Manvel pulled out a hard-fought 52-49 win over Texas City in a 23-5A district showdown leaving four teams tied at the top of the league standings.
Manvel, Texas City, Fort Band Marshall and Fort Bend Elkins are all now 5-1 in district play.
Neither team could establish a lead larger than three-points in the first three quarters which had nine lead changes and three ties.
Texas City took the early in the game 15-13 after the opening eight minutes of action.
Manvel responded with an 11-9 second quarter leaving the two teams tied at 24-24 at intermission.
Leading 33-30 late in the third quarter, Texas City’s Kevon Owens scored seven points on three straight Stings’ possessions to give his team a 37-33 advantage.
But Manvel came back hitting some timely buckets as Vernice Seriale fired in a near half-court buzzer beater giving the Mavs a 41-39 lead entering the final period.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Manvel got their largest lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Jason Scott for a 50-43 lead.
Texas City continued to battle and cut the lead to 52-49 with a chance to tie up the game on their final possession, but the Mavs came up with a big defensive play to escape with a road win 52-49.
Scott was Manvel’s top offensive weapon with 17 points including 12 in the second half. Jalen Preston added 14 points and nine boards for the Mavs.
Story by Dr. David Davis