Early in the fourth period, Tyler Lee sophomore Jamal Jones brought the house down with a rim-rocking dunk that forced both sides of fans to stand and applaud.
That tied the game at 37-37.
With 1:30 remaining, Whitehouse senior Javier Neal took advantage of a bad pass to drive in for a more traditional layup. It was one of numerous drives and layups Neal had in a 52-44 win Tuesday at Varsity Gym.
Neal finished with 19 points and seven rebounds with teammate Jackson Mahomes delivering with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Jones led the Red Raiders (6-8) with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Whitehouse (6-3) outscored Robert E. Lee 15-7 following Jones’ dunk.
“We’re a young team going against a veteran team,” Lee coach Alan Simmons said of the fourth quarter. “They’ve been those situations before and they executed down the stretch, and we didn’t at times.
“I thought we did a lot of good things, but in the end we didn’t make the plays at the end to win.”
The Wildcats enjoyed a huge advantage from the charity stripe, with Whitehouse converting 19 of 32 free throws compared to 8 of 12 for Lee.
The Red Raiders (6-8) led for most of the first half and held a 22-20 lead at halftime as both teams struggled offensively. Lee shot 8 of 23 and Whitehouse was 6 of 27.
Neal and Mahomes led the turnaround for the Wildcats in the second half, combining for 24 of their final 31 points.
A three-pointer from Devin Johnson put the Red Raiders in front 25-20 early in the third quarter.
Mahomes then began to assert himself in the paint, helping Whitehouse use a 7-0 run to push out to tie the game, 29-29.
A steal and layup by Neal made it 33-29 with 2:37 remaining in the third period.
Whitehouse kept that four-point advantage entering the fourth.
Lee struck first with a basket by Jones followed by the fast-break dunk.
That tied the game at 37-37. Lee was in the bonus, though, and Whitehouse took advantage, converting 9 of 15 free throws.
Lee cut its deficit to three points twice, on a three-pointer from Jones and later on two free throws from Jones, but Whitehouse did not allow the home side to draw any closer.
“We could’ve done a better job on the boards,” Simmons said. “We gave up some second-chance points to them and those are things we need to go back to work on and get better at. We are going to learn from it and take that with us into our next game.”
The Red Raiders are back home Monday against North Forney. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Varsity Gym.
Whitehouse 52, Tyler Lee 44
Whitehouse 8 12 17 15 - 52
Tyler Lee 11 11 11 11 - 44
WHITEHOUSE-Jake Clemons, 0; Javier Neal, 17; Kendahl Fry, 1; Jackson Mahomes, 14; Kolby Jimmerson, 8; Brandon Bullard, 0; Peyton Kennedy, 9; McKade Marquis, 3. FG: 19-46. FT: 19-32.
TYLER LEE-Devin Johnson, 8; Bryce Campbell, 6; Landry Simmons, 4; Kameron Ross, 2; Connor Carlyle, 0; Jamal Jones, 11; Miles Minnick, 6; Xavier Hunter, 2; Matt Wade, 3; Vince Wallace, 2. FG: 16-42. FT: 8-12.
THREE POINT GOALS-WH: Marquis. LEE: Johnson (2), Simmons, Jones.
RECORDS-Whitehouse 6-3; Tyler Lee 6-8
NEXT UP-Whitehouse vs. Fort Worth YLMA, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Burkburnett Tournament; North Forney at Lee, 7:30 p.m. Monday.