Written by Corbett Smith
Hebron boys shut door on SGP, allow only 5 2nd-half baskets in 44-36 win
TROPHY CLUB -- Hebron printed “Unfinished Business” on the backs of its playoff T-shirts. South Grand Prairie was the reason, bouncing Hebron from the Class 5A boys playoffs the last two seasons including a two-point loss in last year’s regional final.
Time to find a new hurdle.
Implementing a rarely used 2-3 zone, Hebron stymied South Grand Prairie, holding it to five second-half field goals in a 44-36 area-round win Friday night. Hebron (25-7) will face Duncanville next week for a shot to advance to the 5A Region I tournament in Fort Worth.
“Last year, we feel like we lost a game we should have won,” Hebron forward Tyler Williams said. “So this one feels really good. We feel like we have a chance to do what we should have done last year.”
Hebron coach Mark Bishop called for a zone in the first half, mixing up his defenses to challenge a long and athletic South Grand Prairie team.
He did the same thing in the opening round against Irving Nimitz, after Nimitz kept getting to the basket with drives.
“I told them, ‘Guys, if they are going to get that, I’ve got to have something else to go to,’” Bishop said.
The defensive switch worked. After Cameron McGriff made a steal and transition dunk to tie the score at 21, South Grand Prairie (23-7) went cold converting one field goal over a 12-minute span in the second half. Hebron went on a 14-3 run during that stretch, sparked by three 3-pointers by Justin Montgomery.
“When he’s feeling it, he’s on,” Williams said.
D.J. Thorpe who led all scorers with 19 points pulled South Grand Prairie to within four in the game’s final two minutes. Thorpe hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and was fouled on two 3-point shots, converting three of his six free throw attempts.
Williams had 10 points and eight rebounds for Hebron.