If nail-biting excitement was what the Port Aransas High School Marlins wanted for their home crowd on the team’s first regular-season basketball game of the year, they got their wish.
The Marlins triumphed, 73- 67, in a home game that went into overtime against the John Paul II High School Centurions on Friday, Nov. 11.
“I’m extremely proud of just the toughness and guts” that the Marlins showed, said Kris Jones, coach.
“So many of those guys have never been in that moment. In seventh, eighth grade, or JV, you’ve been in tight games. But it’s nothing like the excitement of being in Doyle Marek Gym in the opening game of the year, at the varsity level, with expectations,” Jones said.
But the young team found enough composure to win.
The most experienced varsity team member, Kris Jones (Coach Jones’ son), was the team’s high scorer, with 30 points.
But other key contributions came from players like Ryan Kuykendall, who not only scored 12 points but also played good defense.
“He locked up their little point guard,” Coach Jones said.
Also of note was Grant Windham, the Marlins’ only freshman starter. Playing with unusual confidence for a player his age, he poured in 16 points.
Grant Windham – 16
Jaden Harris – 5
Ryan Kuykendall -12
Jacob Hinojosa – 4
Kris Jones – 30
Kamden Estes – 6
At press time, the Marlins’ next games were to be at home against Corpus Christi’s Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday, Nov. 15; and during Marlin Classic tournament games to be played from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17 to 19. (Check out the South Jetty’s Nov. 24 edition for results of those games.)
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