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HS boys holiday basketball roundup: Arlington Martin topples No. 3 Rowlett; SOC, SGP to meet in DISD quarterfinals
Three players scored in double figures, led by Kordell Eilts with 15 points, as Arlington Martin upset the state’s third-ranked 5A team, Rowlett, 61-60, in the Whataburger Tournament’s Orange Division opening round at W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on Thursday.
With his team trailing 60-59, Nick Babb hit a game-winning, running layup. Rowlett had a chance to win following two missed Martin free throws, but Jordan Smith rejected Rowlett’s final shot.
Rowlett’s front-court duo of Jeffrey Carroll and Nathan Hawkins combined for 51 points. Carroll, a 6-5 Oklahoma State signee, scored a game-high 29 points, and Hawkins, a 6-5 forward headed to Nebraska, added 22.
Tournament spectators saw another thrilling matchup earlier in the day when Jarvis Pugh scored 11 points to lead Plano East, the state’s 17th-ranked 5A team, past 18th-ranked Richland, 47-45.
Richland’s Hayden Hunter netted 22 points.
Jacob Morales scored four of Plano East’s last five points, including the go-ahead basket with less than a minute remaining. Morales’ midrange jumper gave Plano East a 46-45 lead with 45 seconds remaining, Marcus Mathieu added a free throw following Plano East’s defensive stop, and Richland’s desperation pass was swatted away to end the game.
Morales pushed Plano East ahead 44-43 with a steal and layup, but Hunter’s jumper on the other end gave Richland a 45-44 lead.
Oklahoma State signee Leyton Hammonds scored 10 points for Richland.
The nation’s No. 1-ranked team, Bullitt (Ky.) East, proved too much for Coppell, 67-47. Derek Willis, a 6-9 Bullitt East forward committed to Kentucky, led all players with 19 points. Landon Goesling and Simi Socks led Coppell with 11 points each. Goesling’s 3-pointer early in the third quarter cut Bullitt East’s lead to six, but a Chargers basket and fast-break dunk from Willis pushed the lead back to 10.
In the nightcap Brandon Webb scored 17 points, including seven straight in a decisive run that helped carry the state’s 15th-ranked 5A team, North Crowley, past Fort Worth Trimble Tech, 64-46.
Torrence Neal added 13 points for North Crowley, and teammate Caleb Banks chipped in 12. Chasten King’s 14 points led Trimble Tech.
In the final game of the day Long Beach Polytechnic (Calif.) topped Plano West, 75-35.
DISD Coca-Cola Tournament
Lazae Seaton and Mister Dawson combined for 36 points and led South Oak Cliff to an 86-60 win over Samuell in second-round action at Sprague Field House.
South Oak Cliff will play South Grand Prairie at noon Friday. Earlier Thursday South Oak Cliff, No. 11 in the state 4A rankings, survived Red Oak, 89-88, at Sprague Field House. In its first game of the day South Grand Prairie, the second-ranked team in the state 5A rankings, erased a nine-point first-quarter deficit and defeated Wilmer Hutchins, 66-47. South Grand Prairie’s Trey Hall led all players with 22 points. South Grand Prairie defeated Kimball JV to advance to the third round.
Carter won its way into the quarterfinals at Ellis Davis Field House with back-to-back wins — a 67-58 victory over Lancaster and a 58-50 decision over Pinkston.
Carter (17-3), ranked No. 22 in the Class 4A state rankings, leaned on forward Jeremy Combs to provide most of the scoring punch.
Combs came out strong against Lancaster, pouring in 24 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking three shots. He followed that up with another double-double against Pinkston, coming up with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Kimball’s (6-6) road to the quarterfinals started with a hard-fought 56-53 win over Copperas Cove. Kimball also defeated the South Oak Cliff JV, 66-39.
Ranked seventh in Class 4A, Kimball used punishing play on the boards and reliable offensive play from Keith Frazier, D’Angelo Allen and Trent Brinkley to help power each win.
At Forester, Madison won its games over Skyline and Seagoville by a combined 77 points. Admon Gilder led Madison in scoring in both games and scored a combined 35 points. Thirteen players scored for Madison in its win over Skyline, and 11 players scored in the rout of Seagoville. Madison and Lincoln will face off at noon Friday in the winners’ bracket.
For Lincoln, Erick Neal scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including eight points in the fourth quarter, in a 61-54 win against Episcopal School of Dallas. Derrick Neal hit a running 3-pointer to end the first half, tying the score at 29, and led all scorers with 17. Lincoln got its first win of the day, 42-38, against West Mesquite. Lincoln outscored West Mesquite, 14-7, in the fourth quarter.
Woodrow Wilson and Sachse are 2-0 heading into the third round at Loos Field House.
Sachse averaged 55 points per game as it cruised past Wylie and Conrad.
Woodrow Wilson had a slightly tougher road, facing high-scoring Mesquite Horn in the opener and Hillcrest in the nightcap.
Guard Chance Houston and Thomas Washington combined for 30 points vs. Hillcrest. Each hit double figures in both games.
Mesquite Horn had the top offensive performance, routing W.T. White 77-41 in a second-round losers’ bracket game.
Plano Wildcat Holiday Classic
Day One was full of come-from-behind victories and closely contested games.
The last game of the day was perhaps the most thrilling as Jesuit, the state’s 14th-ranked 5A team, defeated Flower Mound Marcus, 53-51, in double overtime. Bryan Stankey dropped in a layup as time expired. Steven Spieth scored a team-high 12 points to help his team go 2-0 Thursday.
Mesquite overcame a seven-point deficit through three quarters to knock off Frisco Heritage, 64-59. Mesquite’s Alex Cooper and Javante Wilson combined for 42 points.
Prosper climbed back from a 13-point deficit to force overtime vs. Lake Highlands and prevailed in an 84-74 win. Junior Gatlin Parr paced the team with 24 points, including nine in overtime, while Lake Highlands finished with five players scoring 10 or more points.
Richardson hung on for a 71-64 win against Southeast Oklahoma City. Richardson led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter but saw its lead shrink to four points with 24.2 seconds left. Four Richardson players scored in double-digits
Host Plano needed overtime to defeat Carrollton Creekview, 54-49. Jason Bardgett paced Plano with four points in the extra frame. Broderick Perkins led Plano with 14 points, while Creekview’s Ian Spaight led all players with 15 points — all on 3-pointers.
Though many games came down to the wire, Jesuit cruised to a 76-36 win over Wylie East. Jesuit outscored East, 24-2, in the first eight minutes.