A game Houston Furr team stayed within range of Texas City for much of the Class 5A, Region III bi-district round game on Tuesday before the Stingarees’ offense finally woke up and put the Brahmas out of their misery.
Sparked by a 19-5 run at the start of the fourth quarter, Texas City subdued Furr, 64-44, and advanced to the area round where the Stingarees (24-8) will face Port Arthur Memorial at a time and place to be determined.
Furr appeared set to make a push after Dontay Crawford’s basket at the end of the third quarter pulled the Brahmas within 41-33. It would prove to be the high water mark for them, as the Stingarees erupted with 10 unanswered points to start the fourth that was highlighted by a 3-point play by Johan Rodriguez to give Texas City a 51-33 lead.
Following a pair of free throws from Furr’s Courtney Montgomery, Dayton Booker’s trey extended the Texas City lead to 54-35, sparking a spurt that was closed out by an Adrian Sherwood basket that gave the Stings a decisive 60-38 margin.
The Stings used defense to begin dismantling the Brahmas after Michael Walker’s layup beat the horn and gave Texas City the lead for good at 12-11 after the first quarter. Furr sputtered for most of the second, going scoreless the first 4:12 of the quarter.
While the Stingarees had their share of offensive issues in the first half, the ability to get to the free throw line helped them pull away from the Brahmas (17-12). Texas City connected on 13 of 17 attempts in the first half, six of which came from James Scott, who led the team with 15 points.
Rodriguez had nine for the Stingarees, while Te’Shawn Garrett, Jeremiah Hernandez and Walker added eight points each. Booker scored seven, Sherwood had six, Jacoree Evans had four and Kevon Owens had one point for Texas City.
Crawford scored 21 for Furr to lead all scorers.