Tar Heels and Team Phoenix remain undefeated at Deer Park JH

On Valentine’s Day weekend, nothing says love like a delicious gym on a very cold weekend.

For the youth competing in the Deer Park Parks & Rec youth basketball league this winter, these delicious gyms were once again put to good use on Saturday.

Two undefeated clubs stayed that way on Saturday afternoon at Deer Park Junior High. In the 10- to 12-year-old girls division, Team Phoenix increased its record to 3-0 with a 29: 5 win over the Lady Ballers.

In the adjoining gym, the unbeaten Tar Heels achieved a 12-12 deadlock by scoring the last seven points of the game for a 19-12 win in the 7-9 year old boys division.

Coach Chris Fountain watched the majority of his squad add to the offensive as the Tar Heels raised their season record to 3-0 and took first place in the big 10-team conference alone. A big game will be played next Saturday with the 2-0 titans. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.

“It is a pleasure to work with these children. They deserve everything they do, and it all starts with practice. They’re really committed to the hard work and everything in training we see on the pitch and having fun at the same time, ”said Fountain.

Although the tar heels never ran after they were paired with the feisty rockets three times. Caleb Hoffpauir scored the goal for the tar heels before Phillip Lanham scored the next three points.

Isaias Ramirez, Seth Dupuis and Easton Fountain gave the team the biggest lead 11-7 before two buckets by Arron Porcayo and one of two successful attempts by Maddox Desimone on the foul line caused the 12-12 draw. For Dupuis it was his first bucket of the season.

But with just a few seconds left in the first half, Easton Fountain broke the tie for good. That was the strange thing about the game. The two teams together scored 26 points in the first half but only five points in the second half.

Ajay Beard and his two buckets delivered almost every point in the second half.

The only 3-point goal of the game was scored by Rockets player Joshua Cruz, whose bonus bucket caused the second deadlock with a score of 7: 7.

“It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about learning and having fun so they’ll want to come back and do it again,” said Chris Fountain.

Easton Fountain played aggressively in the paint and made some nice baseline rides.

“This is also his first year he’s playing. He has two older brothers and an older sister so he’s used to scratching. I can see that from him out here. It’s the same mindset, ”said Chris Fountain.

HOW TO PLAY: The granddaughter of long-time ISD swimming and diving instructor Robert and Darla Kelly from Pasadena plays for the Lady Ballers. … One of the referees who oversaw both games at Deer Park Junior High attended a high school class 2A playoff game Friday night in East Texas.

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