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Humble looking to keep 25 year playoff streak alive

November 12, 2018

Humble’s boys basketball programs is used to making the playoffs.

The Wildcats have made it to the postseason the last 25 years and aren’t looking to end that streak anytime soon.

“You don’t want to be the guy who ends the streak,” said Humble boys basketball coach Liar Crawford laughing. “It was my second year here we finished fourth and needed some help to get in and we got it. The biggest thing about this group is that they know how to win and expect to win.”

The Wildcats began practice on Oct. 24 and are working to build chemistry on the hardwood.

Humble finished last season going 30-9 and went 18-0 in District 21-5A.

The Wildcats will return seven players and three starters including all-district forward Justin Lawson.

“Our returning guys need to step up,” Crawford said. “It’s not that they haven’t, but we want to see some players take over and lead the team. We need to see that they’re solid varsity players.”

The biggest adjustment Humble will have to make is playing in Class 6A.

When realignment was announced back in February, Humble shifted to District 22-6A and will play the Pasadena ISD school along with Summer Creek, Atascocita and Kingwood for the next two years.

“I think the biggest adjustment will be just the night in and night out of district play,” Crawford said. “Usually we would play in 6A tournament in the preseason to face tough competition. Going again the Pasadena schools along with Atascocita, Summer Creek and Kingwood is going to have its challenges. We have to make sure that we play our best every night in district.”

Crawford is still looking for his starting lineup and is looking for sparks off the bench.

The Wildcats have always found someone to contribute to the team in clutch situations.

“It seems like every year we find a diamond in the rough,” Crawford said. “There’s always someone that maybe we didn’t expect to be a big part of the team, but they show up at the right time and contribute on the court. Hopefully this year we can find that again and maybe more.”

Crawford would like to see the Wildcats communication on the floor before district play starts.

“We’re still trying to find our identity right now,” Crawford said. “We aren’t like teams of the past, but we have to keep working to get better. All and all the guys are working hard and right now we have to figure out what we do best.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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