Coming off a tournament win in Hillsboro last week, the Holcomb Longhorns wanted to continue their hot play.
They traveled to Southwestern Heights, their seventh straight road game, and the result was the same, a 66-32 win over the Mustangs.
It was Holcomb's 16th win in 17 games against Heights, with its only loss occurring in 2010.
Holcomb started hot, taking a 21-6 lead after the first quarter on nine-of-17 shooting, with Kobe Dickson scoring six of his eight points in the period on offensive putbacks.
Heights started the second quarter with four 3-point plays to close the gap to 27-18, but the ‘Horns responded with a 9-2 run to close out the half, leading 38-20.
By halftime, Holcomb was 17 of 34 from the floor, while the Mustangs were just 8 of 23.
A 12-7 third period (Parker Jantz hit a buzzer three) gave the ‘Horns a 50-27 lead.
Holcomb got the 30-point running clock at the 3:30 mark in the final period, when Dickson put back Carter Blackburn’s miss for a 59-29 lead, and the Longhorns closed out the game with a 7-0 run for the win.
Dickson led the ‘Horns with 21 points, including a 3-pointer on his final shot. He also had 15 rebounds.
Trey Gilbert finished with 18 points, all from inside the line.
Holcomb shot 30 of 56 from the floor (five of 16 behind the arc), but only one of seven from the free-throw line.
They also out-rebounded Heights 41-14, including 15-1 on the offensive end.
Coach Chad Novack was happy with the win, and the way his team competed following the win at the tough Hillsboro tournament last week.
“I thought we played pretty well for the most part,” he said. “Our first quarter was really good. We came out with a lot of energy, we passed the ball extremely well, rebounded the ball on the offensive side, and we held them to six points.”
Second period, not as good, he noted, when the Mustangs went on their short run.
“Same thing that’s happened at times this year, when we relaxed a little bit and had some unforced turnovers,” Novack said. “We didn’t play bad, but overall, our kids played extremely well and extremely hard.”
This was a good game to play following the mid-season tournament, he said.
“We’ve talked about how this could be a trap game,” he said. “And these guys didn’t let that happen tonight.”
Shooting just five of 16 from outside was disappointing, Novack noted, but his team found other means of scoring.
“When you’re not shooting the ball well, you have to make an extra pass to get a better shot, number one,” he said. “And number two, rebound. Our kids did.”
Heights (5-6), which entered the game averaging 63 points a game, highlighted Holcomb’s defensive effort, which limited the Mustangs to just 13 of 38 from the floor and 1 of 4 from the free throw line.
Leading scorer Raul Alvarado, averaging 17 points a game, had just six on a pair of three-pointers.
Efren Mercado had nine points to pace the Mustangs.
Holcomb (12-1) will host Hugoton Tuesday and travel to Ulysses Friday to continue conference play.