Logan Blankenship drives inside the paint for a tough bucket against Salado.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team hosted its inaugural holiday tournament called the Coach K Classic Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27 and 28. RFHS finished the tournament in 3rd place, going 3-1.

The Pirates home tourney was renamed from Toast of the Coast to the Coach K Classic in honor of former RFHS teacher/assistant basketball coach Christopher Kuykendall. Kuykendall unexpectedly passed away in June 2020. RFHS Head Coach Damien Bates renamed the tournament and established a scholarship fund for RFHS athletes pursing a college degree.

Bates said almost $2,000 was raised toward the fund.

RFHS is now 8-13 overall.

Teams competing in the Coach K Classic besides RFHS were Gregory-Portland (GP), Needville, Robstown, Port Aransas, Salado, Mathis, Calallen, Davenport, Aransas Pass, Alice, and Bandera.

The Pirates finished the first day of the tournament 2-0 with a 59-52 win over Gregory-Portland and a 49-45 win over Needville.

The wins put RFHS in gold seeding for day two.

On day two, RFHS lost a nail biter to Salado 52-48.

RFHS then defeated Calallen 66-46 to take third place.

Salado went on to win the tournament 50-47 over Bandera.

RFHS center Mathew Vasquez was voted All-Tournament.

RFHS played at San Diego Friday, Dec. 31. Their next game is a district opening contest at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 at West Oso.

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