HS Basketball: The Woodlands Takes on Grand Oaks For Second Time

By: Julio Varguez
| Published 01/19/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX -– Shey Eberwein (#2) and The Woodlands Highlanders host Samuel Nkassa (#24) and the Grand Oaks Grizzlies at The Woodlands High School on the 18th of January. This is the second time Grizzlies have faced the Highlanders with Grand Oaks winning the first game 64-55 at home. The Woodlands looks to improve their record and show that they are the dominate power house of the 13-6A district.

In the first quarter both teams came out aggressive them progressively got slower and slower as the clock ticked away. It seemed like when Grand Oaks entered The Woodlands High School, their powers drained and they struggled to make plays and get baskets. By the end of the first quarter the game was almost even with The Woodlands edging out Grand Oaks 12-10.
The second quarter was something that hasn’t been seen in a while. Grand Oaks struggled at their end making it seem like there was a lid on the basket. Their defense was not terrible on the other end as The Woodlands struggled to make plays. As halftime came, Grand Oaks found themselves with no additional points on the board. The Highlanders shutout the Grizzlies 14-0 in the second making it 26-10 at halftime.

As Grand Oaks came out of the locker room visibly frustrated as they get ready to start the 3rd quarter. Once again, they struggled against The Woodlands defense and wouldn’t score again until 5:44 in the third quarter. By this time the Highlanders seemed to back off the defense and stopped putting pressure on the handler. The Grizzlies, determined to keep the points flowing, were aggressive in a sense but made many mistakes resulting in turnovers and more points for The Woodlands. By the 4th Grand Oaks was once again outscored 15-6 making the score 41-16 with one last quarter.

Finally in the 4th Grand Oaks woke up. This is how they should have been playing which is how they always play. For some reason things just didn’t seem to connect but in the 4th they played like their normal selves. Unfortunately, it was short lived due to the huge lead The Woodlands put on them. This was the highest scoring quarter with 18 points on the board, 5 of which came from Dante Thomas, Eli Augustine and Samuel Nkassa. Final score 53 to 34.

The Woodlands take Round 2 of the Grand Oaks vs The Woodlands. The series is tied up 1-1 and the next and final game will be February 4th at Grand Oaks.

Area Scores (missing information added when available)

Boys Basketball
The Woodlands (5-2) def. Grand Oaks (5-2) – 53-34
College Park (7-0) def. Conroe (1-6) – 79-58
Oak Ridge vs Willis - 74-52

Girls Basketball
Conroe (4-0) def. College Park (1-3) – 44-26
Grand Oaks (3-1) def. The Woodlands (1-3) – 54-29
Oak Ridge (2-2) def. Willis (1-3) – 53-44

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