By Mark W. Miller
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS If not for Pflugerville, the Harker Heights boys basketball team might still be ranked among the top 20.
Three of their five losses have come at the hands of the 13th-ranked Panthers, the latest Thursday in the semifinals of the Capital City Showdown.
Heights, though, appears to be getting better at closing out winnable games. Earlier in the tourney, the Knights handed eighth-ranked Austin Bowie, then 16-0, its first loss, edging the Bulldogs 59-58 on their own floor and overcoming some adversity in the process.
Leading by one, the Knights missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30 seconds remaining. Bowie then scored at the other end to take the lead.
Walter Harris answered with a driving bucket that appeared to give Heights the lead, but another player had called a timeout, wiping out the bucket.
Undaunted, the Knights returned to the floor and Matt Addison scored at the buzzer to give Heights the win.
The Knights defeated Westwood on Friday to take third place in the 32-team tourney.
"We won four out of five games," coach Celneque Bobbitt said. "That probably was the toughest tournament around here over Christmas break."
Addison and Dustan Allen were named to the all-tournament team.
Lady Knights back on winning track
Heights' girls basketball team rebounded from a heartbreaking district loss to Cove by reaching the finals of the Gatesville Holiday Classic last week.
"You know, we have such a young team that the winning part, understanding the game, is something that we need to do. We're just young kids and they play hard and we just need to learn to win, to finish a game."
The Lady Knights lost to Killeen, 54-46, in the championship game.
"In that game, I just felt like we missed some easy baskets when we needed to score."
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LaShelle Reynolds, girls basketball, senior post
Reynolds scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Tuesday in Heights' 67-54 win over A&M Consolidated.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK
3 Number of Heights boys basketball team's five losses that have come at the hands of No. 13 Pflugerville.