The 2016-17 high school boys basketball season came to a close early last week for the Kingwood Mustangs. A 41-15 loss to District 23-6A champion Pearland Dawson brought the curtain down on a highly successful campaign.

The Mustangs, District 21-6A runner-up, close the season with a 23-11 record and were led by a trio of seniors that included Chase Lovins, Matt Charles and Brandon Burrell.

Kingwood’s Connor Gaines takes a charge during the Mustangs’ postseason loss to Dawson. Photo by Glenn Sattell

Kingwood ran into a buzzsaw early last week at Pasadena’s Phillips Field House. Dawson reeled off the first 17 points of the region quarterfinals playoff game.

With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, Brian Barker finally broke the ice for Kingwood, making its only field goal of the first. The Mustangs could not overcome deficits of 20-2 and 25-7 at the end of the first two quarters respectively.

 Ubong Nwoko scored five of Kingwood’s seven first-half points.

 It was another futile eight minutes coming out of halftime with Kingwood able to put just two more points on the scoreboard, those coming from Burrell.

 The Mustangs trailed 31-9 entering the fourth quarter.

 Charles and Lovins scored three points each in the final period to account for Kingwood’s total.

 It marked the end for an undersized and over-achieving Kingwood team that won 20-plus games for the second consecutive season.

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