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Mason Daniels, 13, fights it out for the ball against Kingwood during the Eagles 60-49 defeat at the Gulf Coast Classic on Friday.

Late rally comes up short vs. Kingwood

MONT BELVIEU - Barbers Hill boys basketball hoped to make a finishing statement to the 2019 portion of the current season with a strong performance at their own Gulf Coast Classic this weekend.

Kingwood had other ideas and behind a more physical roster and an approach that did not allow the host Eagles to create a consistent tempo in their favor, the visitors rolled to a 60-49 pool play win that knocked the hosts from championship contention.

Mason Daniels led Barbers Hill with 11 points while Devin Figueroa added nine points.

“They outplayed us,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “We turned then over several times and got them out of their game plan, but we had to get out of our game plan to do it. Both teams are very similar, but when we have to press and run and make it hully gully, we aren’t very good at that.”

The Eagles (15-5) were to play Cy Springs in the Silver Bracket final Saturday afternoon after a 71-56 win over Channleview Saturday morning.

Barbers Hill fell to Cy Springs, 66-60.

Against Kingwood, the Eagles scrapped their way to a 22-19 halftime lead behind a feisty zone defense and opportune scoring chances.

Then Kingwood took control of the game with the first 16 points of the second half before the Eagles got on the board again at the 1:21 mark of the third quarter.

That didn’t mean the Eagles would roll over and they rallied to within four points late in the game thanks to three point shots by Nick Crump and Daniels during a 12-6 run that pulled them to within 47-43 with 2:59 remaining.

From there, Kingwood would regain control and close to the game emphatically to advance as pool winners to the gold bracket.

“They did a good job coaching and they called time out and settled down and they made a good adjustment there,” Pennington said. “I am proud of the heart we showed . We are out there without anyone there above 6-foot-1 for most of the third and fourth quarter so I am proud of our effort.”

Barbers Hill beat Wisdom 98-26 in its opening game of the tournament Friday.

GCM finishes second in Pasadena

Despite a 1-1 pool record Friday, the Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team found itself in the championship of the Pasadena Tournament Saturday.

There, the Patriots fell to Klein Oak, 70-35, to wrap up a 2-2 weekend before beginning District 22-5A play Friday night against Robert E. Lee.

GCM (12-8) got to the final by virtue of a 71-47 win over Fort Bend Austin in a semifinal earlier Saturday as TJ Bolds scored 15 points, Dariyus Woodson added 14 points and Sm Bradford and Malik Mustafaa each added 11 points.

In pool play, GCM beat Houston Heights, 74-72 behind  22-point effort by Bradford who also scored 17 points in  74-57 loss to Houston Northside.

Sterling gets to Buffalo final

The Sterling Rangers advanced to Saturday's final of the Buffalo Tournament against New Waverly.

The Rangers (7-10) advanced with a 65-59 win over Flower Mound Saturday afternoon.

In pool play, Sterling beat West Hardin Friday, 71-64, riding a 14-0 lead to the win.

"Very careless basketball and some very untimely foul calls, kept most of Sterlings starters on the bench," Sterling head coach Greg Smith said. "Eventually the Rangers were able to capitalize with their kids in foul trouble back in the game, to put the game away with under a minute to go."
 
Sterling was led by Wes Jozwiak (18 points) and Kyle Arclies (16 points).
 
On day one of the tournament on Thursday, Sterling lost 64-63 to New Waverly and beat Splendora 74-60.
 
New Waverly won on a shot off an inbounds play in the final seconds to win as Kevin Kirkland led Sterling with 18 points.
 
The win over Splendora saw Jozwiak lead the way with 16 points while Arclies added 15 points.
 
"We finally got things together and tool control of Splendora," Smith said. "This win allowed us to win the pool, and get a bye in bracket play."

Shorthanded REL splits at New Caney; Cougars go 2-1

The Ganders went 1-1 on the first day of play at the New Caney tournament Friday.

Playing with only seven players, REL (4-10) lost 90-46 to A&M Consolidated and beat Waller, 61-51 with Adrian Boston leading the Ganders with 20 and 24 points.

Marc Hall scored 11 points while Myles Land and Adrian Rodriguez each scored nine points in the win over Waller.

"We got big minutes and a good game from all of the six varsity members plus Justin Hathcoat the latest freshmen added to the team," REL head coach Seth Due said.

Crosby went 2-1 to start off play at New Caney.

They lost their opener 67-61 against Katy Seven Lakes while Sean Haggerty scored 34 points.

The Cougars bounced back for a 63-54 win over Cy Ranch with Haggerty and Jaylen Herman scoring 22 points apiece.

Saturday, the Cougars held on to beat Westbury 78-74, with Haggerty (32 points) and Herman (23 points) leading the way.

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