The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team opened district play with a big win over the Ingleside Mustangs 56-36 Friday, Jan. 3 at home.

RFHS begins the district season 1-0 with an overall record of 15-6.

Led by a 20-point performance by Tyson Cox, RFHS pulled away from the Mustangs early and kept a lead throughout the game.

In the first quarter, both teams opened the game with three point shots and RFHS continued to hurt Ingleside from behind the line during the quarter. Cole Armstrong hit two 3-point field goals while Konnor McMahon knocked down one to give RFHS a small lead. Cox then scored four points in the latter end of the quarter to put RFHS up 17-11.

In the second, RFHS extended its lead early with another three-point shot by Armstrong. Ingleside struggled most of the quarter in finding good looks against the Pirate defense. Cox and McMahon combined for 12 points on drives into the paint and put RFHS up 34-19 at the half.

In the third, Ingleside struggled heavily against the Pirate defense and saw very few second chance opportunities as the Pirates grabbed numerous defensive rebounds. The Pirates also slowed down a bit offensively but continued to score inside with four points by Kaden Harder. The quarter ended with RFHS up 42-23.

In the fourth, Cox and company kept RFHS well ahead of Ingleside to close it out. Cox was unstoppable in the paint, scoring six points in the quarter and assisting on buckets scored by Harder and Chance Bates. Ingleside forced numerous fouls on drives into the paint as they tried to get back into the game, going 7-9 at the line. Armstrong hit his fourth 3-point shot of the game during the quarter and the deficit was too great for Ingleside to come back from, losing 56-36.

Cox led RFHS in scoring with 20 points.

Armstrong scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

McMahon followed with nine points.

RFHS played West Oso Tuesday, Jan. 7. Next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at home against Orange Grove.

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