By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Tarpons stayed close through most of the first half before the Buccaneers broke the game open with a 15-0 scoring run in the second quarter, eventually winning the bi-district playoff game, 80-59.
“We played right with them,” Head Basketball Coach Al Senteno reported Wednesday morning. “We were down by five with about two minutes to go in the half. They made some steals and went on a 15-0 run… we were down by 20 at the half.”
The Buccaneers maintained the lead in the second half. “We basically exchanged buckets in the second half,” Senteno said. “They played smart defense. They took away our transition offense.”
Senteno emphasized the positives in recognizing the accomplishments of this year’s team. “Our goal was to play for the district championship and we came up just short. And, of course, we wanted to win the first playoff game for the program in nine years. We won 20 games and we’ve got 10 guys coming back next year. We’re very proud of the seniors, and of the whole team.”
Dakota Torres led the Tarpons in scoring with 13 points and had five rebounds. Miguel Ramirez, Zach Reeves, and Alan Barrera each scored 11 points. Roger Villareal led the team with six rebounds, and Ramirez and Reeves each had five. Barrera and Villareal handed out five assists each and Isaiah Martinez contributed four. Barrera had four steals and Villareal made three.
The Tarpons finish the season with a 20-6 overall record and a second-place tie in the final District 32-3A regular season standings with La Feria.
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