Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Arlington Grace Prep steals show in 65-55 win over Kimball
With multiple dunks and a ton of talent, Grace Prep never faced a serious threat
The first dunk was Jelon Hornbeak’s; the next belonged to Jordan Mickey and could have appeared on a poster. And Arlington Grace Prep was just warming up in its 65-55 victory against Kimball at Sprague Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
Isaiah Austin added a couple more, and Emmanuel Mudiay jammed in transition. Four players had dunks in the first quarter, a fitting display of Grace Prep’s abundant athleticism and talent.
“We were rolling,” coach Ray Forsett said.
Arlington Grace Prep has a roster that, on paper, is incomparable to any other team in the area. It has three players who are considered top-10 recruits in their respective classes in Austin, Micah Seaborn and Mudiay. It has Hornbeak, an Oklahoma signee, and Mickey and Karviar Shepherd, both top-100 recruits in the class of 2013. Now all it has to do is get the pieces to fit.
For one night, they did, although with a few minor complications. Turnovers and trouble in the half-court offense derailed several possessions after that first quarter.
“It’s the first game,” Forsett said. “We have to get better defending, boxing out and rebounding and playing smarter on offense.”
But the 10-point lead Grace Prep built after the opening quarter never faced a serious threat. Austin led the team with 18 points.
Kimball, defending 4A state champions, played without top player Keith Frazier, an absence that allowed Grace Prep and its depth of stars to steal the show.