After coming close to taking the Kingwood Holiday Classic a couple of times (most recently in 2014) the Atascocita Eagles basketball team finally climbed the mountain in 2017.

Led by Kobe Wilson, Atascocita finished the game on runs of 20-8 and 8-0 and beat Seven Lakes in the championship game 55-46 on Dec. 28 to capture the tournament title for the first time.

Playing the tournament this year on their home floor, the Eagles started off with a decisive first round win over MacArthur, 68-44 on Dec. 27.

Then, in a quarterfinal matchup later that day, the Eagles trailed Humble 32-30 at the half, but used a 26-12 third quarter to eventually pull away and win 67-50.

After beating Cypress Springs 62-44 in the semifinals, the Eagles faced off with Seven Lakes in the championship game.

In a game that was tight and close all the way, both teams went back and forth until Seven Lakes emerged with a 38-35 lead late in the third quarter.

Then, Atascocita began to make its move.

Trey Davenport started it with back to back three pointers to put the Eagles in the lead; Wilson took over after that, finishing with 23 points and the Eagles converted eight free throws at the end of the game to eventually seal the win and the title.

In addition to their first tournament team title, the Eagles also saw Wilson named tournament Most Valuable Player.

HUMBLE

Meanwhile, also in the Kingwood Holiday Classic, the Humble Wildcats split four games in the tournament.

The Wildcats defeated 6A school Oak Ridge to begin their tournament, lost to Atascocita, then beat Kinkaid, then fell to Cy-Lakes later in the day.

The Eagles return to the court Tuesday night at Summer Creek, then host Baytown Sterling Friday. The Wildcats, undefeated in district 21-5A play, host Porter Wednesday and Crosby Friday.

Erich Eisenach
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I am proud to be this area’s Tribune Newspaper voice for Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek High School athletics, a capacity I have served in since the fall of 2011. High school sports are something I have grown to love since I started in this position, watching young kids live out their dreams in competition throughout the area and throughout the state. My greatest thrill in this position was being on Floor Eight at NRG Stadium in December of 2016 when Atascocita High School qualified for the state football semifinals for the first time. Aside from reporting sports, I am a regular parishioner of St. Martha Catholic Church of Kingwood. I am also a two-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and am a proud, but realistic, Nebraska Cornhuskers supporter. I do root for Houston’s local sports teams, but the Huskers are my team forever.