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Richland ousted in Whataburger tourney despite big early win
After knocking off Flower Mound Marcus, team falls to school from Milwaukee
HALTOM CITY — The Richland boys held on to defeat two-time defending Whataburger Orange Division champion Flower Mound Marcus, 58-55, in a second-round upset Thursday morning at Birdville’s Thomas Coliseum.
But a few hours later Richland’s run to the tournament championship ended with a loss to Milwaukee (Wisc.) King, 77-67, in the semifinals.
Like Richland, Plano West (14-5) scored an upset to begin the day then faltered in its semifinal against an out-of-state opponent.
Plano West, ranked No. 13 in the state, secured a 63-46 win against the state’s second-ranked team, DeSoto (15-3), then lost to Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview, 59-58. Plano West had a 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer in its loss.
Parkview plays King in the Orange Division championship at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Plano West meets Richland at 6:30 p.m. Friday for third place.
Against Marcus, Richland (14-1) got its first six points in the fourth quarter from senior guard Ricky Roberts, who played on Marcus’ junior varsity team last season. Roberts had a game-high 27 points.
After Roberts broke a 38-38 tie to start the fourth quarter, Marcus got called for an unusual technical foul when Marcus senior Nick Banyard dunked to pull the Marauders within 46-43 with 5:06 left. It also sent Banyard, a New Mexico signee, out with his fifth foul. Richland’s Tony Mayfield Jr. hit the bonus free throws to give his team a 48-43 edge.
Marcus, the defending Class 5A state champion and No.1-ranked team in the state, took a 49-48 lead with 2:48 to play when guard Marcus Smart hit two free throws. But Mayfield Jr. answered with a long-range 3-pointer for a 51-49 lead Richland, the state’s No. 9-ranked team, never relinquished.
Marcus made it 54-53 on a basket by senior guard Phillip Forte III, but Roberts and forward Leyton Hammonds went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 36 seconds to seal the win.
An Oklahoma State signee, Smart ended with 19 points, and Forte had 12.
"Richland is a better team than we are and better coached," Marcus coach Danny Henderson said. "That's it."
Besides beating top-ranked Marcus, Richland also has an early season victory over No. 2-ranked DeSoto. Richland has been steadily improving with another transfer, junior Tony Mayfield Jr. who moved with his brother Malik from Wisconsin.
Against DeSoto, Plano West used its height to thwart the high-pressure defense of DeSoto.
West’s 6-8 senior duo of Holt Harmon and T.J. Cline were able to pass over the DeSoto press, which had wreaked havoc in a 77-39 victory over Coppell in the first round.
The Cornell-bound Harmon and Cline also combined for 30 points as Plano West, took a 33-26 halftime lead and steadily increased throughout the second half without allowing DeSoto to score in transitional flurries off turnovers.
DeSoto (15-3) struggled shooting from the field. Terry Mason scored 16 points, and Matt Jones, a Class of 2013 commitment to Duke, scored four points.
"We've been a program that's been wanting to get a win over a quality program like DeSoto," Plano West coach Anthony Morgan said. "They probably are the top team in Region II of the state playoffs but we finally played for four quarters like we have been wanting to play. This is a win that could turn the page for us."
In the boys Blue Division, Lovejoy punched its ticket to the tournament championship (Friday at 7 p.m. at Haltom) with an 55-41 win over Argyle, the defending tournament champion in its division. Lovejoy’s Joseph Gonzalez finished with a game-high 15 points.
Meanwhile, Kennedale’s Alex Robinson scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half as Kennedale outlasted Brock, 71-63, in the boys Blue Division. Kennedale then fell to Burkburnett, 81-74, in the semifinals.
In the girls Blue Division, Argyle Liberty Christian needed triple overtime to fend off Tuscola Jim Ned, 69-63, at Saginaw. Oklahoma commit Nicole Kornet scored 36 points and teammate Nia Jackson, who’s committed to SMU, added 27 points for Liberty.