BOYS HOOPS: College Park keeps season alive with victory over Conroe

February 15, 2017 GMT

THE WOODLANDS - The Conroe Tigers came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday night as they tried to play spoiler and knock College Park out of the playoff picture.

The Cavaliers trailed Conroe by 19 points with a little more than five minutes left in the second quarter, but rallied to make it a two-point game heading into halftime.

Junior guard Quentin Grimes had 21 third-quarter points on his way to a triple-double, as the Cavaliers defeated Conroe 87-74 at College Park to force a play-in game against Oak Ridge on Friday.

Since the War Eagles (12-16, 5-5) defeated Montgomery 59-43 Tuesday night, College Park (21-14, 5-5) and Oak Ridge are tied for fourth place in District 12-6A.

“Conroe came out and hit some shots, and I don’t think we were mentally engaged,” College Park coach Clifton McNeely said. “That happens when you are thinking about it being the last night playing in this gym. But they shook it off, played a great second, third and fourth quarter, and I’m proud of how our guys battled.”


Grimes won the opening tip off for College Park and then put back a Shannon Scott miss to give College Park a 2-0 lead.

It was the last field goal the Cavaliers got for a while as Conroe (17-12, 6-4) jumped out to a 12-3 lead with 5:13 left in the opening quarter.

The lead then ballooned to 11 when Conroe junior Jay Lewis hit his third 3-pointer of the night. A few minutes later, he hit his fourth 3-pointer of the quarter to give Conroe a 29-11 lead heading into the second period.

Lewis scored 14 of his game-high 42 points in the first, going 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 5-for-5 from the floor.

Despite his hot start, College Park was able to hold Lewis to five points in the second quarter as they outscored the Tigers 28-22 to make it 41-39 at halftime.

Lewis tried to take over the game, scoring 17 more points in the third quarter, but he was outdone by Grimes.

Grimes scored 21 of his 32 points in the third quarter, punctuated by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer the junior guard hit from the left wing as he fell into the cheerleaders standing along the sideline.

With Grimes matching Lewis shot for shot, the rest of the Cavaliers were able find some open looks, and College Park took a 72-63 lead into the final quarter.

“When [Grimes] had to be great, he was great tonight,” McNeely said. “He stepped up, and his teammates did too. If a kid is that good, that is his time to shine. I think he has proven time and time again that he is a big-time player and that he is one of the best in the country. When it was time, he was fighting through double teams, fighting to the basketball. There were times where he was taking three guys with him.”

Grimes also finished the night with 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

College Park also got 22 points from Scott, who went 5-for-10 from 3-point range, three of which came during the Cavaliers’ second-quarter rally.


Junior Deon Blakemore also knocked down a pair of 3s and finished the night with 14 points on 50 percent shooting.

College Park also got nine points from Kimani Anderson and eight points from Jordan Turnquest.

Lewis accounted for nearly 60 percent of Conroe’s scoring Tuesday night. After a huge first and an even bigger third quarter, Lewis scored just six points in the fourth quarter, four of which came from the free-throw line.

No other Tiger finished in double-figures.

Blain Alger scored eight points, Bryce Harris had seven, and Derrick Ingram had six.

After the game Conroe coach Daryl Mason said the Tigers needed other guys to step up if they wanted to pull out the win.

″[College Park] played better,” Mason said. “They hit shots and played better than we did. Someone else has to be more assertive to help [Lewis] out. He can only have so much gas in the gas tank.”

Conroe is tied with Lufkin (17-12, 6-4) for second place in 12-6A and will flip a coin to determine who will be the second and third seed from the district.