The Kingwood High School boys’ basketball team opened District 22-6A play by winning two of three games. 

Chase Lovins poured in 23 points and Matt Charles pumped in another 21 as Kingwood rolled past Summer Creek, 64-35, on the road Friday in the most recent action. Brandon Burrell played a key role with 12 points and seven assists.

The Mustangs took charge from the outset, building a 22-12 lead after one quarter before a 22-7 third-quarter run opened up a 53-32 advantage through three quarters.

Charles scored 21 points in Kingwood’s 51-41 victory over North Shore in the district home opener early last week. Connor Gaines finished with nine points and Lovins added seven more.

Kingwood led from the outset, holding an 11-9 lead at the quarter before running off 11 straight points to hold a commanding 22-9 advantage midway through the second quarter. A 28-14 halftime lead dwindled down to 30-25 before Kingwood regained momentum and a 37-30 lead entering the fourth quarter.

It was a solid bounce-back victory for the Mustangs after dropping the district opener, a 53-48 setback at Channelview on New Year’s Eve. Burrell scored 14 points and Charles added 12 more.

But Kingwood could not overcome a 14-6 Falcons’ run in the third quarter. Kingwood led early, grabbing a 13-11 lead at the quarter. The teams were tied at 23 at halftime.

Over the holiday break, the Mustangs basketball team finished fifth in a pool of 16 teams in their annual 2016 Insperity Holiday Classic. 

Junior Ubong Nwoko pulling up for a three-pointer in Kingwood’s 51-35 win over Nimitz. Nwoko lead the Mustangs with 12 points. Photos by Gabe Henderson

“We played very well defensively [throughout the tournament],” senior Chase Lovins said. “Offensively, we can improve.”

Heading into day number two, Kingwood would play in a smaller bracket on the winner’s bracket side, a four-team fight for fifth place.

The Mustangs opened up day two against a Cy-Fair squad who tallied an impressive win over The Woodlands early in the tournament. After scoring just 7 points in the first quarter, the Mustangs’ offense came alive in the second quarter versus the Bobcats, and never looked back.

Kingwood defeated Cy-Fair 56-44 behind Lovins’ 16 points and Charles’ 11 points.

The fifth-place match-up was set; Kingwood would face off against Houston ISD’s Heights High School. 

The Mustangs return to district play this week. They host Baytown Sterling on Tuesday before visiting C.E. King on Friday.