A Walker Blaine putback at the buzzer lifted Kingwood to a hard-fought 60-58 victory at Humble early last week. Blaine led the team in scoring with 15 points, but none were bigger than his buzzer beater.
After plucking an offensive rebound, Blaine immediately went back up in a crowd and drained the game winner.
The Mustangs climbed back from an early 12-point deficit with a steady team game that methodically erased Humble’s advantage. Nick Newman tied the game in the final seconds with a free throw, setting the stage for the dramatic ending.
Chris Mullins and Nick Luckett were also among the key players for Kingwood.
The Mustangs improved to 15-7 overall and 5-1 in District 22-6A play. Kingwood keeps pace with the leaders in the district. Entering this week’s action, No. 5 state-ranked Summer Creek leads the district with a 6-0 record. Not far behind is No. 9 state-ranked Atascocita at 6-1.
Also in the playoff chase is Pasadena Dobie, which sits fourth in the district with a 5-2 league mark.
Kingwood completes the first round of district play next week. It starts off with a big showdown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Atascocita. The Mustangs then host Sam Rayburn at 7 p.m. Friday to close the first round of district action.