The Fort Bend Elkins Knights clinched a share of the District 23-5A title with a 59-35 win over the Texas City Stings on Tuesday night in Texas City.
Playing on Texas City’s senior night, the Knights proved to be too much, outscoring the Stings 17-5 in the fourth quarter.
“It means a lot to us to win district,” said Elkins head coach Albert Thomas. “Our kids wanted to keep the tradition going and it means a lot to them.”
The Knights (who had the same record as Alvin Shadow Creek going into the game) finished district play with a 14-2 record. The Stings fell to 12-4 and finished third in the district standings.
Timothy Denton scored 15 points to lead the Knights in scoring, while Jacolbi Harris and Heath Jackson scored nine.
Jacolby Belle finished seven points for the Stings while Dayton Booker and Adrian Sherwood each had six. J’Lihl Allen scored five points.
The Knights came out firing, taking a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game.
Denton’s 3-pointer made it 10-2 with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
Elkins’ defense held the Stings to only a field goal and a free throw in the opening frame, leading 13-3 at the end of the quarter.
The Stings started to find their footing on offense in the second quarter, and a pair of free throws from Allen narrowed Texas City’s gap to 18-12 with 4:12 left in the half.
Tyler Callegari picked up a foul while on his way to a lay-in and he completed the three-point play, resulting in a 12-point advantage for the Knights.
The Knights closed out the half on a 9-2 run to take a 34-20 lead at the break.
Texas City hit three consecutive inside shots to begin the second half.
The Stings outscored the Knights in the third quarter, 10-8, but still found themselves down by 12 heading into the fourth.
Any momentum that the Stings had left quickly evaporated as Elkins stormed to a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
“These guys played together,” Thomas said. “We were able to get the stops that we needed and the floodgates just opened up.”
Texas City wouldn’t get a basket until the 2:05 mark on a free throw by Evan Pratt.
“I thought our guys came out with a mission and they showed it on the defensive end,” Thomas said. “I’m very proud of them.”