The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team lost its first district game of the season to a red-hot Sinton Pirates team that, unfortunately, could not miss a shot in an 84-62 loss Friday, Feb. 7 at Sinton.

RFHS’ district record moves to 10-1 with an overall record of 24-7.

The good news for RFHS is they still control their own fate to win the district.

RFHS is in first place in District 31-4A with a 10-1 record while Sinton remains in second with a 9-2 district record. As long as RFHS wins its final three district games, they will remain ahead of Sinton.

“We’re still in the drivers seat,” said RFHS Head Boys Basketball Coach Damien Bates. “If we go win the next three we’re still district champs and that’s the way we got to look at it.”

Bates said the loss is something the team needs to learn from in order to finish the last three district games strong.

“With the loss, it kind of resets you, and you go back to work, you go back to playing a little bit harder; refocusing. So that’s what we’re going to try to do with it,” said Bates.

In the game against Sinton, Bates said Sinton played its best game against RFHS.

“That’s probably the best that any teams ever played against us this year,” said Bates. “It’s the most points we’ve given up, it’s the highest shooting percentage we’ve given up, and we were just hoping they weren’t going to hit (shoot) that well,” said Bates.

Sinton ended up hitting nine 3-point field goals against RFHS.

While Sinton played an excellent game offensively, it also didn’t help that RFHS was called for numerous fouls on moving screens as they tried to keep pace with Sinton.

“After watching film, we were moving, and we stuck out a knee sometimes when we shouldn’t have. We just didn’t do what we needed to in that instance,” said Bates.

Tyson Cox led RFHS in scoring with 32 points.

Konnor McMahon followed with 17 points and Cole Armstrong scored 10 points.

RFHS played Tuesday, Feb. 11 against Beeville. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Kingsville.

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