By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Tarpons lost a district basketball game at Rio Hondo on Monday, 71-68.
It was the team’s second straight loss in league play. Last Friday they fell to Hidalgo, 65-49, at Tarpon Gym.
The good news is that the Tarpons have clinched a playoff spot and enter this Friday’s game at Zapata in a tie for second-place with the Hawks, each side with 8-4 records in District 32-4A play. If the Tarpons beat the Hawks again they will clinch the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
Port Isabel outscored Zapata, 54-42, in the first game between these two teams at home back on Jan.18.
At Rio Hondo Monday, the action was fast-paced from the start. The Tarpons led early but trailed 15-12 at the end of a quarter of play. Rio Hondo led 29-22 at the half and 47-38 at the end of the third quarter.
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