SULPHUR—Houston Haines hit two free throws with 5.48 seconds remaining.
Kingston had no choice but to foul the Sulphur junior, who rebounded Stoney Lowe’s missed free throw.
Haines walked from the opposite block with one thing on his mind: playoffs.
Braezen Flood’s play, some of which transcends the box score, helped Sulphur withstand Jacob Farrell’s foul trouble in Sulphur’s 55-51 win Tuesday.
“I just wanted to concentrate and make sure we could seal this victory so we can go into the playoffs with our confidence high,” Haines said.
Sulphur coach Chase Todd congratulated Haines, saying his
practice paid off.
In part by hitting 7 of 10 free throws — all of which occurred in the second half, and 4 of 6 in the fourth quarter — Haines scored a game-high 15 points.
Flood also scored all nine of his points in the second half — and eight in the final period, when both teams scored 19 points.
Farrell committed his fourth foul at the 4:20 mark of the third quarter with Sulphur leading 33-29. Flood entered the game.
“We just talked about Breazen being physical and playing really hard,” Todd said. “He played for nine straight minutes. He just did a really good job. I felt like he played tough.”
After he committed a turnover, Flood wasted no time. He poked the ball loose from behind as Jacob Germany dribbled toward Kingston’s basket.
He dove on the floor, attempting to regain possession — and drew a foul on Germany, his fourth.
After a Kingston made 3-pointer, Flood drew a two-shot foul, hitting both. He then sat with 2:56 to play, his free throws pushing Sulphur’s lead to 46-39.
Flood re-entered at the 2:09 mark. He drew Kingston center Jacob Germany’s fifth foul at the 1:57.
The Redskins’ 6-foot-10 sophomore fouled out with nine points.
Meanwhile, Flood missed both free throws.
Forty seconds later, he drew another foul. This time, he made both pushing the Bulldogs’ lead back to six, 49-43.
He completed a three-point play with 50.41 seconds that pushed Sulphur’s lead to 52-46. He jumped twice in a celebratory manner on the left arc.
Trey Keatts hit a 3-pointer at the 1:10 mark, cutting the Class 3A No. 10 Redskins’ deficit in half.
Matthew O’Steen hit the Redskins’ other fourth-quarter 3-pointer, this one with 40 seconds to play. The shot cut Kingston’s deficit to 52-51.
Flood traveled with 29.89 seconds remaining.
Kingston had a chance to score the go-ahead bucket: Brister inbounded the ball to R.J. Weeks with 23.93 seconds. Weeks crossed the halfcourt stripe and passed the ball back to Brister, who attacked from the right wing against Sulphur’s 2-3 zone.
Farrell, who stood waiting, went straight up; Brister’s shot missed the rim. Farrell collected the board, passed to Haines, who then got the ball to Jared Williams. Weeks fouled him.
Williams hit the second free throw after Kingston coach Taylor Wiebener called a timeout.
With 7.38 seconds remaining, a Sulphur player fouled Lowe, who missed the first free throw. Sulphur took a full timeout.
Lowe missed the second, Haines grabbed the rebound.
He didn’t miss.
“Kingston’s a really good team,” Todd said. Its 11-game winning streak ended. “I’m just proud of (my) guys because we’re playing our best basketball right now.”


Box score

Kingston 11 9 12 19 — 51
Sulphur 8 13 16 19 — 55

Sulphur: Houston Haines 15, Dawson Muck 10, Jacob Farrell 9, Breazen Flood 9, John Jacobs 5, Jakub Sharp 3, Jared Williams 3, Cole Johnson 1.
Kingston: Ryan Capps 11, R.J. Weeks 10, Jacob Germany 9, Jacob Whipkey 8, Trey Keatts 6, Tanner Blanchard 5, Conner Brister 2.