Written by Corbett Smith
After quiet second half, Kimball's Keith Frazier comes through in clutch against South Oak Cliff
After a stellar first half against South Oak Cliff, Kimball guard Keith Frazier had been little more than a spectator after halftime, saddled with foul trouble.
But when Kimball needed him, Frazier came up big.
The senior, a ruthless shooter and one of the top unsigned players in the nation, found junior D’Angelo Allen for a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining, ending a late South Oak Cliff run and sealing a 57-52 win at Ellis Davis Field House.
“I had faith in my teammate that he was going to knock it down,” Frazier said.
The two-time defending Class 4A champs, Kimball (10-7, 5-0 in District 11-4A) looked dominant with Frazier rolling in the first half — scoring 15 of his 20 points, but also adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
But South Oak Cliff (12-5, 3-2) began closing a double-digit deficit when Frazier started to go quiet in the third quarter.
Kenneth Arthur scored eight of his 12 points in the third quarter for South Oak Cliff, cutting the lead to five going into the fourth quarter. SOC cut it even closer in a tight fourth quarter, with a put-back from McKendric McKenzie with 2:33 remaining in the game shaving Kimball’s lead to 54-52.
With a crucial district game against Carter (17-3, 5-0) on Saturday, Kimball coach Snoop Johnson said he told his team earlier in the week that they needed to get in “playoff mode” right now.
“It’s not about building depth, or building chemistry anymore,” Johnson said. “It’s about us winning games.”
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