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Kimball, Hillcrest boys, long-time rivals, roll into DISD Coca-Cola final
Kimball edges Lincoln in semis; Hillcrest’s Foster scores 29 points
Kimball and Hillcrest will meet for the championship of the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ellis Davis Field House.
Kimball (16-3) advanced by defeating Lincoln, 54-52, in a semifinal Wednesday at Ellis Davis. Hillcrest (15-2) defeated South Grand Prairie, 68-50.
Kimball guard Keith Frazier poured in 13 of his game-high 23 points during the second quarter.
Courtney Hooper paced Lincoln, ranked No. 18 in the state in 4A, by scoring 10 of his 17 points in the final 12 minutes.
Hillcrest got a game-high 29 points from Julius Foster. Foster was too much for SGP in the open floor, scoring the majority of his buckets on fast-break opportunities that were created by an effective zone defense.
Hillcrest never trailed in the second half and extended its lead by knocking down 10 of 12 free throws in the final quarter. Tim Singleton made all four of his fourth-quarter free throw attempts and finished with 14 points.
Taylor Jacobs paced South Grand Prairie (17-2) with 17 points, and Jovan Austin added 12 for the state No. 4-ranked 5A team.
Earlier at Sprague Field House, South Grand Prairie overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in rallying to beat South Oak Cliff, 61-57, in a quarterfinal.
SGP’s Ben Emelogu scored 17 second-half points, 11 of those in the fourth quarter. Austin added 10 fourth-quarter points, and SGP went ahead with 1:15 left in the game. That was its first lead since early in the first quarter.
UTEP recruit Chris Washburn pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots for South Grand Prairie.
South Oak Cliff’s Bryan Umoru tallied 16 points while teammate Christopher Hyder dished out eight assists.
In a quarterfinal at Loos Field House, Foster had a game-high 30 points as Hillcrest defeated Sachse (9-9), 48-40. Foster scored his team’s first 11 points and was the only Hillcrest player who scored until midway through the second quarter. The senior also added 15 points in the second half.
In another quarterfinal, Madison, ranked No. 14 in the state, was eliminated after falling, 54-51, to Lincoln,. Madison had scored 196 points through its first two games of the tournament. Erick Neal and Shermaine Thomas led the way for Lincoln, combining for 36 of the team’s 54 points.
In the consolation semifinals at Forester, West Mesquite took down Pinkston, 55-47. Senior Cordale Young led Pinkston with 12 points, followed by Devonte Greene with 11 and Tre Von Roy with 10. West Mesquite advances to the consolation championship at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Ellis Davis Field House.
Whataburger Tournament: In Haltom City, Plano West survived improbable 3-pointers from Fort Worth Arlington Heights to win, 80-70, in triple overtime in the first round. Ranked 13th in the TABC 5A state boys poll, Plano West got 19 points apiece from T.J. Cline and Holt Harmon.
Plano West advances to meet No. 2-ranked DeSoto at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Arlington Heights, ranked No. 13 in the state, got 31 points from guard Harrison Wagner.
Two-time defending Orange Division champ Flower Mound Marcus (17-1) defeated Justin Northwest, 45-38, in a sluggish offensive showing after Marcus Smart and A.J. Luckey didn’t start after being late for a practice.
Defending 5A state champion Marcus got 13 points from Phillip Forte III and 11 from Nick Banyard, who hit a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. Smart and Luckey combined for 10 points and will start Thursday against No. 9-ranked Richland in the second round.
DeSoto (15-2) trounced Coppell, 77-39, with its pressure defense and hot shooting from Duke recruit Matt Jones and sophomore Takedrick Brown. The 6-4 Jones scored 22 points, and the 5-9 Brown added 16.
Behind nationally recruited junior Leyton Hammonds, Richland defeated Garland Naaman Forest, 64-58. Richland (13-1) also had a non-district win over DeSoto this week. Senior guard Demarcus Holland had 21 points for Naaman Forest while center Prince Ibeh, a Texas signee, had seven points.
Senior post Joseph Gonzalez scored 25 points to lead Lovejoy to a 65-57 win over Argyle Liberty Christian. Lovejoy, ranked 17th in the TABC Class 3A poll, outscored Argyle Liberty, 15-5, in the second quarter. Three Argyle Liberty players scored in double figures, led by Wes Hill with 15 points.
Clarke Overlander scored 20 points to lead Argyle to a 66-54 win over Fairfield. Argyle, ranked fifth in the state in 3A, raced out to a 17-8 lead and never trailed. Zach Dickerson and Connor York scored 11 points apiece for Argyle.
Kennedale outscored Clarksville by 20 points in the second half to overcome a 14-point deficit and prevail, 69-60. Kennedale’s Alex Robinson scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
Burkburnett outscored Sanger, 31-5, in the second quarter en route to a 65-41 win.
Plano Avery Air Invitational: Plano’s offense came alive in the second half and rolled to a 58-38 win against Rockwall. Seniors Austin Mitchell had 19 points and Malcom Mann had 14, as Plano outscored Rockwall, 36-21, in the final 16 minutes. Plano advances to the semifinals and will face Jesuit at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Derrick Modest led Garland with 18 points in a 63-58 win over Arlington.
Jesuit’s Tim Sayers scored a game-high 18 points, and Jesuit cruised to a 66-42 win over Irving. Jalen Strickland paced Irving with 14 points.
Carrollton Creekview’s Stephen Buckner and Justin Cueto each scored 19 points to fuel their team to a 65-62 win against Highland Park. Highland Park’s David Allen had a game-high 23 points, including 12 in the first quarter. Creekview will face Rowlett in the semifinals at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Rowlett’s Jeffrey Carroll scored a game-high 32 points, and his team exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter as it defeated McKinney, 80-58.
Ten points apiece from Eric Johnson and Brandon Scott lifted Richardson to a 58-43 over West Mesquite.
Eric Reed and Alex Cooper led all players with 16 points each as Mesquite defeated Royse City, 53-49.
King McClure scored a game-high 26 points as Triple A Academy defeated Lake Highlands, 64-60.