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SOC fends off late surge by McKinney, 80-75
South Oak Cliff built an 18-point lead late in the second quarter, but it needed key free throws and some defensive stops to hold off McKinney, 80-75, in a Class 4A second-round playoff game Saturday at American Airlines Center.
McKinney rallied within two points in the closing minutes but couldn’t catch up.
“We knew they would make a run, but we didn’t want to help them so much,” SOC coach James Mays II said. “We wanted to keep it up-tempo. They’re a good up-tempo team, but it’s what we can do.”
SOC (28-7), ranked fifth in the state in 4A, will play Lincoln in a Region II quarterfinal Tuesday.
SOC got balanced scoring, as senior guard Dennis Jones had 20 points, junior Bryan Umoru had 17 and senior Christopher Hyder scored 14.
Junior guard Jonathan Shannon scored 30 points for McKinney (20-12). Senior guard AJ Moutry added 14 points, and 6-8 Raynell Denny had 10 points and seven blocked shots.
McKinney trailed, 74-72, with just more than a minute left when SOC’s Jamaal Robateau came up with a key block of a short shot under the basket.
Free throws from Robateau, Hyder and Jones during the last minute helped SOC regain a five-point lead, while McKinney lost one possession on a stolen pass and another after losing control of a rebound that went out of bounds.