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Prime Prep JV, Triple A Academy notch wins at Thanksgiving Hoopfest
DUNCANVILLE — Playing with a “Junior Varsity” moniker but looking like a Varsity squad, Prime Prep Academy sent Scotlandville back to Louisiana with a 63-50 defeat during the fourth annual Duncanville Hoopfest.
Prime Prep junior Emmanuel Mudiay and seniors Jordan Mickey and Karvair Shepherd all started, though all have also been ruled ineligible by either the UIL’s state executive committee or the District 11-3A district executive committee. By playing as a JV squad, the players were able to contribute 15, 22 and four points, respectively, to the victory.
“They make life a little easier,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “We didn’t play defensively like we should. We have to get better with defensive rebounding and taking care of the ball.”
Defense leads Triple A: Triple A Academy coach Trey Washington knew his Stallions — who were trailing by four points at halftime — needed to find a way to generate some offense, so he turned to his defense. A mixture of full-court press and half-court traps throughout the second-half allowed Triple A to outscore Rockwall by 13 over the final 16 minutes and cruise to victory.
“We had to pick up the pressure defensively,” Washington said. “We use that half-court trap sometimes to get back in our rhythm.”
That defensive intensity limited Rockwall 6-foot-9 sophomore Elijah Thomas to only eight second-half points, compared with his 18 in the first half.
Sophomore King McClure led Triple A with 22 points, while sophomore Tyler Singleton and junior Jeremiah Jefferson chipped in 11 each.
Briefly: Plano got the day off to a quick start with a 77-45 victory over T.C. Cedar Hill, nearly outscoring Cedar Hill’s total with a 39-point first half. Dallas Lincoln needed 17-point efforts from both Tafari Witter and Derrick Neal to survive Bishop Dunne Lasani Johnson’s 26. Lincoln prevailed 60-52. Richardson Berkner cruised to a 80-63 victory over Louisiana’s Carroll High School, despite Robert Pratt’s 23 points. DeSoto squeezed past Madison Prep, also from Louisiana, 63-59, largely thanks to Matthew Jones’ 28 points.