Written by Matt Wixon
Arlington Seguin blows by Kimball; DeSoto defeats nation's top hoops team Simeon (IL)
GRAND PRAIRIE — The matchup of the defending Class 4A champions and this year’s top-ranked 4A team featured several NBA-range 3-pointers, a few highlight-reel dunks and two of the area’s top players.
What the game between Kimball and Arlington Seguin didn’t provide Thursday night, as the opening act of the Geico ESPN High School Basketball Showcase, was drama. Seguin, the top-ranked team in the TABC 4A state rankings, built an early lead and never trailed in a 72-63 victory over Kimball.
“It felt really good,” said Seguin guard Brandon Parrish, who led all scorers with 24 points. “To win on the national stage, it feels even better.”
In the game televised on ESPNU, Seguin (12-2) took control with a 12-2 run to close the first half. Parrish, who has signed with TCU, scored eight points during the streak, including a 3-pointer that banked in at the buzzer. Seguin stretched the lead to 19 by midway through the third quarter.
Kimball (3-5), which has played a tough early schedule, scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to whittle the deficit lead to eight, and the Knights got within 57-51 with 4:45 to play on a 3-pointer by Keith Frazier.
But Seguin scored two quick baskets on dunks by Greg Wesley. The first came on a rebound, and the second finished a fast break.
Frazier, one of the state’s top recruits, finished with 23 points. But the senior guard only scored five points in the first half, when Kimball fell behind by 15.
DeSoto 67, Chicago Simeon 57: Playing in a game televised by ESPN and watched courtside by a starry lineup of college coaches, DeSoto guard Matt Jones scored 23 points as the Eagles knocked off the nation’s top-ranked team.
DeSoto (14-1), ranked No. 1 in the TABC 5A rankings and No. 18 in the ESPN Power 25, took control with a 9-1 run to start the second half. Jones, who has signed with Duke, was playing in front of Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski. Other coaches courtside included Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, SMU’s Larry Brown and TCU’s Trent Johnson.
Simeon (1-1), No. 1 in the ESPN Power 25, scored seven points in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut DeSoto’s lead to 43-36. But the Eagles responded with a 11-0 run to put the game away. Jabari Parker, one of the nation’s top recruits who is returning from a broken foot suffered in the summer, scored five points.
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