The Fort Bend Elkins Knights used a strong second half to put away the Ball High Tors 74-47 on Tuesday night in Galveston.
Playing in the District 23-5A encounter, the Knights only had a slim lead of 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and 25-23 at the half.
That was before they pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Ball High 49-24 in the second half.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Elkins head coach Albert Thomas. “I know that every time we come to Galveston, it’s going to be a tough game. But our players did a great job.”
The Knights moved to 6-1 in district play while the Tors fell to 4-4.
Donovan Williams led the way in scoring for the Knights, putting up 21 points while Vernon Harrell put up 13 and Heath Jackson had 11.
Nick Moore had nine points for the Tors while Giovanni Janke had seven and Tony Robbins scored six.
The Knights began the evening with a 4-0 run in the first quarter before Ball High answered back.
The Tors took the lead three different times in the first quarter.
Williams scored a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to give Elkins a 13-11 lead.
He would score off a tip-in early in the second quarter to expand the Knights’ lead.
Robbins made two free throws at the end of the first half with Ball High trailing by two.
But Elkins took advantage in the second half and didn’t look back.
“I thought we gave a great effort in the first half,” said Ball High head coach Jerald Temple. “Their size and depth wore us out in the second half.”
Harrell scored seven points for the Knights in the third quarter.
“I thought what we did in that third quarter was very good,” Thomas said. “We gave great effort in that first half. In the second half, we were calm and let things happen and we played better on defense.”
The Tors wrap up the first half of district play, while the Knights have one more game before starting the second half of district play. Ball High returns to action 7 p.m. next Tuesday at home against Texas City.
“My biggest thought is that this is going to be a tough district as always,” Albert said. “There are a number of teams fighting for the top four spots. You can’t afford to let one slip away.”