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FM Marcus boys power past Frisco Heritage, 77-67, in inaugural Allen title game
ALLEN — New Mexico signee Xavier Adams scored a game-high 25 points and powered Flower Mound Marcus to a 77-67 win over Frisco Heritage on Saturday in the championship game of Allen’s inaugural In-N-Out Holiday Invitational.
Adams was named the MVP of the 4A-5A bracket.
Adams ignited a 13-3 run with a basket at the 1:31 mark of the third quarter, and Marcus (14-1) built a 61-51 lead with 5:52 remaining. Frisco Heritage (12-2) would not get closer than seven the rest of the way.
Jaxon Holder added 13 points for Marcus, including seven in the critical fourth quarter.
Heritage gave Marcus an opportunity to start the game with the lead before any time ran off the clock. Heritage was called for a technical foul during warm-ups, but the shots were missed.
Heritage held a 35-31 lead behind Jordan Corbitt’s 12 points. Corbitt finished with 18. Gabe Fowler and Wesley Franklin added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Heritage.
Adams’ strong play was on display at both ends of the court. He followed a slam dunk on a break midway through the fourth with a block at the other end.
John Paul II 66, Duncanville 55: On the strength of a game-high 22 points from all-tournament selection Bola Alade and a large disparity in free throw attempts, John Paul II (15-3) recovered from a lopsided semifinal loss to take third place in the 4A-5A bracket. Jackson Forbes added 19 points, 16 in the second half.
Duncanville (10-7), playing without 3-point specialist Matt McQuaid, kept the game close through three quarters, but John Paul II pulled away in the fourth. Miami signee Omar Sherman, also selected to the all-tournament team, led Duncanville with 18 points.
Sunnyvale 43, Van Alstyne 37: Paced by Josh Quinn’s 13 points and Dillon Paschall’s 10, Sunnyvale hung on down the stretch to win the 1A-3A championship.
Sunnyvale led by nine with six minutes to go, but Van Alstyne closed the gap to two at the 1:08 mark on Colin McCaskill’s 3-pointer. But Quinn, the bracket’s MVP, and Lawson Ayo hit free throws to build the lead to four with 23 seconds to go.
MVP: Xavier Adams, FM Marcus
Jaxon Holder, FM Marcus
Gabe Fowler, Frisco Heritage
Jordan Corbitt, Frisco Heritage
Bola Alade, John Paul II
Omar Sherman, Duncanville
Jamuni McNeace, Allen
MVP: Josh Quinn, Sunnyvale
Ryan Cottingame, Sunnyvale
Casey Epps, Allen JV
Michael Witherspoon, Franklin
Jared McMakin, Van Alstyne