Although their 5-8 district record has knocked them out of playoff contention, the Robstown Cotton Pickers refused to finish the season without a fight.
"We're just playing for pride," Robstown head coach Bert Ybarra said. "Every game was close. They're in every single game, so that's something to say for the program. It's going in the right direction."
On Friday, the Cotton Pickers played their final home game of the season against the Falfurrias Jersey Bulls. Their previous game with Falfurrias was a 56-59 loss in overtime.
Friday's game began well for Robstown as they quickly pulled ahead of the Jersey Bulls 4-0 before Falfurrias finally managed to hit a field goal to make the score 4-2. The 'Pickers answered back with a pair of back-to-back three-pointers by D.J. Resendez and Ryan Garza.
Resendez hit another three-point shot a few moments later, followed by another three-pointer by Ben Silva, giving the Cotton Pickers a 16-6 lead with 2:43 left in the first.
By the end of the first quarter, Robstown held the lead, 17-12.
The second quarter was much tighter as the Jersey Bulls outscored the Cotton Pickers 12-10. Robstown continued to hold on to their lead going into the half, but it was now a much slimmer 27-24.
Falfurrias opened up the third with a three-pointer by Matthew Rosas, tying the game, 27-27. The Jersey Bulls would continue to stay close throughout most of the quarter until Robstown's defense was able to shut them down, leading to an 11-2 scoring run by the 'Pickers to close out the quarter.
At the end of the third, Robstown continued to lead, 42-33.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Cotton Pickers continued to hold onto their lead, even in spite of the Jersey Bulls going 5-for-5 from the free throw line and a pair of three-pointers by Zeke Guevara and Matthew Rosas, to win the game, 58-50.
After the game, Ybarra said he was pleased with his team's performance this season.
"I'm real proud of them," he said. "I've been with some of these kids since they were in the seventh grade, so it's going to be tough to see them go. I'm real proud of the effort they put out."
For Robstown, Arellano led the team in scoring with 17 points.
"He's been probably one of our most valuable players the whole season," Ybarra said. "I'm real proud of the effort he put out this season. He's been a three-year starter and I hate to see him go, but he is a senior.
"He's been a great asset to the program, building it, trying to get it to a winning program. We fell a little short this year, but we'll continue to improve."
Resendez finished the game with 10 points, Garza with seven points and Silva and Randy Flores both had six points.
The Cotton Pickers played their final game of this basketball season on the road against the Ingleside Mustangs Tuesday night.
Results of the game were not available as of press time.