Solid play not enough to stop AP
The Marlins were down 11 at the half after giving up a 17-8 lead in the first quarter, but outscored their hosts 16-2 in the third period to lead by 3 points going into the final quarter. A 25-12 deficit in the last quarter put the game out of reach, however, with the Marlins ending up on the low side of the 48-58 final.
Coach Paul Patteson complimented his squad for coming back in the second half with “a lot of energy on the defensive end.”
“Mac Owens and Kevin Sikes sparked our third-quarter rally to give us the lead going into the fourth. We continued to battle and with four minutes left had a 2-point lead. However, it was not to be,” he said.
“Mac Owens was a monster on the boards, grabbing 18 rebounds and scoring 12 points,” Patteson said. “Dillon Martin was also tough inside, grabbing 9 boards. The defense, led by Sikes, Zach Ainscough and Christian Collins, helped keep the Marlins going.”
Patteson said the squad will continue to improve as the season goes on, and will continue to play tough opponents.
Sikes led the scoring with 15, including three 3-pointers, followed by Owens’ 12 for the Port Aransas double digits. Tyler Pate put in 9, Collins hit 4, Ainscough and Martin hit 3 apiece and Nick Benavidez hit 2.
Scoring by quarters
|1 2||3 4 F|
|PA||8 12||16 12 48|
|AP||17 17||2 25 58|
Look for the Marlins to take on Karnes City in Doyle Marek Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 29.