HUDSON - On a night where college football took center stage with the National Championship, there was also some high school basketball on Monday night.
Whitehouse outscored Hudson 26-12 in the fourth quarter to take a 70-62 decision at Hudson Gym in a game that had some ties to college football.
Jackson Mahomes, the younger brother of Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, went 7 for 8 from the field and scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats. Mahomes is also the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes, who was in attendance on Monday.
Also in attendance on Monday were Texas Tech receiver Keke Coutee and University of Houston receiver Terry Mark - both former Lufkin Panthers.
On the court, Hudson jumped out to a 14-9 lead after the first quarter behind freshman Teraven Rhodes, who finished with 21 points.
In the second quarter, Javier Neal guided a Whitehouse comeback. Neal scored 13 points in the frame, including a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score at 33 at halftime.
Neal finished with 21 points and four assists.
With the score tied at 35 in the third quarter, Hudson got a putback by Jacob Huffstetler, a layup from Rhodes and a putback by Kade Johnson to take a 41-35 lead. Whitehouse responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead. Neal had 6 of the points for the Wildcats in the run.
Down 44-42, the Hornets got a 3-pointer from X’ayvion Shankle, an old-fashioned 3-point play from Jaconb Pierce and a putback by Rhodes to end the third quarter with a 50-44 lead.
Whitehouse opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run to gain a 56-50 advantage. Hudson cut the score to 62-58 with a 3-pointer by Johnson, and Pierce hit a runner to make it 62-60 with 2:12 left. After the teams traded buckets, Huffstetler blocked Whitehouse’s Zach Parker, and Pierce drew a foul to earn a trip to the free throw line with a chance to tie with 1:11 left. Both free throws were no good, and Whitehouse scored 6 points in the final 41 seconds and held Hudson scoreless the rest of the way.
Pierce scored 15 points off the bench for Hudson (13-13).
McKade Marquis had 10 points and five assists for Whitehouse (14-7). Mahomes grabbed 11 rebounds. Parker, Colby Duhon and Kaleb Ford-Dement had 6 points apiece, and Kyevon Rider and Jake Clemons added 2 points each.
Johnson had 9 points for the Hornets. Shankle had 7 points and five assists. Caden McLelland, Huffstetler, Blaise Cathcart, Gunner Childs and Chase Merrell all added 2 points.
Hudson will host Shepherd on Friday in the District 21-4A opener. Whitehouse will host Ennis to begin District 17-5A on Friday.
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