Collinsville 64, Howe 55 (OT)

The Howe Bulldog offense went ice-cold in the four minute overtime period as Collinsville opened the 2016, North Texas Central Texas College Tournament with a 64-55 win on Dec. 28 in Gainesville.

After blanking the Pirates in the second quarter, it was the Howe offense that stalled at the end of the game.

Sophomore Elijah Campbell scored eight points for Howe in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs were matched by Collinsville in a 16-16 game at the end of one.

Campbell had a banked 3-pointer before getting nothing by nylon on a shot from the top of the arc to close out the opening period. He finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs.

It was all Howe in the second as junior Ty Harvey and junior Tyler Hawkins furnished all the points in an 8-0 run by the Bulldogs.

Harvey finished with 19 points in the game and it was his play late in the fourth that knotted the contest at the end of regulation.

Collinsville rebounded from that whitewash in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 21-8, in the third. Senior Seth Seibold had five of those eight Howe points.

Trailing by five heading into the final quarter, Howe caught up on a pair of baskets by Harvey and a Hawkins basket from just inside the paint.

James Cowin sent in a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game, 41-41 early in the fourth.

There were three ties and as many lead changes over the next five minutes.

A 3-pointer by senior Brandon Wall and Hawkins’ put back an offensive rebound to keep it close.

Harvey went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to tie the game twice. The junior post scored on a drive down the lane before getting a block at the Collinsville end to keep the game tied, 52-52 going into the extra frame.

The Bulldog defense could not hold off Collinsville in the overtime period.

Two free throws by Campbell and one by Harvey was the Howe offense in the period.

The Pirates were driving and scoring, either with baskets or foul shots, outscoring Howe, 12-3 over those final four minutes.

Howe will have three more tournament games at the NCTC event, before returning to District 10-3A action on January 3rd.

Texoma Christian School 58, Howe 37.

Junior guard James Cowin scored 13 points and sophomore Elijah Campbell had 10, in the Howe Bulldogs’ 58-37 loss to Texoma Christian School on Dec. 29.

Playing in the second round of the NCTC Tournament, the Bulldogs fell behind early and could not rally against the Eagles.

Junior post Ty Harvey, who had scored 19 points in the tournament opener, was held to just eight against TCS.

Howe 62, Sacred Heart 60 (OT)

The Howe Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point, first half deficit to break into the win column at the NCTC tournament on Dec. 30.

Three-point shots by Cowin and Harvey sparked the early offense for Howe, as it battled evenly through the first quarter with the Tigers.

Two free throws by Cowin made it a 17-16 game at the end of one, with Sacred Heart leading.

The Bulldogs got off to a cold start in the second, two baskets and a couple of free throws by Campbell kept Howe close.

The Tigers dropped in a pair of 3-pointers midway through the quarter to bump their lead to 10.

Senior Brent Masters scored on a baseline drive, then dropped in a short jumper to cut into that lead.

A Brandon Wall bucket cut the Sacred Heart lead to six, 38-32, at the half.

After a basket by Harvey opened the third period scoring, Wall nailed a 3-pointer from the corner, cutting the Tiger lead to two.

The teams traded baskets throughout most of the period, with Howe getting back-to-back finishes by Harvey before Campbell scored on a layup.

Two baskets and a pair of free throws by Harvey ended the period with Howe still trailing, 52-50.

The game was tied four times over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

A baseline drive by Campbell knotted the count at 52-52 and Harvey scored on a short shot to match the Tigers 54 points.

Campbell and senior Seth Seibold scored in the closing minutes of the final frame ,but Sacred Heart was matching the Bulldogs and the game was tied, 58-58 at the end of regulation.

The Tigers took a quick lead, scoring first in the four-minute overtime period.

Harvey answered with a drive to the iron and we were tied again.

Getting a numbers advantage on a fast break, Campbell dropped in a pull-up jumper for Howe’s first lead since an early, 7-6 advantage.

The Bulldogs got possession on a Tiger turnover and went into a little delay action.

Missing on a shot with just seconds left, the Bulldogs re-gained possession as Harvey collected a rebound and Howe held on for the 62-60 win.

Howe 52-Valley View 36

The Howe Bulldogs wrapped up play in the 2016, NCTC tournament with a 52-36 win over Valley View.

In a Dec. 30 game played at Lindsay High School, Harvey scored 30 points in the Bulldog win.

This one was over early with the Bulldogs leading, 26-16 at the half, holding the Eagles to just one field goal in the second quarter.

Senior Brandon Wall, who scored eight points in the game, sent in a pair of 3-pointers in the opening period, but Howe trailed by two in the early play.

Harvey had all of the Bulldogs’ 14 points in the second period and the Howe defense was choking off the Eagles, almost getting the shutout.

The two teams battled evenly throughout the third, Howe taking a 40-29 lead to the final period.

Campbell had six points in the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs pulled away for the 16-point win.

After a away game in Whitewright on Jan. 3, Howe will continue District 10-3A play, hosting Farmersville on Jan. 6.