, Pfeifer 1, Pinney 5, Schuckman 6.