The Kingwood High School boys’ basketball team split a pair of District 21-6A games last week. The Mustangs dropped a 53-30 decision early last week on the road to Atascocita in a game between the district’s top two teams. Kingwood bounced back at home on Friday to throttle visiting Goose Creek Memorial, 63-38.
Chase Lovins led a trio of double-figure scorers in the win. Lovins scored 18 points, including eight in a first quarter that found the Mustangs stampeding to a 26-4 advantage. He hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring and Kingwood never looked back.
That margin was increased slightly over the next eight minutes as Kingwood enjoyed a 36-11 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs kept the pressure on their visitors and won handily. Brandon Burrell finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while Luke Sharman handed in 11 points more. Ubong Nwoko contributed to the victory, scoring seven points through the first three quarters.
It was a big bounce back after suffering through a disastrous second half at Atascocita. That was a game that stayed close for the first 16 minutes, with Atascocita holding just a 24-18 lead at halftime. But the district-leading Eagles ran off an 18-1 run to start the second half and put the game out of reach.
Lovins finished with eight points while Connor Gaines added seven more. Burrell and Matt Charles tossed in five points each.
The Mustangs (16-9, 5-2) get back into district play this week when they host Channelview on Tuesday before visiting North Shore on Friday. Both games are slated to tip off at 7 p.m.