By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
It was an exact reversal last Friday of the good fortune recently enjoyed by the Port Isabel boys and girls basketball teams. Both squads lost, with the Tarpons going down, 64-58, at Tarpon Gym, and the Lady Tarpons, 54-25, at Rio Hondo.
Port Isabel Coach Al Senteno’s Tarpons got off to a great start against the visiting Bobcats. A three-point play gave Rio Hondo the early lead, but Port Isabel got off a 14-2 run and led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Tarpons kept up the pace and were up by as many as 11 in the second period, but the ‘Cats fought back and it was 33-27 at the break.
Port Isabel was ahead by 11 again in the third quarter, but with less than half a minute to go, the Bobcats made two steals and scored seven quick points to pull within three, 49-46, at the buzzer.
It was 53-52, Tarpons, midway through the fourth, but Rio Hondo scored the next six points to go up 58-53. P.I. came within two at one point, but the visitors got the final four points and that was a final, 64-58.
“We played with a lot of heart, and I thought the momentum changed at the end of the third quarter,” Senteno said. “That (10-2) run was the game changer.”
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