Written by Corbett Smith
Argyle controls tempo, wins behind UNT signee to advance to 3A final
Senior Overlander scores game-high 17; CC Miller next
AUSTIN — Argyle knew it wanted to control the tempo against Lubbock Estacado in the UIL Class 3A semifinal.
Despite committing 23 turnovers, Argyle did just that — holding Estacado to four fast-break points in a 41-34 win.
Argyle (30-8) will face Corpus Christi Miller (30-9) at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Class 3A final.
Six times this season, Estacado had scored less than 60 points. It was 2-4 in those games.
“On the videos we’d seen on them, it was obvious that they were a transition and up-tempo team,” Argyle coach John King said. “We talked heavily in practice about making them be a set-up team, shoot jump shots, not let them have those six, eight-point runs that they are so known for.”
Clarke Overlander, a North Texas signee, hit his first shot on Argyle’s first possession and seemed a steadying offensive force. While holding a 14-13 halftime lead, Argyle had converted only three baskets in the first half — all by Overlander.
He finished with a game-high 17 points.
“Walking into that gym, everyone’s eyes were a little big,” Overlander said. “And so, as the senior leader and one of the captains, you try to do your best to make everyone feel comfortable and to really set the tone for the team.”
Taken out of its comfort zone by Argyle’s deliberate pace and a 20-9 foul disparity that put two of its best post players in foul trouble, Estacado (29-8) settled on 3-point attempts that didn’t fall.
Estacado, in its third trip to state in four seasons, shot 27 percent from the floor, and missed 22-of-27 3-point attempts.
“We could never get into a rhythm due to fouling,” Estacado coach Tony Wagner said. “And our kids, I think some of their aggressiveness was taken away — which made us probably settle for more jump shots than we’d normally probably take.”