The Humble Wildcats used a 19-8 run in the third quarter to break a halftime deadlock and end the Texas City Stings’ season in a 65-53 win in the area round of the playoffs Friday night at Phillips Field House in Pasadena.
Both teams kept it close in the first half, and Texas City had a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
But there was only so much the Stings could do before the Wildcats went on a second-half surge to put the game away.
“Well, we knew that if that if we could make some shots, then we’d be fine,” Humble head coach Lair Crawford said. “We hung in there with our defense in the first half. Once we started getting some baskets, we were good.”
Tee’Shawn Garrett scored six of the Stings’ first eight points to give his team an early four-point lead.
T.J. Fountain’s three-point play helped the Stings go in front at 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Garrett drilled three inside shots early in the second quarter to put Texas City ahead at 22-19 before Jaylon Alsanders responded with a 3-pointer on the other end.
Both teams were tied, 26-26, at the end of the first half.
Alsanders hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to get things going for the Wildcats. It was part of a 6-2 run for Humble to begin the second half before a timeout was taken.
“We just played a great game,” Crawford said. “We struggled to get past the first round. We knew that we had to come out strong tonight.”
Alsanders scored his second 3-pointer of the second half out of the timeout and the Wildcats had a 35-28 lead with 4:55 left in the third.
Dayton Booker used a transition basket to bring the Stings to within three.
But Justin Lawson came off the bench and went on a quick 4-0 surge to increase Humble’s lead. Alsanders’ third 3-pointer of the quarter gave the Wildcats a 10-point lead at 42-32 with 1:39 left in the third frame.
By the start of the fourth quarter, Humble was leading 45-34.
“We played well in the first half, but then we uncharacteristically missed a bunch of shots in the third,” said Texas City head coach Chris Mason. “Any time we had a chance, they made a basket and we couldn’t knock one down.”
Garrett led the way in scoring for the Stings, putting up 18 points and 11 rebounds while Adrian Sherwood had nine and Booker finished with eight.
Alsanders put up 20 points to lead the Wildcats and Lawson finished with 18 points and six rebounds with two blocks and Ken Washington scored 11 points.
Humble went 6-for-18 on 3-pointers while Texas City was only 1-for-13. Alsanders had four 3-pointers.