An 11-2 run to open the second half propelled the Houston JV Tigers to a 31-21 season-opening victory Tuesday night against Cuba inside Hiett Gymnasium.
Sophomore Caleb Adkison paced Houston with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Both were team highs. Nathan Poynter added seven points and six rebounds.
Houston (1-0) had an 8-6 halftime lead following a sluggish first two quarters of the season. Things quickly picked up in the third quarter.
Energized by sophomores Kobe Sutton and Keegan Spurlin, who both did not play in the first half, the Tigers scored 11 of the first 13 points of the third quarter to take a double-digit advantage.
Sutton started the spurt with a jumper and Spurlin scored on the block. Following a Cuba free throw, Adkison scored while being fouled. He converted the free throw to make it 15-8. Adkison added a jumper and layup on the next two possessions as the Tigers went ahead 19-8.
Houston, which led 27-18 entering the fourth following Dylan Coulter’s jumper, held onto its advantage despite not scoring until Poynter’s three-point play with 34 seconds remaining.
The Tigers scored 19 of their 31 points in the third quarter. They were held to three, five and four points in the other three quarters and won despite missing 11 of their 15 free throws.
HOUSTON (31) – Lucas Kelley 3. Nathan Poynter 7. Dylan Coulter 2. Skylur Malam 3. Caleb Adkison 10. Kobe Sutton 2. Keegan Spurlin 4. FG 12. FT 4-15. F 14. (3-pointers: Kelley, Poynter, Malam. Fouled out: Coulter).