The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team completed its sweep of the West Oso Bears 58-47 on a historic night Friday, Jan. 31 at home.
RFHS’ district record improves to 9-0 with an overall record of 23-6.
While the win over Oso could not have been any more important in RFHS’ quest to stay undefeated in District 31-4A, there was an historic milestone reached by one particular Pirate guard during the game.
Senior Konnor McMahon achieved the milestone of scoring more than 1,000 points in his varsity high school basketball career. Remarkably, this feat was achieved having only played on the varsity team since he was a sophomore. McMahon was not on the varsity team as a freshman.
McMahon said it had always been a dream of his since the first time he started watching high school basketball.
“For me to achieve it, it just feels amazing,” said McMahon.
Humbled by the moment, McMahon was adamant the focus going into the game against Oso was to win and nothing else.
“I knew I was getting close to 1,000 (points), but the object of tonight wasn’t to achieve that goal. The priority was to win,” said McMahon.
Since arriving before the 2018 season, RFHS Head Boys Basketball Coach Damien Bates began recording stats for all his varsity players. It was a special moment for McMahon, but it was also special for Bates as well.
“These are things my coach didn’t do (record stats) and its something I’ve always wanted to do to celebrate these guys when they accomplish something like that,” said Bates “He’s a hardworking kid, and I’m just super proud of him.”
Bates added that guard Tyson Cox is also nearing 1,000 points scored as well. Following the Oso game, he is around 100 points away.
In RFHS’ game against Oso, both teams were in a heated battle for three quarters. However, in the fourth quarter, RFHS began to pull away. Oso had no answer for RFHS in the paint as Cox, McMahon and Kaden Harder bullied the Bears in the fourth quarter. The RFHS defense also played its best in the fourth, holding Oso to 10 points to put the Bears away.
Harder led RFHS in scoring with 17 points.
McMahon and Cox followed with 16 points each.
After the game, Cox said the big win over back-to-back district champion West Oso keeps the teams’ momentum going in the quest to finish the district season undefeated.
“We’ve got to stay focused, stay attacking,” said Cox. “Everybody has to fill their part and whenever we’re rolling, we’re rolling. We just got to keep it up.”
RFHS played Orange Grove Tuesday, Feb. 4. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at Sinton.