Written by Matt Wixon
DISD boys tournament: South Grand Prairie advances (day 1)
When South Grand Prairie's offense wasn't clicking and its shots weren't falling, it could still rely on its defense Monday night. The result was a typical one for SGP, with some ragged moments, flashes of potential and, most important, a victory.
Senior point guard Trey Norris scored 17 points and junior center Chris Washburn dominated inside as South Grand Prairie pulled away for a 65-49 victory over Carter in a second-round game of the DISD Coca-Cola Boys Basketball Tournament at Ellis Davis Field House.
"I wasn't proud of the way we played on offense," SGP coach Brandon Bennett said, "but we got a lot of points off turnovers in the second half."
South Grand Prairie (14-3), No. 15 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' 5A state rankings, will take on No. 2 DeSoto at noon today in the quarterfinals. DeSoto rolled over Phoenix Thunderbird, 58-38, in the first round and Conrad, 50-31, in the second.
SGP edged Lancaster, 61-58, in the first round and led Carter (8-9) by three at halftime. But SGP scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take control
Washburn, a Duncanville transfer, dominated the boards and scored 15 points. Phillip Miller led Carter with 22.
Stars collide: Lincoln's two stars - Oklahoma State signee LeBryan Nash and West Virginia signee Keaton Miles - were double trouble for Seagoville and its star, Arkansas signee Devonta Abron, in the first round. Lincoln won, 74-56, as Nash scored 33 points and Miles added 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Abron had 34 points in the loss. Lincoln, No. 2 in the 4A state rankings, advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Red Oak.
Madison's comebacks: Madison rallied to beat Skyline in the first round, then trailed A. Maceo Smith by 12 in the fourth quarter in the second. Madison rallied again, scoring the final five points to win, 88-85. Montrael Scott had 25 points for Madison and Anthony Hollins scored 10 of his 18 in the fourth quarter. Maceo's Kevin White made seven 3-pointers.
Briefly: Jordan Williams scored 22 points and David Tucker made six 3-pointers as Kimball wiped out Wylie, 86-59. ... South Oak Cliff had 12 players score - none in double figures - in a 68-50 victory over Fort Worth All Saints. All Saints 6-6 senior Jordan Tolbert, a Texas Tech signee, had 34 points, 30 rebounds and 13 blocks in his two games. ... W.T. White beat Hillcrest, 45-44, in a rare game that included a scoreless overtime. White won in double overtime with the help of Jaylon Pullen, who led his team with 15 points.
Special contributors Anthony Green and Chris Martinez contributed to this report