The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team lost to the West Oso Bears 39-28 Tuesday, Jan. 26 after surrendering a slim halftime lead at home.
RFHS’ district record moves to 3-4 and their overall record 9-11.
The loss moves RFHS to fifth place in District 26-4A standings with five games remaining in the regular season.
RFHS put themselves in good position to start the game, beginning with a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. However, two 3-point field goals (FG) by Oso erased RFHS’ lead and ended the quarter trailing 8-7.
In the second quarter, RFHS kept Oso uncomfortable on the perimeter. Mathew Vasquez and Joshua Hadley went after Oso in the post and tested them throughout the quarter. Combined, they scored eight of RFHS’ nine points and gave RFHS a one point advantage at the half 16-15.
In the third quarter, Oso found their rhythm again on the outside and hit a flurry of 3-point FG’s to retake the lead. The Pirates struggled with turnovers throughout the second half, leading to more scoring opportunities for Oso.
In the fourth quarter, RFHS managed to score only four points from buckets by Josh Lee and Vasquez. Oso finished with 10 points in the fourth and ran away from the Pirates in the end.
Vasquez led RFHS in scoring with 18 points.
Hadley followed with seven points and Lee scored three points.
After playing at Beeville Friday, Jan. 29, RFHS’ next game is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 against Ingleside.