The Texas City Stings knocked off the District 24-5A co-champion Houston Furr Brahmas, 59-46, in the Region III-5A bi-district playoffs Tuesday at Barnett Field House.
Texas City’s head coach Chris Mason believed that playing in such a hard district like 23-5A helped the Stings get ready for the playoffs.
“We know that we are not going to play any better than the schools in our district,” said Mason. “You take the Marshall team that was in the Top 25 and then you have Galveston Ball, which is one of the toughest places to play in the state.”
The Stings had a one-point lead going into the second quarter after the Brahmas’ Ja’Kobi Joubert connected on a 3 at the buzzer.
The Stings began to assert their will in the second quarter. The Stings outscored the Brahmas by 10 points in the quarter. The press defense was forcing the Brahmas to turn the ball over, giving the Stings easy baskets.
The Stings’ defense kept the pressure on the Brahmas in the third quarter. The Stings’ Dayton Booker made an off-balanced basket as the buzzer sounded to give the Stings a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Stings’ Adrain Sherwood caught fire in the fourth quarter. He scored the first 11 points for the Stings giving them a 21-point lead midway through the quarter.
“He had a great week of practice,” said Mason. “He stepped up liked a leader and made plays when we needed him to make plays.”
Sherwood led the Stings with 20 points. He was the only Stings with double-digit points. The Brahmas’ Joubert led them with 15 points.
The Stings have a tough test in the next round against the Humble Wildcats. The Wildcats have won their last 14 games.
“We just have to play better in the next round,” said Mason. “Moving on to the next round we know it’s going to be tough.”