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Boys Basketball: Summer Creek defeats Atascocita for the first time in school history

December 22, 2018

Dylan Phillip works on his free throws every day at practice in Summer Creek’s gym.

So, when the senior stepped up to the free throw line with the Bulldogs leading Atascocita by one point in the fourth quarter, he went straight to his routine.

“I just took my five dribbles like I always do and focused,” Philip said. “I blocked out all the noise, and I just focused on the rim. Once they both went in I felt relieved.”

The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles 54-51 for the first time in school history on Friday in a packed and noisy Bulldogs’ gym.

The Bulldogs (12-4, 4-0) remain undefeated in district play with the win.

“To get a win like this against a program like Atascocita is huge,” said first year head coach Kenneth Coleman. “I have a lot of respect for coach (David) Martinez and what he’s done at Atascocita, and I’m trying to build a program here. This here is my Christmas present.”

Atascocita went up 51-48 after Dylan Robinson got an offensive rebound and scored a basket with 1:16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Summer Creek called a timeout and the Bulldogs drew up a game plan.

“Coach told us that we didn’t need a three,” Phillip said. “He told us to just get a two and then get the steal. We did exactly what he drew up on the whiteboard.”

Phillip, who finished with 16 points, drove to the lane and made a layup to cut the Eagles’ lead to one, 51-50.

On Atascocita’s inbound pass, the Bulldogs came up with a steal and Reyce Allen knocked down a mid-range jumper to put the Bulldogs ahead 52-51 with nine seconds left in the game.

“I told the kids in the timeout that we have worked too hard in the offseason to come up short,” Coleman said. “I told them to lay it on the line right here. The kids locked in and they know it’s about stops. Every kid wants to get his jumper going, but the kids have bought in to playing defense and getting those stop that we needed.

Atascocita (14-4, 3-2) dropped its second district game of the season. The Eagles’ have lost their two district games by a combined four points.

The Eagles took a 47-43 lead in the fourth quarter after a Joe Rollins 3-pointer. Rollins scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth.

Kenyon Green added 10 points while Nick Gazelas added a team-high 13 points for the Eagles.

The atmosphere in the gym was electric and Coleman liked how the Bulldogs handled the environment in a big game.

“I liked the atmosphere,” Coleman said. “It felt like a playoff game, and that’s the way it’s going to be in the playoffs. When you play in a great district with Atascocita, Humble and the rest of the district you’re going to have some great crowds. This has been a very tough district so far.”

Javon Jackson scored 13 points for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs remain undefeated in the district and Coleman likes how his team has improved in the first half of district play.

“Going undefeated in district play so far is big and to get this win at home is good,” Coleman said. “We will have the next five days off and then we will prepare for a tournament. We still have to see everyone again in the second half of district, but we like how we’re playing right now.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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