Strong start, finish carries Barbers Hill
MONT BELVIEU – Young or not, the Barbers Hill boys basketball team has found a way to take its lessons to heart early this season.
All the while ripping out those of their opponents with strong starts and fantastic finishes.
Behind an efficient zone, timely three-point shooting and big plays at bigger moments, the Eagles moved to 5-0 with a 66-42 win over a determined Sterling Rangers effort.
Barbers Hill was led by Devin Figueroa (22 points) and Nick Marabito (15 points).
“We got some explosive shooters,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “You can’t key on one guy because they can all shoot it a little bit. That makes us dangerous and explosive.
“We need to understand we need to keep that intensity for four quarters. When you jump out to a big lead you tend to relax – everybody does it – and if you are going to be really good you can’t do that. We’re learning.”
The Rangers (1-7) were paced by Kyle Arclies (15 points) and Jeremy Benson (12 points).
“We didn’t come to play and got beat in every aspect of the game to come out,” Sterling head coach Greg Smith. “We were very inactive on defense and did not attack on offense. It was miserable basketball on our end and excellent basketball on their end.
“Eight turnovers against the zone in the first quarter? That’s absolutely absurd. We might as well punted that thing up there.”
The Eagles flew out to an early 15-1 lead behind two triples and some strong finishing around the tin.
Benson finally hit Sterling’s first basket – a three – at the 7:10 mark and that began Sterling’s slow climb back into contention,
Sterling found more holes in the Barbers Hill defense and thus had a number of point blank scores to pull within 27-16 moments before halftime.
However, Marabito drained a trey as the buzzer sounded and the hosts took a comfortable 30-16 into the break.
It came in handy as Sterling continued to chip way behind another Benson three and a Kevin Kirkland hoop and harm to close the gap to 37-27 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.
“We started playing harder on the defensive side and the offensive side started attacking,” Smith said. “We just ran out of gas.”
Another Benson 3-ball and a Kyle Arclies score in transition made the Rangers deficit 43-35 a minute into the fourth quarter, but the hosts blew past their guests with a 16-2 run for a 59-37 lead and a clinched victory.
Dayton girls 57, Crosby 39
Sterling girls 68, Pasadena Memorial 66 in OT
The Lady Rangers held on for thew win behind Precious Johnson (18 points), Aaliyah Jordan (17 points), Bailee St. Romain (16 points) and Seleni Bernardez (13 points).
Calvary Baptist girls 30, Baytown Christian 28