Palacios buzzer-beater ends Marlins chance for a victory
The Port Aransas High School Marlins lost to three teams from larger high schools in the Sinton basketball tournament Dec. 28-30.
The losses included a heartbreaking game in which the Palacios Sharks won, 32-31, hitting a shot at the final buzzer to squeak past the Marlins. Palacios is a 3-A high school, based on student population. Port Aransas is 1-A.
“We let a game slip by that should have been ours,” said Mark Spencer, coach of the Marlins. “(Marlin) Charlie Walker hit a clutch three from the corner to give us the lead with less than a minute to play. We were fouled, still with a one-point lead but couldn't convert, and they hit a shot at the buzzer to win it.
“I felt bad for our guys, but you have to play for 32 minutes, not 29 and 59 seconds,” Spencer said. “It was a tough loss but a well-fought game. Hopefully, we can learn from it.” POINTS QUARTER BY PA 8 3 13 7 31 PAL 13 5 10 4 32 10; CHARLEY WALKER, 4; MATT DUNTON, 4; CODY COLLINS, 4; MATT WHITE, 3; DRAKE SAWYER, 4; RYAN PHILLIPS, 3.
The Goliad Tigers, a 3-A team that has made it to the regional playoffs the past three years, beat the Marlins 49-31.
“We played well except for a stretch in the third quarter where turnovers versus their full-court pressure turned a four-point game into a 14-point game very quickly,” Spencer said.
INDIVIDUAL SCORING: COPELAND, 17; DUNTON, 4; SAM BURT, 2; ROBERT TATUM, 2; COLLINS, 1; WHITE, 4; SAWYER, 1.
A foreign exchange student with the Taft Greyhounds played a big role in the Marlins' 31-53 loss to the 2-A hounds team.
The Marlins played fairly good defense, but the team's shooting was sub-par, and unforced turnovers allowed the Greyhounds to score 20 points.
The Marlins were missing two starters and a reserve – players who were out of town for the holidays. POINTS BY QUARTER PA 5 10 5 11 31 TA 11 16 15 10 53
INDIVIDUAL SCORING: COPELAND, 3; WALKER, 2; TATUM, 9; COLLINS, 6; WHITE, 6; PHILLIPS, 3.