Darrion Harper drives to the basket for a layup and two of his 11 points scored against Kirbyville on Friday. - Photo by Daniel Elizondo
The Kountze Lions are taking no prisoners as of late and continue to dominate the basketball court in class 2A, remaining as the no. 1 team in Texas.
Kountze (25-3, 7-0 in Dist. 20-2A) continue to stroll past opponents with any weapon of choice while disrupting any team’s offense – if they can get rolling with any offense.
The latest “rag-dolls” to the Lions last week, took it on the chin, as many of Kountze’s opponents, weathering a beating in excess of 100 points by speed and 3-pointers that kill.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Deweyville had no chance against the Lions posting only 16 first half points en route to a dismal 130-35 thrashing by Kountze in the 20-2A game.
The entire members of the team scored at least one bucket in the win for Kountze with Jamazdon Powell leading the way with 27 points including five buckets from beyond the arc.
Marcus Williams followed in scoring after posting 18 points in the win.
Kountze led after one quarter 38-8 and tacked on 40 more points in the second to take a resounding 78-16 lead at the midway point.
Also scoring in double figures were Justin Harper with 14 points; Grayland Arnold finished with 12 points; Dante McMahon, Darrion Harper and B. Hooper each scored 10 points.
JJ Edwards finished with eight points, Xavier Barnes finished with seven points, J. Cunnigan and Alex Orsot each finished with five points, and Corey Lowe finished with three.
Kountze ended the week with a battle for first place in District 20-2A with Kirbyville, but the contest proved to be a moot point for the Lions.
The Wildcats seemed to be a more formidable opponent, but Kountze’s defense paved the way to another lopsided victory for the Lions, this time with a 101-45 win.
Guard Justin Harper lit up the air for Kountze hitting five 3-pointers in the first quarter, including three in a row to start the game.
Harper finished with 16 points and helped give Kountze a 21-9 advantage after one quarter.
Kirbyville’s only lead in the game came on a jumper in the opening moments of the game after the Wildcats won the tip.
Kountze upped the anty in the second quarter, this time with Powell taking to the air behind the arc with two 3-pointers to help extend the lead 28-9.
Midway through the second quarter, Kountze had already posted a 23-1 run and eventually went into the locker room at halftime with a 52-19 lead.
Powell led the Lions in scoring with 20 points including four 3-pointers. McMahon scored 15, Arnold scored 12, and Darrion Harper and Williams each scored 11 points. Edwards finished with eight points.
Barnes recorded four points, and Hooper and Lowe each scored a bucket.
Kountze continues through the second half of league action hosting Warren on Friday and traveling to Corrigan-Camden on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Lions have not lost a game since Dec. 7, falling to Humble and Tatum in back-to-back games during the Hardin-Jefferson Tournament. Their only other loss was to Hardin-Jefferon on Nov. 16 in the second game of the season.