Longview faced a 13-point third quarter deficit, but saved its best for last in a 71-65 come-from-behind road district win at Pine Tree’s Pirate Center on Tuesday night.

The Lobos now own a 12-9 season record and improve to 2-2 in District 15-5A play. The Pirates, on the other hand, drop to 11-14 on the season and 0-3 in league competition.

“Hats off to Pine Tree,” said Longview boys basketball head coach Don Newton. “They were ready to go. We were slow out of the gate. Fortunately, we were able to get back going.”

Kendall Mitchell drained a three-pointer at the 6:01 mark of the opening quarter to launch the game’s scoring and give the road Lobos an early 3-0 advantage.

Dealyn Evans answered with some aggressiveness to give Pine Tree an 8-3 lead. He was a fouled on a shot in the paint, but drained both free throw attempts to get the Pirates on the scoreboard. Then, he followed with three successful field goal attempts to give them a five-point lead.

Pine Tree held an 11-6 advantage after Longview’s Jalen Hale drained a three-pointer and the Pirates’ Daryus Gray followed with a downtown make.

But, Longview finished the game’s opening quarter on a 7-2 run to force a 13-13 tie.

Hale finished with a team-best 17 points, Drew Ward earned 16 points and Willie Nelson finished with 13 points.

While the Lobos had a lot of momentum at that moment, Pine Tree surged to a 22-11 second period scoring edge to take a 35-24 halftime lead. Gray scored the final five Pine Tree points of the first quarter and the first eight Pirate points of the second period to make it a 21-15 game.

Gray finished with a game-high 31 points in Pine Tree’s loss, while Evans contributed 12 points. The Pirates also got 10 points from Amare Gary.

Drew Ward’s second basket of the night helped Longview cut its deficit to 26-24 in the second quarter, but Pine Tree ended the first half on a 9-0 run. Gray scored the final five Pirates points of the period to lead the home team charge.

Pine Tree built up a 47-34 lead, but Longview stormed back with a 23-4 run to take a 57-51 lead with 4:26 left in the fourth quarter. The Lobos scored the final six points of the third quarter before rattling off 17 of the first 21 points of the final period.

The home Pirates responded with a pair of Evans free throws and Gary’s three-point attempt to cut their deficit to 57-56 with 3:44 to play.

Jalen Hale then recorded two baskets and a steal within seconds of each other and Ward followed with a three-ball to make it a 64-56 game.

Gray kept it close with his successful downtown attempt, but Willie Nelson made five makes at the charity stripe and Ward added two more to wrap up Longview’s six-point win.

Longview hosts Sulphur Springs and Pine Tree visits Mount Pleasant on Friday.

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