In a key District 23-5A matchup, Fort Bend Marshall star point guard Terrell Wilson’s late-game heroics lifted the Buffaloes to a thrilling 56-55 win over the Texas City Stings on Tuesday.
Wilson scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left, to lead the defending Region III-5A champions Marshall to the victory.
“I thought there was one player who could beat us, and we started letting him beat us in the fourth quarter,” Texas City head coach Chris Mason said. “We had a game plan for him, and then we let him get the ball on the last shot, and he did what players do — make plays.”
With the Stings leading 36-22 early in the third quarter, the Buffs scored 10 unanswered points — highlighted by a 3-point play the old-fashioned way by Wilson — to climb back within striking distance.
Later, an 11-0 run that stretched from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth quarter saw Marshall take a 43-40 lead — its first lead since making the game’s first basket. Wilson scored nine points during the crucial Marshall scoring streak.
A bucket by Wilson gave the Buffs their largest lead of the game at 51-46 with about 2 minutes to play, but then Texas City rallied to regain the lead with an 8-0 run that featured a game-tying 3-pointer by Adrian Sherwood (team-high 12 points) and four clutch free throws by Tee’shawn Garrett (11 points, five rebounds).
Following an offensive rebound and put-back basket by Marshall and a free throw from Texas City, the Buffs got second- and third-chance opportunities before Wilson’s clutch, game-winning 3-ball in the final seconds.
Texas City managed to heave the inbounds pass down court and get a look at a midrange jumper before the final buzzer, but the shot was off-target.
Seven different Stings scored field goals in the first quarter, as Texas City won the opening frame, 16-12.
Leading 19-17 in the second quarter, Texas City went on a 9-1 run sparked by a steal and coast-to-coast layup by Dayton Booker (nine points) and capped off by a 3-pointer from Leon Joubert. A 3-pointer by Caden McKenzie gave the Stings a 33-20 advantage headed into the halftime break.
“I thought we responded to the physical play (in the first half),” Mason said.
It doesn’t get any easier for Texas City (5-2 in district), as the Stings will hit the road for their next game against district leaders Fort Bend Elkins (6-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.