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Boys basketball: Summer Creek holds off Kingwood to remain undefeated in district

January 26, 2019

Summer Creek remained undefeated in District 22-6A play with a 57-48 win over Kingwood on Friday night at the Bulldogs gym.

The Bulldogs won their 11th straight district game, but it wasn’t easy against a tough Mustangs bunch.

“When you get leads it shows the maturity of your team,” said Summer Creek head coach Kenneth Coleman. “We aren’t able to sustain those leads because you get a little comfortable. There are no bad teams in 6A, and Kingwood is a great team. So you have to keep the intensity level where it was at the beginning and we didn’t do that.

Summer Creek (20-6, 11-0) got off to a hot start, outscoring the Mustangs 24-8 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs had five 3-pointers as a team with three of them coming from sophomore guard Javon Jackson. Jackson had a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs.

“We weren’t executing on defense at all in the first quarter,” said Kingwood head coach Monte Cole. “We only scored eight points on offense, but we still have to defend. You have to come in and play hard from the get go when you play a team like Summer Creek. You can’t feel them out to start a game.”

The Mustangs (15-5, 6-5) found their offense in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 17-11.

“We had a different energy after the first quarter, and that’s what got us back into the game.” Cole said.

Summer Creek led 35-25 as both teams went into the locker rooms at halftime.

The Kingwood freshman, junior varsity and fans cheered on as the Mustangs entered the gym in the second half.

It changed the momentum of the game.

“It’s huge to get that from the fans, and they’re very supportive of this community,” Cole said. “The players play for each other. When you have big game rivalry game like this, it’s always great to hear the crowd like that. It’s what got us back into the game.”

Kingwood started the first quarter out on a 10-5 run to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to five points, 40-35.

Mustangs guard Nick Luckett drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 41 with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

Both teams went into the final quarter of play tied up at 41.

“I knew that they were a good team,” Coleman said. “I knew they beat Sam Houston, and I knew they were going to play good. Once we got the lead back we were able to see what things we needed to work on.”

Kingwood’s Billy Gould hit a 3-pointer to cut Summer Creeks lead to 50-48 with 2:50 left in the game.

Gould finished with 19 points to lead the Mustangs and Walker Blaine added 12 points in the post.

The Bulldogs would be put on the line four times and made 5-of-6 free throws to close out the game.

“It was very crucial to knock down those free throws,” Coleman said. “That’s what we didn’t do against Humble. Whenever we win a game we look at is as a loss to see what we need to work on. I thought that were some things that we can improve on.”

Summer Creek remains at the No. 1 spot in district, and Kingwood is still fighting to get that last playoff spot in district.

“It’s a tough loss and we’re in playoff mode now,” Cole said. “Every game we play from here on out we’re fighting for a spot. We have Pasadena on Tuesday and then we still have two Humble ISD schools in Atascocita and Humble. We’re not going to look past any other team.”

Coleman knows that his Bulldogs are going to get every team’s best attempt, but he liked how his players handled the adversity during the game.

“Like I always tell the kids, ‘champions make plays.’” Coleman said. “We grew up a little more tonight, and we showed that we can fight back when it gets tough. I’m proud about that, but we can always work on things to get better.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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