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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 12:00 am

By ROSE YBARRA

The Brownsville Herald

Perhaps winless San Benito was hungrier than ever for its first victory of the

season. Maybe Los Fresnos was a bit overconfident in its ability to wipe out

the Greyhounds.

Whatever the reason, Tuesday nights non-district matchup between Los Fresnos

and San Benito was a surprise nail-biter.

At long last, the Falcons came up big in key moments and edged the Greyhounds,

54-51.

Nestor Portillo sealed the win for the Falcons, thwarting San Benitos

last-ditch attempt to tie the game.

Portillo blocked and batted away the basketball from San Benitos best outside

shooter, Carlos Limon, at the 3-point line with 3-seconds remaining in the

game.

San Benito (0-12) held the lead at the end of the first, second and third

quarters, but the final stanza belonged to Los Fresnos, which knocked down 17

points versus the Greyhounds 12-point effort.

Going into the fourth period, San Benito lead 39-37, but Portillo tied it up

quickly, grabbing a basket on the breakaway. He scored all six of his points

in the final quarter.

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