Marlins nab second
In their first game, the Marlins fell to Texas Military Institute of San Antonio, 41-48, in a see-saw game.
"Both teams played great defense and forced (each) other to work hard on the offensive end," said Paul Patteson, coach of the Marlins. Nine three-point shots by TMI proved to be the difference in the game.
Marlin scoring: Zack Merrill, 15; Ryan Phillips, 20; Jason Ardoin, 2; Christian Collins, 2; and Joseph Shrier, 2.
In the Marlins' second game, the Port Aransas boys played against the JV team of Corpus Christi's King High School, which has a student population several times larger than that of PAHS.
"The Marlins used their experience and athleticism to overwhelm King for a 59-35 win," Patteson said.
The Marlins' third game was a tough contest that ended with a 58-62 defeat at the hands of the Bloomington High School Bobcats.
Marlin scoring: Merrill, 11; Sikes, 10; Collins, 10; Ainscough, 3; Merrill, 2; Phillips, 14; and Ardoin, 8.
In the final game of the classic, the Marlins defeated Gregory-Portland High School's red team, 53- 29. Merrill and Phillips led the way, scoring 16 points each.
Patteson said great defense by Sikes, Ainscough, Collins and Ardoin kept G.P. from getting on track.
Patteson said the tourney was a success, overall, due in large part to efforts by the Marlin Booster Club, school staff and area businesses.