Weston Walker lays in the final two points of Houston’s 19-point win against Seymour.

Aaron Cantrell’s dunk sent the Houston crowd into a frenzy. It also excited his teammates. Maybe too much.

A couple sloppy possessions after Cantrell’s highlight-reel play, HHS coach Richard Rose called a timeout to calm down his players.

“We didn’t know what to do at that point,” Rose said of Cantrell’s slam. “We all started looking around like, ‘Is the game over now?’ We had to settle down and regain our composure.”

Cantrell’s two-handed dunk early in the fourth quarter highlighted the Tigers’ convincing win against Seymour. HHS used a 14-4 edge in the third quarter to begin pulling away en route to a 54-35 victory last Thursday inside Hiett Gymnasium.

“That third quarter was the defining moment for us in terms of continuing to do what we were doing and having a killer instinct,” Rose said. “That gives me more confidence heading into the last part of the year.”

The win –– the fifth of the season –– surpassed the team’s total of four from the previous year. Houston made it six victories Tuesday night with a wire-to-wire 49-38 win at Willow Springs.

Houston, which improved to 1-1 in South Central Association play, snapped a five-game conference losing skid.

“You can see our confidence building and our commitment to what we’re doing building,” Rose said.

A strong performance against Seymour suddenly included a memorable moment with 6 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the game.

With HHS (6-12) ahead 40-25, Cantrell stepped in front of a pass near the top of the key. He dribbled the length of the court, rose toward the rim and hammered home a two-handed slam.

“He got the perfect opportunity,” Rose said, “and just like in practice, he got it down.”

Rose said he didn’t fault Cantrell or his teammates for their excitement. After Seymour scored six of the next seven points, Rose called a timeout to settle down his team.

“I remember in high school when I got that first one and how jittery I was for the next few minutes after that,” Rose said.

Devin Coulter hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points. Weston Walker added 11 and Cantrell had nine.

Prior to the game, Seymour coach Joe Easter was recognized for earning his 400th career victory earlier this season. Easter briefly coached at Houston before a long tenure at Cabool.

“It’s good to get that validation of winning against a well-coached team and a team with a better record than us,” Rose said.

On Monday, Coulter had five triples and 28 points to lead the Tigers past Willow Springs on the road.

Cantrell scored nine points, and Weston and Kolby Walker had six points apiece.

On Friday, Weston Walker led HHS with 22 points in a 62-50 loss at Hartville. Coulter scored 18.

Box scores

Tuesday’s game

Houston        14    13    7    15    –    49 
Willow Springs     11   6   10    11   –   38

HOUSTON (49) –– Devin Coulter 28. Aaron Cantrell 9. Weston Walker 6. Kolby Walker 6. (3-pointers: Coulter 5, Cantrell, WWalker).

Friday’s game

Houston        8    10    15    17    –    50 
Hartville   13    14    24   11   –   62

HOUSTON (50) –– Devin Coulter 18. Aaron Cantrell 5. Tanner Smith 4. Weston Walker 22. Kolby Walker 1. FG 18. FT 8-12. F 16. (3-pointers: WWalker 4. Coulter 2. Fouled out: none). 

Thursday’s game

Seymour     5    11    5    15    –    35 
Houston   10    12   14   18   –   54

HOUSTON (54) –– Devin Coulter 26. Aaron Cantrell 9. Weston Walker 11. Kolby Walker 6. Keegan Spurlin 2. (3-pointers: Coulter 5).

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