Taking time

Logan Blankenship takes a peak behind him on a breakaway to the basket.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team surrendered an early lead to the West Oso Bears and never recovered in a 54-43 loss Tuesday, Jan. 4 at West Oso.

The Pirates start the district season 0-1 with an overall record of 8-15.

After surrendering an early 9-0 lead to the Bears, the Pirates couldn’t get enough possessions together to close the gap. Head coach Damien Bates said it was ultimately what kept them from coming back.

“What hurt us, I thought, is we gave them that 9-0 lead,” said Bates.

Bates said he thought the team played well despite missing a couple injured starters against the #20 ranked 4A team in the state.

“I was proud of their effort and respected the way they played,” said Bates. “We’re still short-handed, still missing Anton (Dixon), still missing Chance (Bates), and Kyle Novak.

“When you’re putting a freshman and two sophomores out there and you’re asking them to go against one of the best defenses in the district, I’m absolutely proud of them.”

Mathew Vasquez led RFHS in scoring with 16 points.

Roman Cox followed with nine points. Andrew Estrada scored six points.

RFHS played Beeville Friday, Jan. 7. Their next game is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Ingleside.

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