La Marque, Texas–No matter how much Fort Bend Travis star Anthony Odunsi tried, Julien Lewis refused to let the home standing Cougars give up their lead.
After having led by as many as 21 points in the first half, La Marque suddenly found themselves in a dogfight with the Travis Tigers. Despite Odunsi scoring 20 of his team high 33 points in the second half, Lewis had an answer, as the star shooting guard scored 20 of his game high 41 in the second half of La Marque’s 91-81 victory over Travis Tuesday night at La Marque.
It improves La Marque’s record to 4-0, which includes victories over some of 5A’s best programs such as Fort Bend ISD schools Bush and Elkins, both of which were projected to be top 25 UIL Class 5A teams coming into the season.
“Every team we play comes out and plays hard, it doesn’t matter if they’re bad or good,” said Lewis, who also had 6 rebounds and 4 steals. “Today we wanted to show who we are and who the best team around here was.”
And show it they did, as the Cougars used a 13-2 second quarter run to turn an 8 point lead to a 41-22 lead, prompting Travis head coach Craig Brownson to use a timeout at the 4:48 mark of the second quarter. La Marque scored one more basket after the timeout to take their largest lead of the game but the Tigers started chipping away at the Cougar lead, using an 8-1 run at the end of the half to pull within 50-38 at halftime.
“La Marque’s a great team,” Brownson said. “I’m not proud that we gave them a 20 point lead in the first half and we did fight but we have to get better.”
The Tigers would have been out of the game if not for Odunsi, who found his stroke in the third quarter, hitting contested shots and driving the lane to help Travis cut the lead to 69-63 late in the third period.
“I was just trying to help my team team the best way I can.” Odunsi said.
Despite his help, La Marque refused to let the Tigers get any closer, scoring the final four points of the third and never letting Travis get any closer than 7 the rest of the way. Lewis scored the basket that would prove to be all the Cougars needed when he made a leaning shot in the middle of the lane that just sneaked over the rim to give the Cougars an 82-72 lead with 2:21 left, effectively icing the game.
La Marque head coach Cederic Mason was proud of the way the team responded in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t need a lot of three’s, we just needed to attack the rim because we wanted to get fouls and head the free throw line since we were in the double bonus,” he said. “I thought we did a good job of stepping up and knocking [our free throws] down.”
To go along with Lewis’ 41 point, 6 rebound explosion, forward DeQuentin Greer supplied 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. In addition, forward Quevin Cams nearly finished the night with a double-double, coming up just shy with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
For Travis, Aaron Harrison had 13 points, Reggie Davis had 11 points, while Andrew Harrison finished the night with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
The Tigers will next play just outside of Austin in Bastrop at the Jack Frost Invitational Tournament on Friday while La Marque will not play until Tuesday, November 30 at Angelton.