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Boys basketball bi-district playoff roundup: Hillcrest shocks No. 2 Carter; Richardson has just enough to edge Plano West
PLANO — In Tuesday’s bi-district playoff game between Richardson and Plano West, the teams’ scores appeared to be connected by one giant rubber band.
As soon as a lead stretched too far, the teams snapped back together again.
Richardson gave up two-double-digit leads in the second half, including a 16-point cushion with five minutes left. Four clutch free throws in the final 32 seconds from senior Brandon Scott allowed Richardson to survive, 79-77, after Plano West cut the lead to one point.
Richardson, making its first playoff appearance since 1999, will play Mesquite in the second round.
In the third quarter, an 11-point Richardson lead dwindled to three after Plano West’s D.J. Hogg scored eight straight points. In the fourth quarter, an 11-0 run in 1½ minutes gave Richardson its 16-point lead.
Plano West chipped away at the lead throughout the rest of the fourth. Soso Jamabo drove for a basket and a foul with 42 seconds remaining. He hit the free throw to make it 75-74.
Richardson coach Justin Reese said he felt the game slipping away.
“Yeah, we did,” Reese said. “We trusted our guards to take care of the ball and answer.”
Scott, Richardson’s point guard, did that. Despite dislocating a finger midway through the fourth quarter, he hit two free throws to make it a three-point game. After a Plano West turnover, Scott hit two more free throws to ice the game.
In other first-round games:
Hillcrest 51, Carter 47: Hillcrest rallied from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to beat the state’s second-ranked 4A team.
Hillcrest (12-19), the No. 4 seed from District 12-4A, cut its deficit to five, then got key baskets from Tim Singleton in the fourth quarter and crucial free throws from Clarence Lee in the final minutes to stun 11-4A champion Carter (31-5). It was the final game for Carter’s Robert Allen, who after 42 years of coaching, is retiring.
Kimball 69, Bryan Adams 38: Keith Frazier scored 26 points as Kimball (18-9) started its quest for a third consecutive 4A state title.
Arlington Seguin 67, Nacogdoches 31: North Texas signee Greg Wesley scored 13 points for Seguin (30-4), the state’s fourth-ranked 4A team.
Trophy Club Byron Nelson 59, FW Polytechnic 33: Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Byron Nelson (27-5), the state’s 12th-ranked 4A team. Nzekwesi was 11-of-12 from the field, and Keyunta Watkins had 18 points and 10 assists.
Frisco 58, Highland Park 46: Kanetis Mays scored 17 points as Frisco (22-10) beat Highland Park (26-8).
Denton Guyer 63, Saginaw 39: Justin Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Guyer (24-6), the state’s 10th-ranked 4A team.
Carrollton Newman Smith 67, The Colony 66: Walter Rickett scored 21 points for Newman Smith.
DeSoto 72, Copperas Cove 56: Duke signee Matt Jones scored 18 points, and Terry Maston added 17 to lead DeSoto (32-2), the state’s top-ranked 5A team, to the first-round playoff win. DeSoto led by five entering the fourth quarter before closing with a 24-13 run.
South Grand Prairie 35, Killeen Harker Heights 30: South Grand Prairie outscored Harker Heights, 11-3, in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. SGP (32-3) is ranked fourth in the state in 5A.
Rowlett 74, Longview 55: Oklahoma State signee Jeffrey Carroll scored 23 points, and Nebraska signee Nathan Hawkins added 18 for Rowlett (26-3). Rowlett, ranked 13th in the state in 5A, will play fifth-ranked Plano East at 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson Berkner.
Plano East 48, Skyline 38: Xavier Smith scored 11 points as Plano East (28-5) advanced.
Richardson Berkner 59, McKinney Boyd 48: Fresno State signee Soma Edo scored 16 points for Berkner (29-5), the state’s eighth-ranked 5A team. Berkner led by just three entering the fourth quarter.
Jesuit 53, Allen 40: Jesuit outscored Allen, 37-23, in the second half to claim the first-round win.
Garland Lakeview 60, Tyler Lee 41: Charles Beauregard made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Lakeview.
Mesquite 58, South Garland 47: Alex Cooper scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Mesquite.
Prince Giadolor, Lakehill, guard: Had 44 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in an 82-57 win over Kennedale Fellowship Academy. It came after Giadolor scored 47 points and 49 points in back-to-back games last week.
Braylon Rayson, West Mesquite, guard: The Central Michigan signee made four 3-pointers and scored 28 points as West Mesquite beat Frisco Wakeland, 68-66.
Andrew Dotson, Arlington Martin, guard: Scored 22 points and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line as the state’s 21st-ranked 5A team beat Southlake Carroll, 65-51.
Ridge Shipley, Hebron, point guard: The Cal Poly signee scored 25 points as Hebron (33-2), ranked second in the state in 5A, beat Euless Trinity, 48-40.
Mark Johnson, Lincoln, forward: Scored 22 points as the state’s third-ranked 4A team beat Molina, 76-62.
Devante’ Pullum, Little Elm, point guard: Scored 23 points to lead District 9-4A champion Little Elm to a 74-50 win over North Forney.