Despite a rally in the fourth quarter, the Robstown Cotton Pickers varsity boys basketball team were unable to get into a shooting rhythm in their game against the San Diego Vaqueros Saturday afternoon.
The Cotton Pickers finished the game with a 54-64 loss.
"We were trying our best," Robstown's Randy Flores said. "Nothing was just going our way. That's how the game goes."
The 'Pickers got into foul trouble early in the first quarter, committing three team fouls within the first three minutes of the game. Despite some good looks, Robstown was only able to score on a couple of three-point shots by Flores and Matt Arellano. By the end of the first quarter, the Vaqueros held a 21-8 lead.
Robstown had a better second quarter, getting to the free-throw line nine times and even closing the gap to eight points, but multiple three-pointers by San Diego near the end of the half kept the Cotton Pickers from getting any closer. By halftime, the Vaqueros remained in the lead, 38-29.
In the third quarter, Robstown struggled once again to get anything to fall, allowing San Diego to increase their lead to 51-36.
The Cotton Pickers went on a 16-5 run in the fourth quarter, closing the Vaqueros' lead to only four points with 1:37 left in the game. However, Robstown was unable to capitalize on the run, scoring only once more on a jumper by Arellano and giving San Diego five trips to the line to increase their lead to 10 and secure the win.
"They made a little run but we were able to keep our composure and stayed with the game," Vaquero head coach Carlos Treun said. "We've got a lot of work to do still. We gave up 54 points, so we've got a lot of work to do defensively."
Robstown went 22-36 from the free-throw line, while the Vaqueros went 19-28.
Flores finished the game with 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half.
"I did good," Flores said. "If it wasn't for my team, I wouldn't have done nothing."
For the Vaqueros, Miguel Maldonado led the team with 15 points.
Flores said that despite the loss, he feels confident about his team's future.
"We're still trying to see who can be the stars, who can help the team around and everything," Flores said. "Hopefully, we'll have a good season."