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HS boys holiday basketball roundup (Day 2): Lincoln, SGP advance to DISD final; Mesquite edges Jesuit in Plano Classic semis
Lincoln and Carter gave their fans all the excitement they could handle. The two state-ranked teams needed overtime Friday before Lincoln emerged with a 69-68 victory.
Lincoln advanced to the championship game of the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Invitational. Lincoln will meet South Grand Prairie at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ellis Davis Field House.
Lincoln, ranked No. 23 in the state Class 4A rankings, got the winning plays from guard Derrick Neal. Neal hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in overtime and then stripped the ball during a final Carter drive to the basket.
Neal had 18 points and six steals. His brother, Erick Neal, had 17 points, 10 assists and four 3-pointers.
Class 4A No. 22 Carter (18-4) nearly had the contest won in regulation on a 3-pointer by Xavier Hodge (15 points), but saw Derrick Neal hit two free throws with one second left to force overtime.
In the other semifinal, South Grand Prairie, the state’s second-ranked team in Class 5A, took a convincing 72-56 win over a tough Sachse team.
SGP (19-2) proved to have too much firepower, with five players scoring at least nine points while the team sank seven 3-pointers.
SGP guard Mark Howell scored a game-high 16 points and had three 3-pointers. SGP also got 14 points apiece from Ben Emelogu and Rick Curry (10 rebounds).
Sachse (8-8) played SGP close for the opening half, but wore down against SGP’s balance and speed. A.J. Goss led the way for Sachse with 14 points, while Tyrique Edwards chipped in 10 points.
Sachse will meet Carter at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.
Quarterfinals: In a matchup of state-ranked teams at Sprague Field House, Howell scored 20 points and Virginia Tech signee Ben Emelogu added 16 to lead SGP to a 59-54 win over South Oak Cliff.
Howell and Emelogu each scored eight points in the fourth quarter. Lazae Seaton and Kenneth Arthur II each tallied 14 points, and Seaton also had four assists for South Oak Cliff, the No. 11 team in the 4A state rankings.
At Loos Field House, Sachse advanced thanks to a late comeback in a 49-48 win against Woodrow Wilson, the state’s sixth-ranked 4A team. Sachse was paced by the backcourt duo of Goss and Marlo Johnson, who combined for 27 points and forced a few late turnovers.
Carter and defending 4A state champion Kimball provided one of the tournament’s top matchups as Carter emerged with a 59-56 victory.
Kimball, the state’s seventh-ranked 4A team, got a game-high 22 points from Keith Frazier but ended tournament play with the loss. Victor Arnick scored 15 points to pace four players in double figures for Carter.
Lincoln held off Madison, 56-54. Lincoln led 54-41 with 5:54 remaining before Madison closed the game on a 13-2 run. Madison’s Demarcus West made a 3-pointer as time expired, but officials ruled he didn’t get the shot off in time.
Consolation: Wilmer-Hutchins will play Lancaster in the consolation championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ellis Davis Field House.
Christian McCoggle, a Texas Southern signee, scored 13 points and grabbed 24 rebounds to lead Wilmer-Hutchins over Mesquite Horn, 51-42.
Jarius Houston made a layup with eight seconds remaining to give Lancaster a 62-61 win over West Mesquite.
Whataburger Tournament Orange Division
Plano East, the state’s 17th-ranked Class 5A team, used a big game by point guard Marcus Mathieu to defeat No. 10 Richardson Berkner, 61-55, and advance into the championship game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
Plano East will face California’s Long Beach Polytechnic in the championship game. Poly, ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today, defeated Arlington Martin, 57-43, in the semifinals. Berkner will face Martin at 5 p.m. in the third-place game.
Mathieu, a McNeese State signee, had 20 points. Helping support him were forwards Sawyer Kipp and Jarvis Pugh, who combined for 26 points.
Rowlett, the state’s third-ranked Class 5A team, was knocked out of the tournament Friday morning after losing to Coppell, 61-52. Coppell’s Simi Socks scored a game-high 24 points, and teammate Landon Goesling chipped in with 18.
Plano Wildcat Holiday Classic
A quartet of football standouts led Mesquite to a 55-52 semifinal win over Jesuit, the state’s 14th-ranked 5A team. Javante Wilson, Dameon Gamblin, Alex Cooper and Rashard Higgins combined for 44 points, including 18 in a 23-point fourth quarter. A pair of clutch free throws by Wilson put the game out of reach with 6.9 seconds remaining.
In the other semifinal, Richardson seniors Jordan Walker and Brandon Scott put on a shooting clinic, knocking off Plano, 52-34. The two veteran scorers combined for 26 points, including 16 in the first half. Junior Nylan Yancy pitched in with 10 points. Plano led 17-16 early in the second quarter, but Richardson followed with a 19-2 run.
Mesquite will play Richardson in the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Plano.
In a back-and-forth affair, sophomore Jason Bardgett dropped in a go-ahead layup with about a minute left to give Plano a 50-49 victory over Bishop Lynch in the quarterfinals. Bishop Lynch ran down the clock but missed a last-second shot that could have won it. Senior Dustin Bercutt led Plano with 17 points, while Bishop Lynch senior Lupe Alba led all scorers with 19 points.
In a gritty defensive struggle that went down to the wire, Richardson stopped a potential game-winning shot by Highland Park at the buzzer to claim a 39-38 win in the quarterfinals. Brandon Scott paced Richardson with 12 points, including four of the team’s six points in the final quarter, while Highland Park senior Chase Fletcher led all scorers with 13.
The consolation semifinals will feature Frisco Heritage vs. Irving at 11:30 a.m. at Plano followed by Southeast Oklahoma City vs. Flower Mound Marcus at 1 p.m. The consolation final will be at 5 p.m.
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