LONGVIEW — Hallsville’s boys’ basketball team extended its district record to 2-0 with a 58-42 road win against the Pine Tree Pirates on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats are currently 14-8 overall while the Pirates are 11-11 overall and 0-2 against district opponents.
Jai Locario led the game in scoring with 19 points. Benjamin Samples was next in line with 12 and Ryan Pondant dropped in 10 points. Joseph Melendez and Tanner Benson each dropped in six points while Trenton Smith and David Ruff had two points apiece.
Pine Tree’s high scorer was Jasiah Wright, who dropped in 14 points. Kenny Bradshaw was next with 10 points and Daryus Gray tossed in seven points. Torrel Collins scored five points and Kaleb George finished the night with four points.
Hallsville scored the first points of the game when Samples drained a three. That was followed by a free throw from Wright and a jumper from Bradshaw.
A bucket from Samples was followed by two three-point plays for the Bobcats, the first coming on an and-one from Pondant and the second coming on a shot from beyond the arc by Locario. That gave Hallsville an 11-3 lead entering the second quarter.
Hallsville continued to pour it on from three-point range in the second quarter, building its lead to 20-4. After a pair of free threes from Benson, Locario knocked down a shot while taking a fall, giving the Bobcats a 24-4 lead.
A pair of field goals and a free throw from Gray cut the Pirates’ deficit to 26-13. The Bobcats added three points with a free throw and a field goal before Bradshaw knocked down a three. The final points of the first half came on a bucket from Locario to give the Bobcats a 31-16 halftime lead.
Locario went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line before adding two points on a reverse layup.
A bucket from Collins made the score 37-20. Bradshaw drained a three right before Samples returned the favor on the other end. That made the score 42-23. Each team added a three and made a trip to the free-throw line to close the third quarter with a score 47-29 with Hallsville in the lead.
Locario hit a two and Benson hit a three to start the fourth quarter. After a pair of free throws from George, Wright scored Pine Tree’s next nine points to make the score 54-40. Pondant and Samples each added a field goal before George scored the final points of the game to make the final score 58-42.
Hallsville will return to action Friday when it plays host to John Tyler. Pine Tree is slated to travel to Marshall to go head-to-head with the Mavericks.