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SGP boys squeak by Jonesboro (Ark.), 47-44, to win Whataburger championship
HALTOM CITY -- South Grand Prairie claimed the Whataburger Tournament championship late Saturday night, defeating Jonesboro (Ark.) 47-44 in the final at Thomas Coliseum.
SGP led from the start, jumping out to an 8-0 lead before settling for a 15-10 edge heading to the second quarter.
Jonesboro rallied back to tie the game at 15-15 early in the second period, but SGP used good inside play and free throw shooting to build the lead back up to 8. SGP was 12-of-16 from the foul line in the opening half, including a pair of free throws by D.J. Thorpe to put SGP up 29-22 at the half.
Thorpe (9 points, 7 rebounds) was named to the All Tournament team along with teammates Rick Curry (8 points, 10 rebounds) and Jalon Anderson, with Anderson being named Tournament MVP.
SGP kept the lead safe with great defense and its brusing inside play, taking a 38-30 edge to the fourth quarter.
The lead grew to 11 points early in the final quarter, but Jonesboro rallied back to slowly cut away at deficit and trailed 43-38 with three minutes remaining.
SGP eventually saw the lead cut to one with 14 seconds to play, but went back up 47-44 after two free throws by Anderson with 10 seconds on the clock. Andrew Montague then sealed the win with a steal on Joneboro’s last possession.
DeSoto takes third: DeSoto survived a wild fourth-quarter comeback to come away with a 75-72 overtime victory over Louisville (Ky.) Ballard in Saturday’s third-place game at the Whataburger Tournament Thomas Coliseum.
DeSoto’s Terry Maston had six points in overtime, including a layup with two seconds left to provide the game’s final basket. Maston, named to the all-tournament team, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
DeSoto led by as much as 16 points in the second half, but an aggressive Ballard press keyed a 12-4 run to close regulation and send the game to overtime.
Both teams played a fast-paced game early, with DeSoto using solid inside play in the second quarter to grab a 36-28 halftime lead.
DeSoto used a 14-1 run in the third quarter to push its lead into double-digits.
Takedrick Brown added 16 points in the win for DeSoto, with Devin Wyatt chipping in 14 points and six rebounds.
Ballard’s Quentin Snider led his team with 27 points and six 3-pointers en route to all-tournament honors.
Justin Northwest gets fifth: Justin Northwest outscored Plano West 56-37 in the final two quarters, turning a close game at halftime into a decisive 93-73 victory in the fifth-place game.
Justin Northwest led 37-36 at the half, but opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run to take a 12 point lead. Powered by five 3-pointers in the quarter, including three from Taylor Johnson, Justin Northwest took a 70-53 lead to the fourth quarter and Plano West could not get any closer.
Johnson finished with a game-high 30 points and six 3-pointers, with teammate Elijah Christman pouring in 26 points and 5 3-pointers. Josh Tatum and Jeremy Kabongo each tallied 11 points for Northwest.
Plano West was led by D.J. Hogg with 27 points, with Soso Jamabo adding 19 points.
Lakeview wins consolation final: Garland Lakeview’s Charles Beauregard scored a game-high 23 points in a 65-47 win over Richardson Berkner in the consolation final.
Beauregard had at least two baskets in each quarter, with Lakeview Centennial leading throughout the contest.
Cameron Hardy added 16 points, 13 of those coming in the second half for Lakeview Centennial, while Richardson Berkner’s offense was paced by Torey Everett with 10 points and Robert Johnson, Jr. with nine points.