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Lancaster recovers from 20-point 4th quarter deficit to bounce South Oak Cliff in 4A Region II semis
GARLAND – Lancaster rallied from a 20-point deficit in the fourth-quarter to defeat South Oak cliff, 82-77, in a Class 4A boys Region II semifinal at the Culwell Center.
With guard Antwon Portley and forward Elijah Thomas accounting for 20 of 35 fourth-quarter points, Lancaster trailed South Oak Cliff 67-47 with seven minutes remaining before going on a 28-5 with hot shooting and frenetic defense leading to transition baskets.
“Every day in practice, we have to make three defensive stops in a row and score each time,” said Thomas, who ended with 18 points and 14 rebounds. “That was the mindset. We believed we could do it. We had the want to.”
Lancaster (31-4) advances to the regional final with berth to the state tournament in the balance. Lancaster had defeated SOC (27-7) twice previously this season but Lancaster found itself down 20 points on SOC’s first basket of the final period.
“I looked at the scoreboard and turned to my assistants and said, “We’re down 20,”” Lancaster coach Ferrin Douglas said. “We got some big baskets, got a lot of hands on balls for turnovers and to come back from 20 against a great program like SOC in the regional semifinal, we have to believe we can win state.”
A frantic comeback was completed as senior guard Kaelon Wilson hit two free throws to tie the score at 70 with 2:20 left. Senior guard De’Angelo Jones picked off an errant in-bounds pass on the next possession to take a 72-70 lead. Portley scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to spark the run. Thomas controlled the boards with his rebounding and shot blocking.
SOC had taken its lead with a 28-point second-quarter creating a 65-47 halftime lead. But went without a field goal for nearly a six-minute stretch. SOC junior guard CJ Massingburg had a team-high 14 points but fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
SOC (27-7) 20-28-17-12-77
Lancaster (31-4) 19-17-11-35-82
SOC: Franky Byers 6, Lazae Seaton 13, Mr Dawson 6, CJ Massingburg 14, Prentice McKinney 6, Olando King 2, JF Thomas 12, James Harrison 13, Devin McCullough 5
Lancaster: Byron Cubit 5, Dominque Fobbs 2, De’Angelo Jones 5, Kaelon Wilson 20, Jakolby Pemberton 13, Antwon Portley, 14, Elijah Thomas 18, Nate Morris 3, Josh Kennedy 2