By LARRY GAGE
The Port Isabel Tarpons took the bus to La Feria Tuesday night to try to sweep the season series with the Lions and gain the district’s third playoff berth. The Lions turned the tables on the Tarpons, winning the game, 64-51, and taking the last playoff spot for themselves in the process. Port Isabel won the first game against the Lions, 67-56, in P.I. on January 21.
It was a very low-scoring game early on, with the home team in front 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. “The score was 2-0 four minutes into the game,” head coach Al Senteno said in the athletic offices the next day. “…we played great defense. We just couldn’t hit a shot…nothing was falling. We missed a lot of free throws, a lot of easy shots.”
The two squads scored a total of 25 points in the second period and the Tarpons stayed close, 20-16, but were already in foul trouble. “We were in foul trouble the first half,” Senteno said. “It took us out of some of the things we like to do. I still thought we were okay…we were only down by four at halftime.” The Lions extended the lead to 10, 44-34, at the end of three quarters.
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