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TAPPS boys state tournament roundup: Prestonwood standout scores 40 in win over John Paul II
MANSFIELD — Plano Prestonwood Christian senior Julius Randle scored 40 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 55-48 victory over Plano John Paul II in a TAPPS 5A boys basketball state semifinal Friday.
Kansas coach Bill Self was in the crowd at Mansfield Timberview to watch Randle, who is uncommitted and the No. 2-ranked recruit in the country by Rivals.com.
Randle is expected to announce his college choice in about three weeks. He has narrowed his choices to Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina State, Florida and Oklahoma.
Prestonwood will play Fort Worth Nolan in the state championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Legacy.
Randle’s final points came with 50 seconds left as he drove the length of the court, went behind his back at the free throw line, sidestepped a defender and scored a basket and hit the free throw to give Prestonwood a 53-45 lead.
Getting points off dunks and close-range shots, Randle was 16-of-24 from two-point range. The 6-9, 240-pounder scored most of his points off the dribble with John Paul sagging multiple defenders on him. He also had a pair of 3-pointers and defensively blocked five shots and altered several more.
“I was just in a zone,” Randle said. “I’ve scored more points, but not in the same way.”
The defending state champion, Prestonwood (14-19) has won all four games since Randle returned from a broken foot suffered in a Thanksgiving Showcase game at Duncanville. Randle scored 35 points in Prestonwood’s first playoff win. John Paul II (28-7) had defeated Prestonwood twice in district play with Randle sidelined.
Fort Worth Nolan 46, Argyle Liberty Christian 45: Michael Hoffman scored a game-high 19 points and blocked a layup attempt with five seconds left and Nolan clinging to a one-point lead.
Dallas Christian 70, TC-Cedar Hill 55: Led by 18 points from D’Andre Cannon, Dallas Christian rolled to victory in a TAPPS 4A state semifinal. Dallas Christian (22-1) will play in the state final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Legacy.
Dallas Christian opened up a 29-15 advantage with 2:28 left in the half. TC-Cedar Hill countered with three consecutive baskets by Garrick Williams to trim the lead to 31-22 at the half.
Dallas Christian quickly regained control, opening the second half with a 15-6 run. TC-Cedar Hill’s Williams led all scorers with 28 points.