MISSOURI CITY — The Falcons had the manpower advantage over Sharpstown in their 5A bi-district matchup. But the Apollos made the Falcons work for their first-round win.
In the end, Foster beat Sharpstown 55-44 Saturday at Hopson Fieldhouse in Missouri City. It was the program's second bi-district win in 20 years.
Foster, ranked No. 15 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ poll, will next face No. 2 Beaumont United in the area round. United beat La Porte 92-54 on Saturday.
Foster relied on its defense in the second half to pull away, holding Sharpstown to 16 points in the second half, eight in each quarter.
“It was just ‘find a way,’” Foster head coach Reuben Fatheree Sr. said. “I told my guys that we did some pretty good things in the second half in district. So go out there, find a way and get it done.”
The Apollos only had seven dressed players, but one of them was senior forward Josh Farmer, a 6-foot-8 player committed to play at UTSA. Farmer carried his team on his back all game long, scoring 27 points, including 10 points in the first quarter to put the Apollos up 18-15.
Farmer would score seven more in the second quarter, but Foster got its offense going as senior forward Reuben (Deuce) Fatheree II dominated the paint, scoring 11 first-half points to help the Falcons take a 29-28 halftime lead.
Farmer scored all eight third-quarter points for Sharpstown, but Foster scored 11 in the period, including a couple of buckets by Fatheree and a three-pointer by senior guard Israel Calderon to put the Falcons up by four.
Foster finally pulled away by holding Farmer to only two free throws, while junior guard Chancellor White scored seven points in the quarter, including a three-pointer.
Fatheree ended with 19 points and White had 13 points for Foster, which moved to 18-5 on the season.