Houston had four possessions in a row and went on an 8-0 run.
Weatherford head coach Brian Miller called three time outs during the span, trying to compose the Roos.
“It’s been a while since we have been in a game we were in a position to win,” Miller said. “And I really think the boys were just hoping the clock would run out over those last two minutes, when we were up by 10, instead of finishing it out like we had played through most of the game.”
Weatherford found a temporary respite when Ryan Merrill was free under the basket, increasing the Roo lead back to four with less than thirty seconds to go.
But the Arlington team answered right back with a 3-pointer, and with 10 seconds and change left on the game clock, the Roos needed to play keep-away a bit longer.
The “fouls to give” before getting into the bonus worked against the visiting Texans, as three intentional infractions merely took time off the clock instead of getting Weatherford to the free throw line, and a chance for another Sam Houston possession.
By the time Houston finally sent Banks to the free stripe to shoot a one-and-one, there were less than four seconds left. Banks calmly hit both opportunities and the Texans last desperation was for nought.
“I think the good thing that came from tonight was that, even though we let them back into the game, we did hold on for the win,” Miller said. “We did what we had to do in those last seconds and hit the free throws when we needed to.
“ We haven’t played very well in district, so this is a good thing to build on.”
Collin Boswell led the Roos with 11 points, while Banks and Merrill added eight apiece.