The District 21-6A boys' basketball playoff race got a little tighter on Friday after North Shore took a 50-47 victory over Kingwood. In the battle of Mustangs, Kingwood played from behind the entire night and though they fought back with a 12-8 edge over the final eight minutes, still came up just short.

Kingwood's grip on second place in the district standings, behind league-leading Atascocita, got a little looser on Friday. The Mustangs still maintain the edge, but only by one game over North Shore, and Channelview, and two games over Summer Creek and Baytown Sterling.

Chase Lovins scored 10 points and Luke Sharman added nine more for Kingwood in Friday's road loss as the Mustangs tried to come back from deficits of 26-20 at halftime and 42-35 after three quarters.

Kingwood claimed a big 61-48 victory over Channelview at home earlier last week. Brandon Burrell pumped in 21 points to lead the way. Lovins played a big role in the victory with 17 points and Matt Charles also hit for double figures with 10 points.

The Mustangs led from the outset. Burrell scored five first-quarter points in leading Kingwood to a 9-5 lead at the quarter. A 17-8 second-quarter surge extended that lead to 26-13 at halftime. Burrell had already accumulated 11 points by the break.

Kingwood led 44-33 entering the fourth quarter and fended off the Falcons over the final eight minutes.

The Mustangs host Summer Creek on Tuesday before traveling to Baytown on Friday to face Sterling. Both district games are set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Dave Shurmack
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I have covered Houston-area high school sports for three decades, including 12 years at The Houston Chronicle. I am also a freelance writer for MLB.com and other online publications.

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