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Josh Lee dribbles down the baseline through a Beeville guard looking for an open Pirate.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team opened the game with four straight 3-point field goals (FG). The accuracy from long range sunk the Beeville Trojans and gave RFHS the cushion to remain on top to the end 55-26 Friday, Jan. 17 in Beeville.

RFHS’ district record improves to 5-0 with an overall record of 19-6.

The first place Pirates took care of business against the Trojans with an all-out assault from long range that made for a lively first quarter.

In the first quarter, Beeville opened with a 4-0 lead that vanished as quickly as it had appeared. Konnor McMahon, Cole Armstrong, and Tyson Cox hit four 3-point FG’s that put the game at 12-4. Three of the shots were back-to-back-to-back; Armstrong sunk two of the four 3-point shots. The explosive series gave RFHS a 15-6 lead to end the first.

In the second, RFHS steadily grew its lead over Beeville with shots by McMahon and Armstrong, whom added his third 3-point FG during the quarter. Beeville was held to 0 points through the first four minutes. However, in the final four minutes, RFHS turned the ball over numerous times and put Beeville in a good spot to end the half, allowing 10 points to RFHS’ nine. The uncharacteristic errors by RFHS put the score at 24-16.

In the third, RFHS picked up from where they left off in the first quarter and scored in bunches to build a big cushion between them and Beeville. McMahon and Cox attacked the interior of the Beeville defense and finished on multiple shots. Chance Bates scored his first points of the game on a 3-point FG. While RFHS struggled at the line, going 3-7, its defense was playing well against Beeville. The collective play for RFHS gave them a 41-22 lead to end the quarter.

In the fourth, RFHS continued to play good defense and finished in the paint. Garrett Loudermilk worked his way into the offense, netting four points. Cox also controlled the game, allowing the Trojans very few possessions as RFHS held the ball offensively. Jeremy Hawkins also scored his first and only points of the game on a 3-point FG. RFHS’ 14 fourth quarter points put them comfortably ahead of Beeville to secure the 55-26 win.

Cox led RFHS in scoring with 13 points.

McMahon and Armstrong finished with 11 points each.

RFHS played Kingsville Tuesday, Jan. 21. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Robstown.

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