Zapata in PI, Parents’ Night

Special to the PRESS

February 12, 2015

The Zapata Hawks will be in town this Friday evening for the penultimate district game of the 2014 – 2015 boys’ basketball season, and it will be Parents’ Night for the last home contest of the season.

Two games remain in the District 32-4A season and the Tarpons have only two wins in league play. This is a very young team that has gained valuable experience this season, and is never short on effort. This has been a learning experience and these guys will do their very best to close out the year on a pair of winning notes.

On Monday night the La Feria Lions, who are having an excellent season, came to Tarpon Gym and left with a dominating 72-30 win. The Tarpons led 12-8 in the first quarter before the visitors closed out the quarter with a 12-0 run, and the Lions doubled the Tarpons up with a 40-20 lead at the half. It was 66-24, La Feria at the end of three.

“We had a great start – really played well at the beginning of the game, made some easy shots,” head Tarpon coach Nathan Janak said Wednesday afternoon. “Then La Feria really turned up their defensive intensity and that bothered us. It really affected our young players.”

Last Friday at Progreso, the Tarpons lost a close one to the Red Ants, 44-40. Port Isabel won the JV contest, 47-25. There was no freshman game.

It was a sweep for La Feria Monday night as the Lions won the JV and freshmen games, 40-10 and 52-50 respectively.

In the first game with Zapata last month, on the road, PI got the win, 54-45.

“We’ve got Zapata coming in Friday night,” Coach Janak said. “They’re a team we competed with – we actually beat them over there a few weeks ago. We’ll look to duplicate that and have that same effort.”

“They’re (Zapata Hawks) actually tied for fourth place right now, so if we could knock them … not necessarily knock them out of the playoffs. We’re just worried about our kids playing hard, doing the right thing and picking up a win. That would be nice in the last game at home.”

“The kids know we can compete with them. We’ve done it before. That’s what we’ve talked about and that’s what we’ll try to build on in practice today and tomorrow.”

The Tarpons will close out the season next Monday, Feb. 16, at Rio Hondo.

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