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DISD/Coca-Cola Roundup: Lancaster boys top Carter, Bryan Adams girls roll
Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Boys
Lancaster, Kimball, Madison and Lincoln played their way into the quarterfinals of the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola boys basketball tournament, while Bishop Dunne’s Lasani Johnson put on a scoring clinic that had the crowd buzzing Thursday.
Johnson, the son of former NBA All-Star and Skyline standout Larry Johnson, scored 103 points in two games. Johnson scored 40 points in a 65-64 loss to Adamson, then poured in 63 points in an 85-83 double-overtime loss to Copperas Cove in the consolation bracket.
Top recruits highlight Lancaster-Carter matchup: Lancaster junior Elijah Thomas and Carter senior Jeremy Combs put up solid games in a first-round contest won by Lancaster, 66-59.
Thomas, ranked as the nation’s ninth-best recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 13 points despite being in foul trouble. Combs, a North Texas signee, kept Carter in the game with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Lancaster also showed plenty of outside shooting touch, as Antwon Portley and Antione Taylor each hit four 3-pointers. Portley had a team-high 20 points, and Taylor scored 17.
Lancaster then powered its way into the quarterfinals with an 89-51 victory over Pinkston, with Thomas scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds while Kaelon Wilson scored a game-high 17 points.
Lancaster, ranked No. 7 in the state in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, will play fifth-ranked Kimball at noon Friday at Ellis Davis Field House. Another quarterfinal will have Madison, the state’s top-ranked 3A team, playing Lincoln at noon at Forester Field House.
Kimball puts up 36-point quarter: Kimball showed little rust after the holiday break, scoring 36 points in the opening quarter in an 80-52 first-round win over Red Oak. A 19-0 run by Kimball turned an early one-point lead into a 28-8 edge with two minutes left in the period. Eight players scored in the quarter for Kimball, with Dondre Carter and Derias Johnson combining to make five 3-pointers.
Four Kimball players scored in double figures, led by Jawun Evans with 19 points, eight steals and seven rebounds and Carter with 16 points. Kimball kept rolling in the second round as D’Angelo Allen scored 17 points in an 80-44 victory over Cedar Park Vista Ridge.
Pinkston wins at buzzer: Dekendrick Sloan scored on a putback as time expired as Pinkston claimed a 60-59 win to stave off a wild fourth-quarter rally by Roosevelt.
Pinkston led 44-29 after three quarters, but Roosevelt scored 30 in the fourth quarter to claim a 59-58 lead with less than 20 seconds to play. Sloan finished with 18 points for Pinkston, with Jamarius Graves pouring in a team-high 19 points and five 3-pointers.
Player of the Day (Boys): Lasani Johnson, Bishop Dunne
Johnson, the son of former NBA All-Star, Space Jam and Family Matters guest star and Skyline standout Larry Johnson, scored 103 points in two games. Johnson scored 40 points against Adamson, then poured in 63 points in an 85-83 double-overtime loss to Copperas Cove in the consolation bracket.
Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Girls
Denton Guyer rallied past Kimball, 43-35, to earn a quarterfinal berth of the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Tournament. Playing on its home floor, Kimball trailed at halftime before fighting back to forge a 33-33 tie going into the fourth.
But 14-year-old freshman guard Lauren Heard was a settling presence for Guyer in the final quarter, scoring six of her team-high 13 points. Senior Sakiya Washington led Kimball (3-6) with 18 points.
Guyer (12-2), whose only losses have been to Gainesville and Wichita Falls, stopped Woodrow Wilson, 37-30, in the first round.
Reaching the quarterfinals: Bryan Adams, No. 18 in the state 4A rankings, rolled past Mesquite Poteet, 70-50, in the morning, then reached the quarterfinals by defeating Adamson, which received a first-round bye.
Skyline also made the quarterfinals by defeating Pinkston. Earlier in the day, Skyline routed Irving Nimitz, 58-9.
Hebron and Allen also won their first two games to reach the quarterfinals. Hebron defeated Conrad after routing Berkner, 74-31, in the opener. Allen defeated W.T. White after rolling past Hillcrest, 42-19.
Lincoln and Wilmer-Hutchins will battle in a quarterfinal. Lincoln, regarded as one of the favorites in the 22-team field, routed Samuell, 59-22, after defeating Garland, 42-24, in its opener. Wilmer-Hutchins made the quarterfinals by defeating Madison and South Oak Cliff.
Player of the Day (Girls): Lauren Heard, Denton Guyer
The freshman guard not only had a team-high 13 points against Kimball, but she scored six of those points in a fourth quarter rally to outlast Sakiya Washington and her 18 points for Kimball.