To the basket

Joshua Hadley makes a move around a Miller forward.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team lost to the Miller Buccaneers 54-32 Friday, Feb. 12 at home.

RFHS’ district record moves to 4-7 with an overall record of 10-14.

The Pirates are still alive to make the postseason. However, they need to win their last district game of the season against Calhoun.

As of press deadline Monday, Feb. 15, their scheduled game with Calhoun was moved to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at home due to inclement weather. There is a possibility it could be delayed to Wednesday as well.

After Calhoun plays RFHS, they will play another district game against West Oso the next day. If Calhoun loses to RFHS and West Oso, RFHS advances to the postseason as the fourth seed in District 26-4A.

Against Miller, RFHS Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Damien Bates said the team’s inability to score in spurts hurts them when playing a tough opponent.

“We have spurts where we just don’t score and then other teams do and that’s kind of what happened tonight,” said Bates.

Bates said they treated the game with Miller as if it was a playoff game.

“I love our kids, they play hard,” said Bates. “They give me everything they have, we just have to learn how to finish. We’ve got to learn how to do a couple little things (here and there), and if we can do that, it’ll put us in games more and possibly be able to win them.”

Chance Bates led RFHS in scoring with 10 points.

Ace Seibert followed with six points.

Mathew Vasquez and Josh Lee scored four points each.

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