Trailing by seven at the half, the Crosby Cougars came roaring back for a 55-48 win over the Humble Wildcats on Saturday February 1, 2014 at Larry Johnson Gymnasium. Crosby (12-12, 7-6) entered the contest a game back of the Wildcats in a race for District 19-4A's final playoff berth.
Humble ( 12-17, 7-6) held a slim 13-11 lead after the first quarter due to a strong rebounding effort on both ends of the court something Crosby head coach Edwin Eagans was concerned about before tip-off.
"Humble is a strong rebounding team," said Eagans. "We will have to keep them off the glass if we are going to win the game."
Humble continued it's strong first half rebounding performance and strung together with back to back treys from senior point guard Justin Gonzalez built a ten point cushion. Crosby began to rally as the opening half dwindled away behind a layup from guard Tristan Eagans and a pair of free throws from Shane Hudson.
Crosby opened the second half with a basket from Aaron Brown at 7:49 and closed the quarter with an electrifying coast to coast layup from Hudson resulting in an "and 1" and a score knotted at 32-32.
The Cougar comeback continued in the fourth. With 7:42 showingo n the game clock, Brown's two free throws gave Crosby it's first lead since Jerris Harris' three pointer had given Humble a 9-6 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
The Cougars who made minor adjustments at halftime according to Eagans had that refuse to lose attitude in full swing as the teams entered the final eight minutes of play. Nursing a three point lead, Crosby's Tristan Eagans dropped in seven straight points extended the lead to six and by the time Brown dropped in a bucket with 3:02 to play, the lead was eleven.
Key free throws by sophomore guard TJ Lang and Brown with less then sixteen ticks on the clock sealed the Cougars 55-48 win.
Brown paced Crosby with 16 points. Eagans added 14 points and the two combined for 11-15 from the charity stripe. Humble's Brandon Joseph led all scorers with 17 points.
With three games left,the win gives Crosby the inside track to the playoffs having now beaten Humble in both meetings this season.
Crosby returns home to host Porter on Tuesday February 4th while Humble hits the road visiting C.E. King. Both games are slated for 7:30p.m. tips.