HS Basketball Scoreboard: Late comeback by College Park steals win from The Woodlands
THE WOODLANDS, TX --
College Park 69, The Woodlands 66
After trailing by double digits for the majority of the night (12 points after three quarters), College Park outscored The Woodlands 24-9 in the fourth quarter to stun their rivals on the road. The dramatic win makes it eight-straight wins over the Highlanders and keeps the Cavaliers undefeated in District 13-6A with one game remaining.
The Woodlands jumped out to a 9-0 start in this game, and unlike other teams this season, the Highlanders were able to keep the pressure on throughout the game. Brock Luechtefeld took over the game in the paint for The Woodlands. Grabbing boards and scoring high percentage shots, Luechtefeld helped the Highlanders take a 36-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. The lead could have been 14 points, but Drew Calderon beat the halftime buzzer with a three-pointer.
That was the theme of the first three quarters. While The Woodlands was in control, College Park did just enough to hang around and avoid letting the game get out of hand. A Ty Buckmon three-pointer cut the deficit to 10 points late in the third quarter, but a Brock Luechtefeld layup right before the buzzer made it a 12-point game going into the fourth.
Both teams were in foul trouble in the final quarter and both shot free throws inconsistently all game, which made the final minutes even more nerve-racking for fans of both teams. Nathaniel Murphy cut The Woodlands’ lead to seven before Buckmon hit a big-time three to make it a four-point game.
With three minutes to go and the Highlanders up by five, both teams began trading massive buckets. Murphy sank a stepback three to cut the deficit to two, then with 1:30 to go, Kylan Williams scored with a tough layup and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play and regain the five-point lead.
CP answered again with another Calderon three with 45 seconds to go. Then, after a foul sent Calderon to the line where he made one of two shots, Buckmon grabbed the rebound and connected on a floater for College Park’s first lead of the night with 30 seconds remaining.
Buckmon added another layup on a fast break to take a three-point lead with 10 seconds to go, then, fittingly, College Park’s defense stepped up with the game on the line. Markel James was able to get a hand on what would’ve been the game-tying shot to secure the Cavalier victory.
College Park - Ty Buckmon 18 pts, Drew Calderon 16 pts
The Woodlands - Shey Eberwein 19 pts, Brock Luechtefeld 19 pts
College Park (23-3 / 14-0) Next Game: vs Grand Oaks - 2/12
The Woodlands (19-7 / 10-4) Next Game: @ Willis - 2/12
Oak Ridge 55, Grand Oaks 40
Needing a win to stay alive in the playoff race, Oak Ridge took down their rival to enter into a three-way tie for the final two spots with a game to go. The War Eagles win the season series over the Grizzlies 2-1 behind 19 points from Collin Heckenbach and 12 from Alton McCaskill.
Oak Ridge (12-14 / 6-8) Next Game: vs Conroe - 2/12
Grand Oaks (12-13 / 6-8) Next Game: @ College Park - 2/12
Conroe 56, Willis 54
The Tigers survived a scare to snap a three-game losing streak and stay in the playoff hunt. At 6-8 and tied with Grand Oaks and Oak Ridge, the Tigers and War Eagles will have a playoff spot on the line when they meet on Friday.
Conroe (9-14 / 6-8) Next Game: @ Oak Ridge - 2/12
Willis (2-24 / 0-14) Next Game: vs The Woodlands - 2/12
College Park 35, Conroe 30
The Cavaliers picked up the win in a makeup game with the Tigers to finish the regular season on a two-game win streak and finish tied for second place heading into the playoffs. Treasure Harrison led the team with 13 points, five rebounds, and three steals.