With little concern about the eventual outcome, La Marque boys basketball coach Kevin Wilcox used Tuesday’s home game against Houston Harmony to clear his bench and experiment with various lineup schemes in preparation for more daunting competition than the first-year charter school could offer the Cougars.

Edward Robinson’s game-high 27 points paved the way for La Marque’s 88-42 win, improving the Coogs to 17-11 overall and 8-1 in District 24-3A. The Cougars never trailed in the contest as a defense that forced 26 turnovers kept Houston Harmony from finding any kind of consistency.

“It was a challenge to get the guys focused and it showed at times,” said Wilcox. “We missed some layups and didn’t connect on some passes. I think we need to humble ourselves with how we played because we are a much better team than what we showed.”

Robinson outscored Harmony by himself in the first quarter, scoring 14 of his points as La Marque took a 29-8 lead. Wilcox used his reserves in the second quarter and watched as his team cruise to a 44-21 halftime lead.

The Cougars played their best ball during a 15-0 run in the third and fourth quarters that extended their margin to 80-34 with 4:20 remaining. Guard Jordan Ivy-Curry sparked the spurt with a pair of baskets and two assists, while Justin Murray hit the third of his trio of 3-pointers on the evening.

Ranked 19th in state, La Marque will travel to face state-ranked East Bernard Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“We will have to be more focused for them,” Wilcox said of East Bernard. “That’s a tough place to play at and if we’re not focused, that could be a problem.”

For the Cougars, Ivy-Curry had 10 points, while Murray had nine, Anthony Williams scored eight, and Jeremy Arvie had seven points. Kha’Sean Booker added six, while Kobe Gatson and Joey White had four points each with Deshawn Murphy added two points.

Houston Harmony was led by Youssef Lahlai and Ahmad Nobani, who each scored nine points. Collins Frederick had eight, Omar Kassim had seven and Raja Abbas had five points. Awesome Nagi and David Portillo had two points each.


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