Kingwood opened the District 22-6A boys’ basketball season at home on Friday with a resounding 69-46 victory over South Houston.

The Mustangs rallied from a 13-10 first-quarter deficit with a 22-6 run over the next eight minutes and enjoyed a 32-19 lead at halftime.

Trailing at 15-10, Kingwood scored 14 unanswered points to pull all the momentum on the side of the Mustangs. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Chris Mullins and Tommy Neuman sparked the rally and gave the Mustangs a lead they never relinquished.

Neuman finished with 13 points and Walker Blaine led the team with 15 points, including a 3-pointer to open the second half and extend the Mustangs’ lead to 35-19.

Kingwood finished with a flurry, outscoring the visiting Trojans 21-11 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Billy Gould hit for double figures, scoring 11 points for the Mustangs, who improved to 9-4 overall this season.

Mason Carlos, Nick Luckett, Nick Neuman, Kade Janikula, Demi Areola and Grayson Carroll were also among the scorers for Kingwood.

The Mustangs continue district play on Friday at Pasadena Memorial before returning home for a Tuesday encounter with Dobie. Both district games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

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