Manvel drops two straight league games

MANVEL — As the regular season winds down, the Manvel Mavericks (17-12, 8-6) need some clutch wins if they are to continue their season in the post-season.

The Ball High Tors thrilled their home fans and scored a crucial upset win over Manvel on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Ball High turned a 30-24 halftime deficit into a 41-37 lead heading into the final quarter by winning the third period, 17-7. The Tors were able to fend off Manvel in the last quarter in a tooth-and-nail battle to the final whistle.

In a game where all other factors were fairly equal, it was superior and frequent free throw shooting for Ball High (24-for-34) over Manvel (10-for-17) that was a difference maker.

Javon Elliott lead Ball High with 16 points and eight rebounds. Also turning in top performances for the Tors were Brian Ball (11 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Josh Fields (10 points).

Fort Bend Elkins 55 - Manvel 53

Manvel fell to the second-place Elkins Knights 55-53 in a District 23-5A showdown placing the Mavs in fourth place in the league standings.

The Mavs can't afford to loose too many more games if they want to extend their basketball season.

Elkins took the opening quarter 12-9, but the Mavs cut the halftime lead to 25-24 after winning the second period 15-13 behind the shooting of Jalen Preston who nailed a pair of 3-point bombs and five points by Jason Scott.

Manvel took the lead in the third quarter 40-37 after the Mavs outscored the Knights 16-12.

It looked like the Mavs were going to pull off the upset, but Elkins outscored Manvel 18-13 down the stretch as the Mavs hit only one field goal by Preston while spending the rest of the period at the free throw line.

Elkins scored nine field goals while Manvel was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe with Preston going 8-for-8 to keep the Mavs in the game.

Unfortunately, the Mavs came up short 55-53 to fall to 8-5 in district.

Preston finished as the game's top scorer with 24 points while Scott tossed in 13.