By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
January 15, 2015
The Progreso Red Ants basketball team was as good as advertised, as the Port Isabel Tarpons found out Tuesday night in Tarpon Gym. The home team fell into a 10-0 hole in the first quarter and was never quite able to catch up as Progreso left town with a 58-50 win in a District 32-4A contest.
“We came out pretty flat … didn’t have a lot of energy to start the game, which is never a good way to start,” first-year head P.I. coach Nathan Janak said Wednesday afternoon. “The second quarter we picked it up a little bit.”
The Tarpons trailed 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, 23-16 at the half, and 42-31 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Halfway through the third period the Tarpons twice pulled within two, at 29-31 and 31-33, but that was as close as they could get. The Red Ants went out to a 46-31 lead early in the fourth. P.I. outscored Progreso 19-12 the rest of the way and that was a final, 58-50.
“I thought, last night, that we had about 2 ½ quarters of pretty high-intensity, energetic, effort-filled basketball,” Janak said. “But that quarter-and-a-half that we didn’t put us in a hole and it was difficult to dig out of it against a good-shooting team. We used so much energy to try to get back in the game that we were kinda’ spent.”
“They (Red Ants) shoot the ball well,” Janak said Wednesday. “They made a couple of deep threes early and another one late, and that kinda’ ended up being the difference in the game.”
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