Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Kimball boys use third-quarter surge to push past Manor in Regional semi, 85-76
GARLAND — Kimball has a way of playing without fear and with a sense that somehow, in the end, everything will work out. This has been the case the last two seasons and was on display again in Friday night’s 85-76 victory against Manor in the Regional semifinal.
It didn’t look so good early for the Knights. They trailed by as many as nine in the second quarter. They looked a step behind the running game of Manor. Of course, this was all according to plan.
Coach Royce “Snoop” Johnson and his assistant had watched the tape. Manor played about seven or eight guys consistently. To wear them down, while keeping his own team fresh, Johnson went with a 10-man rotation in the first half. It would play out perfectly.
“If you’re a coach watching us,” Johnson said, “in the third quarter we’ve been scary all year.”
Kimball outscored Manor 27-12 in the third. Shannon Lilly had 10 of his 21 points. Though Manor pulled within three in the fourth, David Tucker closed out the game by making six of six free throws.
“It was their game, their style of play,” Johnson said. “We were just hoping they got fatigued.”