The Kingston boys basketball team scored its second-most points in a game this season as it defeated North Mason 68-61 Jan. 12.
Their highest-scoring performance was 83 against the Bulldogs earlier this year.
North Mason’s Andrew Littrean scored the Bulldogs first three points before slowing down until the second quarter. The two teams were locked at 10-10 when Buc Noah Walter made a layup to end the quarter.
Kingston went on an 8-0 run within the first two minutes of the second period. Kah-Ty Natrall started the run with a reverse layup and a free throw. Littrean ended North Mason’s drought with a pair of free throws to make it 18-12.
North Mason crept back into the game as Littrean continued to dominate in the paint. However, Kingston responded after a timeout and finished the second quarter on a run. Kingston’s Cash Hubbard gave the Buccaneers extra momentum into halftime after hitting a buzzer-beating bank shot from half-court to make the score 32-20.
Five Buccaneers scored in the third quarter as they boosted the lead to 53-41. North Mason continued to fight back as Littrean took matters into his own hands. He was responsible for nine of the first 11 North Mason points in the fourth period.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to five with four minutes remaining. However, Hubbard, Walter, Rhys Hernandez and Dakota Standley each made free throws in the final minutes as Kingston won its second-consecutive game.
Hernandez ended with 15 points while Littrean led North Mason with 23. Kingston will look for its third straight victory at Olympic on Jan. 17.