Up for two

Chance Bates gets around an OG forward in a move to the basket for a layup.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team moved to a 3-0 start in the district season with a win over the Orange Grove (OG) Bulldogs 60-38 Friday, Jan. 10 at home.

RFHS’ overall record improves to 17-6.

The Pirates got off to a slow start in the first quarter but got rolling offensively in the second quarter and contained the Bulldogs the rest of the game.

In the first quarter, both teams started slow but with 5:30 remaining, RFHS got on the board first on a layup by Konnor McMahon after a steal by Cole Armstrong. McMahon and Josh Lee also recorded steals that led to buckets by both players. However, OG recovered with a 3-point field goal (FG) to keep it close 10-8.

In the second, RFHS slowly worked to increase its lead with an early 3-point FG by Armstrong. Jeremy Hawkins also sank a 3-point FG with just over three minutes remaining. OG continued to find creases in the RFHS’ defense and finished at the basket to keep it close. However, McMahon got into a groove and closed out the quarter with consecutive finishes at the net to give RFHS a 30-19 lead at the half.

In the third, Armstrong opened the quarter with two big baskets from behind the arc. He later recovered a ball going out of bounds and turned it into an assist to Chance Bates, whom finished on a layup. OG also hit two 3-pointers of their own to answer Armstrong. Armstrong later finished on a layup along with Cox to slightly increase its lead over OG 42-27.

In the fourth, the Pirates extended their lead with numerous finishes by Tyson Cox under the basket. Bates and Kaden Harder also scored four points each with assists by Cox and Armstrong. RFHS built up a resounding lead and cruised to a victory over OG 60-38.

Armstrong led RFHS in scoring with 17 points, hitting three 3-point FG’s.

McMahon followed with 13 points and Cox finished with 11.

RFHS played Sinton Tuesday, Jan. 14. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Beeville.

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