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Basketball Replay: Mesquite clinches district title; SGP triumphs over Duncanville in OT
GAME OF THE NIGHT
S.Grand Prairie beats Duncanville in OT
Fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6.9 seconds remaining, Mark Howell made two of three free throws to rally from a five-point overtime deficit, helping South Grand Prairie (30-3, 11-2 District 7-5A) to a 62-61 overtime win over Duncanville (23-9, 8-5).
In a battle of District 12-5A’s two best boys teams, Mesquite (20-9, 10-1) clinched the title with a 59-54 at Longview. Two days after signing a letter of intent to play football at Colorado State, Rashard Higgins led all scorers with 16 points.
TAPPS powers clash
The John Paul II girls rallied for a 46-42 win over Argyle Liberty Christian in a battle of state-ranked teams. No. 4 JP II (23-11, 9-2 in TAPPS 1-5A) took a second-half lead over No. 12 Argyle Liberty (19-14, 8-3) for the first time with 48 seconds remaining, with Claire Ricketts and Kindell Texada combining for 27 second-half points.
Jalen Jones, Cedar Hill, guard: Had 21 points in a 48-30 win over Mansfield. Cedar Hill (21-11, 8-5) and Duncanville are tied for third in District 7-5A with one game remaining.
Stephen Spurlock, Carrollton Newman Smith, forward: Had 20 points in a 65-53 win over Mesquite Poteet, as Newman Smith (20-10, 11-2 10-4A) maintained its one-game lead over Highland Park.
Chase Davis, Garland Christian, forward: Had 34 points and 16 rebounds in a 65-35 win over Rockwall Heritage. Garland Christian, No. 7 in the state, improved to 25-3.
LaJohn Martin, South Garland, forward: Had a game-high 27 points in a 51-46 win over Garland Naaman Forest, last season’s 5A semifinalists.
Tavarius Shine, Irving MacArthur, guard: Helped MacArthur (19-10, 11-2) keep the District 6-5A lead with 41 points in a 68-52 win over Grapevine.
Marcus Mathieu, Plano East, guard: Led East (26-4, 9-0 in 10-5A) with 14 points, going 3-of-6 from 3-point range, in a 69-49 win over Allen.
Michael Healer, Justin Northwest, guard: Scored a game-high 15 points as Northwest (17-14, 8-5 4-5A) upset district leader Keller, 42-32.
Keanna Kelly, Mansfield Summit, guard: In a tiebreaker game, had a game-high 20 points as Summit (22-13, 11-3) clinched the second seed in District 15-4A with a 47-44 win over Red Oak (25-9, 11-3).
Points scored by Carrollton Christian forward Stephen Ugochukwu in against Gainesville State School on Friday.
Home wins for South Grand Prairie’s boys team, following its 62-61 overtime win over Duncanville.