The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team took over the top spot in District 31-4A with a 51-40 win over the Sinton Pirates Tuesday, Jan. 14 at home

RFHS’ district record improves to 4-0 with an overall record of 18-6.

After Sinton took a six-point lead following the first quarter, RFHS fought back with an electric second quarter to regain the lead.

RFHS sustained the lead for the remainder of the game with great defense in the paint and a big fourth quarter offensively to ice the game and send Sinton home with its first loss of the district season.

“It absolutely was a team effort. I don’t care who (RFHS team) scored 20 points or 0 points,” said RFHS Head Boys Basketball Coach Damien Bates. “The reason I say that, is we put a game plan together defensively and when you hold a team like Sinton with as much offensive firepower as they have to 40 points, the boys executed exactly what we wanted to do.”

While Bates’ seniors, Konnor McMahon, Tyson Cox, and Cole Armstrong came up big in points, Bates said Kaden Harder was also a huge contributor in how they wanted to contain Sinton.

“He’s a super talented, athletic kid and we’re trying to get him to understand his potential,” said Bates. “If we can get him to play that hard every single night, he’s going to be a heck of a player for us.”

Coach Bates also said the home crowd and student section, led by Zachary Zavala and Ashton Hargrove, was extremely critical in its big win over district rival Sinton.

“Holy cow did they come out tonight,” said Bates. “They fed us, they gave us that energy and they brought it all night long.”

McMahon led RFHS in scoring with 19 points and hit three 3-point field goals. He was also 6-6 in free throws.

Cole Armstrong scored 12 points and Tyson Cox finished with 11.

RFHS played Beeville Friday, Jan. 17. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home against Kingsville.

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