HS Basketball Playoffs: Cypress Falls defeats College Park in 4th Quarter Battle
|THE WOODLANDS, TX -– Having a great district season is one thing, but going into the playoffs as a top 25 team in Texas is another. College Park ran through the ranking reaching as far as 22nd in Texas high school basketball. This team was just butter, with Ty Buckman, and Darel Reece leading charge while Martez James and Xander Singh are crashing the boards and fighting for rebounds. Cy Falls, had many players on their team but none more impactful than Joseph Tugler who had an umbrella on the basket with his many blocks.|
Going onto the first half College Park came out as their typical aggressive self, swarming the shooter and attacking the rim to get point on the board. Cy Falls went right into action and used their height and length to defend the bucket but was unsuccessful since neither of the teams have met before. It wasn’t until later in the first half that each team was able to feel each other out and start defending the goal. This led to less points scored but a great display of defense on both ends of the court. The half closes with a close 25 – 23 score with College Park leading by 2.
With a packed house at The Woodlands High School, each team came out in support for their team making it to Round 2 of the UIL Boys Basketball Playoffs. Coming out after the half, in the third quarter Cy-Falls cranked up their defense to eleven and punished College Park by only allowing them to score 2 points the entire quarter. This would eventually hurt the Cavaliers in the fourth since they would have to make a comeback to lead again. In the fourth College Park bounced back and tied the game and kept it close until the final seconds. Cy-Falls battled for the four-point lead and eventually was able to lead College Park enough to force them to rush shots. Cy-Falls holds off College Park and moves on to the Regional Quarterfinals against the strong third in Texas, Westfield. Final score 43-39.
College Park displayed not only skill and talent but also class. Emotions are always high in tense situations and although College Park ended their season against Cy-Falls, they still shook hands and reflected on a great season. Many seniors will graduate and move onto their next chapter but they will remember the dedication they gave to become undefeated in district and make it all the way to the area round against top ranked schools. College Park had an unbelievable season, and will continue to push for greatness in the upcoming seasons.