Humble’s playoff tradition continues for 26th straight year
Justin Lawson has played on Humble’s varsity team since his freshman season.
Each season Lawson has played in the playoffs with the Wildcats — his senior year will be no different.
“The tradition is very important here,” Lawson said. “Especially the atmosphere when our fans are loud here. It’s something we all play for.”
Humble defeated Kingwood 71-55 on Feb. 1 at Larry Johnson Gymnasium, which became a historic victory. The win clinched a postseason spot for Humble, which means the Wildcats are in the playoffs for the 26th straight season.
“We definitely want to keep it going,” said Humble coach Lair Crawford. “I say this every year — we don’t want to be that one team that doesn’t get in. We had a pretty good feeling this year going in that we could get in. It was just matter of where we finish.”
Humble’s season isn’t over yet. The Wildcats currently sit in third place in district, but can move up to the second spot with a win against Sam Rayburn on the road Friday night and a win against South Houston in the home finale on Jan. 12.
“It feels good to be in the playoffs,” said junior guard Dylan Miles. “We aren’t satisfied with just being in the playoffs. We’re trying to make a bigger statement and make it farther in the playoffs.”
Miles is honored to be a part of a Humble basketball program that has a long tradition of winning.
“It makes it fun being a part of a big program,” Miles said. “A lot of players have come through and won a lot of games here. It’s a great atmosphere here with our fans too.”
The Wildcats have always had their home court advantage being inside Larry Johnson Gymnasium.
A gymnasium that echos noise from the stands to the court.
It also has a lot of tradition of winning basketball games and hosting district titles.
“It’s probably my favorite thing, being in the gym,” Crawford said. “I love walking in when it’s empty. It’s quiet and so peaceful. Then it can get loud too.”
The stands were packed against Kingwood with the band and fans in the stands cheering on the Wildcats.
It was so loud that Kingwood head coach Monte Cole had some trouble talking with his players.
“Coach Cole and I are good friends, and when it got loud he told me that his players couldn’t hear him in the huddle after a timeout,” Crawford said.
The Wildcats moved up from Class 5A to Class 6A and are competing in a tough district.
Humble will look to close out the regular season strong.
“We knew it was going to be a tough district with the Humble (ISD) schools,” Crawford said. “South Houston has been a little bit of a surprise, but they have had guys on varsity for a while. We thought Summer Creek would be good and they have surprised a lot of people. The other teams are used to fighting for those last playoffs spots too. The different between 5A and 6A is that there are no nights were you can take off. Each game is important and it always comes down to the last minute.”