The Hornets made sure Oak Ridge did not spoil their fun Tuesday night in Conroe. With a playoff berth in their sights, the Huntsville boys got a little closer to their goal by shooting down the War Eagles 63-35.

Huntsville built a 31-14 halftime lead, and the Hornets never let up. Three players scored in double figures, helping Huntsville improve to 10-4 in District 14-5A play and 21-8 on the season.

Drae Murray scored 14 points for the Hornets, Broderick Purvis added 11 and Michael Williams threw in 10. Rayshadrick Johnson scored nine, Kirby Ennis had six, Kyedrick Fuller and Ed Lenoir contributed four points apiece, Kelbee Oliphant scored three and Melvin Gamble had two.

“We played very good defense tonight. They weren’t hitting their shots tonight, and our guys had a lot to do with that,” Hornets coach Doug Anderson said.

“We kept the pressure on them, full-court, man-to-man. We also did a very good job on the boards. We had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half. For the game, we had 20 offensive boards and 15 defensive, and we only had four turnovers.”

With Tuesday’s win, the Hornets remained in third place in 14-5A, with two games to play. Klein Forest is only a half-game behind HHS in the hunt for the third and final playoff berth. Anderson said that’s why it’s crucial for the Hornets to continue winning.

“Klein Forest beat College Park by 24 tonight. Klein Forest is playing very well, so we’ve got to win these last two games,” he said. “With two games left, the good thing is it’s still in our hands. We’re also playing some very good basketball.

“It’s going to be a great ballgame with Klein Collins on Friday. If The Woodlands can beat Klein Forest on Friday and we beat Klein Collins, we’ll be in the playoffs.”

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