The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team made quick work of the Robstown Cotton Pickers in a 63-28 blowout to stay perfect through the first half of play in District 31-4A Friday, Jan. 24 in Robstown.

RFHS’ district record improves to 7-0 with an overall record of 21-6.

The Pirates picked up an easy win over the last place team in District 31-4A. RFHS Head Basketball Coach Damien Bates said the health and consistency of play for his team will be key to maintaining a strong run through the second half of the district season.

“It’s staying healthy. You know, an ankle here, an ankle there (and it can be different),” said Bates. “Just praying the good Lord keeps us healthy, after that it’s just a matter of staying focused and knowing its not going to be easy.”

In the first quarter, RFHS got off to slow start until Tyson Cox took over offensively with drives to the basket to give RFHS a seven-point cushion.

In the second, RFHS began to extend its lead open with good shots from long range. Konnor McMahon, Chance Bates, and Ty Klender all converted on 3-point field goals (FG). McMahon hit two 3-point FG’s while Cox continued to make moves to the basket and went 3-4 from the line. RFHS led 30-10 at the half.

In the third, RFHS had five players score in a team effort to put away Robstown. McMahon and Jeremy Hawkins hit one 3-point FG each while Cox and Kaden Harder pressured the interior defense of Robstown. RFHS built its lead to 47-15 to end the third.

In the fourth, RFHS hit three more 3-point FG’s on shots by C. Bates, Cox, and Hawkins. The Pickers hit two 3-point FG’s themselves, but needed to hit a lot more in its 63-28 defeat at home.

Cox led RFHS in scoring with 19 points.

McMahon scored 15 points and Hawkins finished with eight points.

Coach Bates said he expects the second half of district play to get “scrappy,” as other teams in the hunt fight for playoff contention.

“Teams get desperate, and they’ll do whatever they can to try to get a win to get in and when they get in those modes, they become scary,” said Bates. “That’s why Ingleside beat Oso, that’s why Beeville beat Sinton; those teams are scrapping and they want to get in.”

RFHS played Ingleside Tuesday, Jan. 28. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at home versus West Oso.

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