Written by SportsDayDFW.com
3rd-quarter run propels No. 1 DeSoto boys basketball team past S.G. Prairie
DESOTO - No. 1-ranked DeSoto got a pair of 3-pointers from junior guard Takedrick Brown in a third-quarter run to defeat No. 2-ranked South Grand Prairie, 61-52, in a District 7-5A duel on Friday night.
Top-ranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) state poll, DeSoto (16-1, 2-0) outscored SGP, 22-10, in the third quarter.
Brown hit a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner to give DeSoto a 33-30 lead and a 10-1 run was followed by baskets by Duke signee Matt Jones, junior sixth-man Julian Green and sophomore Antwon Portley.
“SGP is so good they take you out of your stuff,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said. “You have to be patient. We shot so poorly in the first half and we were only down by two and that gave us a chance.”
Jones was DeSoto’s only consistent scorer with 14 first-half points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Driving at point guard, Jones picked up a half-dozen second-half assists as SGP defenders collapsed on him. Jones ended with 19 points while 6-7 junior Terry Maston had 12 and Green 10. Maston also added nine rebounds while 6-7 junior Devin Wyatt had four blocks.
“This is going to be a long, hard district season,” SGP coach Brandon Bennett said. “We have to stay mentally focused. You lose focus for a couple minutes, you miss couple shots you should make, you have some turnovers and then your down by eight or nine against a good team and it’s tough to get it back.”
SGP (15-2, 1-1) led 27-25 at halftime as Virginia Tech signee Ben Emelogu had 14 of his 16 points. Senior Trey Hall added 13 points, and senior Mark Howell had nine points.
SGP’s only other loss was a 60-37 defeat to DeSoto on Dec. 1 in the Arlington Classic. The District 7-5A schedule will continue in January with DeSoto playing at SGP and having a pair of district games against No. 4 Mansfield Timberview and No. 5 Duncanville. DeSoto’s only loss came in a showcase tournament against Duncanville.