Klein Forest squeaks past Spring, 78-74
Klein Forest finished last year with a 34-1 record. Coach Cary Black’s Eagles were undefeated in district play with a 14-0 record.
Senior Durey Cadwell is a key returning player from last year’s team. He led Klein Forest (7-3) with 21 points as the Eagles escaped Spring with a 78-74 pre-district win Tuesday night at Spring High School.
Senior TaMarcus Butler added 17 points.
The Eagles were playing without junior Calvin Solomon who was injured during a basketball play a few weeks ago. He will be out six to eight weeks. The Eugene brothers led the Lions’ young squad. Christyon Eugene led all scorers with 24 points, while brother Vincent Eugene finished with 11.
Cadwell opened the game with an exciting dunk that put the visiting section on its feet.
Christyon Eugene made a two-point basket then Cadwell was fouled driving for a layup, nailing both the basket and the free throw.
Christyon Eugene responded with a layup then hit the first three-pointer of the game to give Spring its first lead, 11-9.
That lead would last only one play as Cadwell connected on an open transition layup to tie the game again.
Cadwell continued amusing the visiting crowd, this time hitting a three-pointer from 5-feet behind the three-point line.
Calvin Williams hit a three-pointer then D’Angelo Smith had the game’s first dunk to give Klein Forest a 21-19 lead going into the second.
Klein Forest continued its dominant play, outscoring Spring 19-14 in the second. Spring (6-7) began the quarter on a 7-2 run before the Eagles’ defense came to life, shutting them to only 7 points the rest of the quarter.
The Eagles responded with a 10-2 run to take back command of the game. Deontaye Green and Cadwell both made contested three-pointers to fuel the run.
Jordan Taylor’s three-pointer at the buzzer cut the Lions’ deficit to 40-33 at halftime.
Both squads scored evenly in the third. Klein Forest barely had more points than Spring 21-18.
Butler’s three-pointer made it 47-35. The Eagles led by as much as 16 when Tyrese Howard hit an open three-point shot.
A three-point play by Christyon Eugene and a layup by Keionte Cornelius made it an 11-point game, 62-51, going into the fourth.
After Cadwell hit two big free throws, back-to-back layups by the Lions’ Tre and Quinn Polley brought it under 10 points for the first time since halftime.
Taylor and Christyon Eugene each hit three-pointers. They were only down 8, 72-64, with 3 minutes remaining.
Vincent Eugene’s two layups and Prince Limbrick’s put back had Spring within 2 with under 1 minute left.
After a Cadwell fast break layup, Christyon Eugene’s tough layup made it a 2-point game again, 76-74.
That’s when Kharee McDaniel iced it with a clutch two-point shot from the left side.
Cornelius missed a three-point shot with 30 seconds left that would have put the Lions within one point.