After another strong showing at a preseason tournament, most of the out of conference slate for the Humble Wildcats boys’ basketball team is done.
It is now time for District 21-5A play, an 18 game slate where the fate of Humble’s postseason destination truly will be determined.
After their strong 4-1 showing at the McDonald’s Tournament in Pasadena, the Wildcats came home to face the Rangers of Baytown Sterling. In their home opener, Humble successfully built off their momentum with an 85-48 blowout win.
Then, it was off to Lufkin for the Lufkin-Hudson Tournament. In that tournament, the Wildcats had another strong showing, with four wins in six outings.
In pool play, the Wildcats got off to a rousing start with two blowout wins. The first one, a battle of Wildcats between Humble and Whitehouse, was a 71-38 Humble win. That was followed by a 93-26 win over Woden.
Despite a close 57-50 loss to Center, the Wildcats remained in good shape for the single-elimination stage. In that game against Center, it was a 38-37 game after three quarters before the Roughriders seized the game in the fourth.
In the knockout stage, Humble grabbed two more lopsided victories as they beat Coldspring 86-32 and in a rematch with Whitehouse defeated them again 69-46.
However, the final game, which was a rematch against the Roughriders, could be considered a carbon copy of the first matchup. In this game, the Wildcats held a one point lead at half and a one point lead going into the fourth quarter.
But, once again, the Roughriders played strong down the stretch. Led by Octavius Evans’ 29 points, Center outscored the Wildcats 21-6 in the fourth for a 57-43 win.
The Wildcats open district play Tuesday night at Baytown Lee; their first district home game is Friday night against Splendora.