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Boys basketball: Humble rallies to defeat Kingwood

January 3, 2019

Justin Lawson wasn’t pleased with how he performed in the first half against Kingwood on Wednesday in a District 22-6A game.

The senior post knew he could do more to contribute to the Wildcats and wanted the ball in his hands in crunch time.

Lawson scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Humble rallied to defeat Kingwood 61-58 at the Mustangs gym.

“We were really down, so I had to bring my team up,” Lawson said. “In the first half I really wasn’t helping my team at all. I just wanted to finish the game off strong and help my team get a win.”

Lawson and the Wildcats came together in the locker room at halftime.

“Coach told us at halftime that we have to box out, get rebounds and play harder,” Lawson said. “We couldn’t sit back and let them hold the ball in the second half. We had to put pressure on the ball and put out our best.”

Humble (15-9, 4-1) head coach Lair Crawford was pleased with how the Wildcats handled adversity on the road in district.

“Before the game we talked about not playing at their pace,” Crawford said. “We didn’t have the energy in that first half. We had to turn up our energy and make adjustments. Our guys came out with a little more energy in the second half, and that was the difference.”

Kingwood (11-14, 2-4) dominated in the first half inside the paint to build a 26-21 lead at halftime.

Walker Blaine scored 14 points including, a 3-pointer, while Nick Neuman added 10 points in the paint.

“That’s what we do, we’re an inside-out team,” said Kingwood head coach Monte Cole. “A lot of stuff that we do end up doing goes into the post. Our guys did a good job of battling and fighting the whole game. We just came up short.”

The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the third quarter after a 9-0 run to take a 30-28 lead.

Humble outscored Kingwood 18-13 in the third.

Senior guard Kendrick Gathe chipped in eight points in the third for the Wildcats.

“In that stretch to start the third quarter we didn’t execute on offense or defense and we weren’t in the right spots,” Cole said. “A team like Humble will make you pay for those mistakes. They went on that run and it just took us longer to recover.”

Billy Gould scored 17 points for the Mustangs.

The Wildcats and Mustangs are both fighting for the playoffs and are looking to finish the first half of district on a positive note.

“Were up and down right now,” Crawford said. “We played well in our tournament over the break against some tough teams, but district is a whole other ball game. The last two games we haven’t come out with a lot of energy and we have to start games out strong.”

Cole and the Mustangs had a goal this season to make the playoffs.

“We’re getting better and better,” Cole said. “We still have a chance to make the playoffs and that’s what we set out to do in the beginning of the year. We have definitely improved from out first district game. If we can just do what we do and play our game, I believe we can compete with anybody in this district.”

Humble 61, Kingwood 58

Points - (H) James Mason 7, Malik Nash 4, Dylan Miles 7, Brycen Thomas 13, Kendrick Gathe 10, Garrett Hill 2, Justin Lawson 18. (K) Ryan Michie 6, Nick Luckett 10, Billy Gould 17, Nick Neuman 10, Walker Baine 14. Halftime - Kingwood 26, Humble 21.

Records - Humble 15-9,4-1, Kingwood - 11-14,2-4.

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