By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON- Fabian White took over in the third quarter against his former team, scoring 10 of his 20 points in the quarter, propelling Atascocita to its ninth-straight win against Kingwood with a 53-30 victory.
“Well I knew they were going to try and triple-team me in the post so my teammates did a good job passing me the ball at the right spots,” White said. “I’ve been working on my mid-range, they knew where I could shoot and couldn’t shoot. Probably made it easier for them.”
Early and often the Mustangs (14-9, 4-2 in District 21-5A play) had issues scoring.
After pulling within two, down 13-11 midway through the second quarter, the Mustangs were not able to stave off the 11-7 run by the Eagles to trail 24-18 at the half.
In the third quarter, both teams had trouble shooting, both failing to score in the opening 4:04 of the quarter. Finally Atascocita (16-8, 6-0) broke the scoring drought with a pair White free throws.
From that point the rest of the quarter would be owned by the Eagles. White scored 10 of Atascocita’s 12 points on a 12-0 run over a span of 3:55, expanding its lead to 36-18.
“We both came out and couldn’t hit a bucket for the first few minutes,” Martinez said. “I think at one point us and them were a combined 0-for-11. We were just battling it out and then we got a free throw and it got us going a little bit.”
Kingwood failed to score a single point in the third quarter until the final second with a free throw from Brandon Burrell.
The Mustangs were held to just one point for the first 10:55 of the second half before finally getting some offense going but it was a little too late.
Chase Lovins led Kingwood in scoring with eight points, followed by Connor Gaines, who had seven.
After outscoring Kingwood 12-1 in the third quarter, Atascocita opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to surge its lead to 20-plus to eventually win by 23.
The Eagles were led by White’s 20, followed by Kobe Wilson with 10 and Devin Harrison with six.
“It’s good it was part of the thought process, I thought with us losing 10 seniors from last year it was going to take a while to get these guys where they needed to be,” Martinez said. “They’re coming along. They’re getting a little better every day, every game. A little more experience. We played an extremely tough preseason and it’s helped us in a lot of ways.”
Atascocita is at Channelview, while Kingwood hosts Goose Creek Memorial on Friday to continue District 21-6A play.