MONTGOMERY — The emotion was there for Montgomery on a senior night loaded with playoff implications.

Their energy missed the action.

An equally desperate Kingwood Park team went to Montgomery and held the Bears to only eight points in the first half Friday night, then cruised to a 44-28 win it had to have to stay in the playoff hunt.

“We didn’t have the energy,” Montgomery coach Don Johnson said. “We weren’t near as intense as we were Tuesday night (in a 48-38 win over Montgomery Lake Creek), and it looked like we lacked focus.

“You could see that by the way we shot free throws.”

The Bears went just 3-of-14 at the free-throw line as they fell to 16-17, 9-8 in District 20-5A.

Kingwood Park improved to 19-10, 9-8, and can wrap a winning district record with a win over Caney Creek in next week’s regular-season finale.

Neither team, however, will be going to the playoffs.

Soon after K-Park’s win over Montgomery, Willis finished off New Caney 55-52 to clinch the fourth and final berth.

“We knew coming in we had to win our last two and Willis had to lose their last two,” K-Park coach Jeffrey Hamilton said. “That’s the position we put ourselves in. We lost some games we feel like we shouldn’t have. But our kids still went in feeling like they were playing for a lot, and they showed it for four quarters.”

K-Park held Montgomery to four points in the first quarter and four in the second.

Meanwhile, it strung together a 10-0 run for a 10-2 lead in the first, and a 7-0 spurt in the second that netted a 17-8 halftime lead. The Bears never got closer than five, 19-14, in the third, and then the Mustangs pulled away at the free-throw line, going 11-of-15 in the fourth to finish 15-of-21.

Montgomery shot 11-of-37 from the field and hit only one 3-pointer.

“That’s been our foundation the entire year — the defensive side of the basketball,” Hamilton said. “We’ve been a really solid defensive team the entire season. We knew coming here it was going to be a physical matchup … and we matched their intensity physicality-wise, so I’m so proud of our effort.”

Brendan Tynan and Yacouba Amadus led K-Park, which shot 13-of-29 from the floor, with seven points apiece. Swae Young added six points and 12 rebounds, helping the Mustangs outrebound Montgomery 36-17.

“We gang-rebounded,” Hamilton said.

“That was one of our big keys (Friday). We had to limit them to one shot, and from the start that’s exactly what we did.”

Tyler Elliott led Montgomery with a game-high 15 points.

He scored all of Montgomery points in the first half, and seven of the team’s 11 in the fourth quarter.

Only two other players scored — Mateo Moreno (seven) and Isaac Lawson (six).

“The seniors, they’ve led us all year long, but we talked about having a hangover from Tuesday night, because we got a big win, and (Friday) it looked like we had a hangover,” Johnson said.

Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.

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