FULSHEAR — The Fulshear High School boys basketball team hasn’t had an ideal start.
The Chargers have dealt with injuries and haven’t gelled early.
But some good home cooking in District 25-4A got the Chargers on track Tuesday night with a 50-28 victory over cross-county rival Needville, 50-28.
“We’re going to keep doing what we do,” Fulshear head coach Brett Nixon said. “We’re just trying to get better. This is just another step in what we need to do to continue to get confidence and a rhythm with how we play.”
Fulshear’s defense had all the answers in the second half, limiting Needville to 10 points.
The Blue Jays, on the other hand, couldn’t keep the momentum of a strong first half into the second half when Fulshear go into its rhythm.
“I thought the defense played well in the first half,” Needville head coach Patrick Oliver said. “We just need to find a way to put the ball in the basket.”
The cards fell in favor of Needville early.
Senior Cauzzi Grace drew Fulshear defenders with drives to the basket to set up senior James Roberts from beyond the arc.
Grace assisted on back-to-back shots from Roberts to put Needville up 7-5.
Junior B.J. Glover extended the lead with an assist to senior Xavier Lott in the post for two points to 9-5.
After Fulshear tied the game at 9 all, Josh Taylor got a put back at the buzzer to put Needville up 11-9.
Fulshear pushed the tempo in the second quarter to get out to a 19-13 lead before a Roberts three-pointer and two free throws from Grace cut the lead to 21-18.
Junior Jackson Edge had to step up with junior Demari Williams sidelined with early foul trouble.
Edge hit a three-pointer with 1:35 left in the second quarter to extend the Fulshear lead to 24-18.
Sophomore Sam Akinrelere started the scoring in the third quarter for Fulshear with a three-pointer to push the Charger advantage to 27-18.
Williams got his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the third quarter.
Fulshear poured in points from Akinrelere, Edge, sophomore Isaiah Barganier and senior Sean Pountney to lead 38-18.
Needville’s lone basket of the quarter came from Grace with 20 seconds left in the third frame.
Senior Othneil Lewis and Edge put the Blue Jays away with eight unanswered points to start the fourth quarter.
Pountney drew two chargers for Fulshear and Roberts had 11 points for Needville.
Needville (3-15, 1-1) will next play at home against Stafford while Fulshear (6-14, 1-1) travels to Royal on Friday