By MARINA WISE
Special to the PRESS
Playoffs. This term elicits thoughts of hard work, sweat, teamwork, dedication, and last but not least, championships. Both the 13U and 14U Port Isabel Tarpon basketball teams got a taste of the post-season this summer. The 14U Tarps might get to savor a Brownsville Midnight Summer League championship.
The 14U Tarpons defeated their 13-year-old counterparts in a friendly semi-final match Monday evening. The game was a nail-biter, as the 13U Tarps held their own and had several scoring streaks.
Actually, the 13-year-olds scored a quick six points right off the bat thanks to Bryan Medina, Alex Lozano and Baltazar Hinojosa, leaving the 14-year-olds scoreless for the first portion of the game. Soon after the 13U’s quick run though, Alek Zermeno and Hector Gonzalez of the 14U found a way to get their team on the board with a few 3-pointers. Emilio Galvan and Tavian Ellison contributed to the 14U’s effort with a steal and score each. Although the scoreboard read 17-8 in the 14-year-olds’ favor when the halftime buzzer sounded, the 13-year-olds played hard throughout the entire first and second quarters, particularly Hinojosa, who had collected 4 points and 3 rebounds by that time.
As for the second half, it went a lot like the first. The 13U started off on a scoring fury, as Daniel Rinza scored 5 points, Edgar Orduna scored 2 points, and the Lozano-Hinojosa duo scored a combined 8 points. Again, though, the 13-year-olds’ strong run was halted after a member of the 14-year-olds, Cesar Aguilera, sank a basket from behind the arc for 3 points. After that, 14U teammates Zermeno, Galvan, Darius Garza, and Nic Camacho began their own scoring frenzy up until the final seconds of the game. In the end, the 14-year-olds took the semi-final win with a score of 34-23 and earned a spot in the championship game, which will take place Friday, July 24 at Gonzalez Gym in Brownsville.
Both the 13U and 14U teams had a strong showing in both the regular season and playoffs thanks to the dedication of all players and their coaches, Chol Perez, Laura Perez, and Cristopher Perez.
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