Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Hebron boys basketball scores big upset of No. 1 DeSoto after costly technical turns tide
FORT WORTH — When DeSoto was called for a technical foul late in the third quarter Tuesday, it opened the door for Hebron. And once the underdogs stepped through it, they became the big dogs at Wilkerson Greines Activity Center.
Hebron, the No. 2 team in the Class 5A state rankings, dominated the final 11 minutes of the game to pull off a 62-55 victory over top-ranked DeSoto. Hebron (35-2) will play Arlington Bowie or North Crowley on Friday in the 5A Region I semifinals.
“When that technical happened, I definitely thought it could change the game,” said Hebron senior guard Ridge Shipley, who had 26 points.
It started a hairpin turn of momentum.
Led by the inside power of Terry Maston, who scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, DeSoto took a 10-point lead late in the first quarter. DeSoto (33-3) kept Hebron at arm’s length for the next two quarters and led 50-39 with four minutes left in the third.
But after Hebron’s Chase Mortensen made a layup, Maston was called for a technical foul and Shipley made two free throws. Shipley followed with a 3-pointer and then made a steal that led to a fast-break layup by Tyler Williams. The nine points in 35 seconds cut DeSoto’s lead to 50-48 at the end of three quarters.
Hebron kept the pressure on early in the fourth and took the lead for good on Connor McClenaghan’s two free throws with 6:31 left. DeSoto’s offense struggled the rest of the game as Hebron concentrated on stopping Maston and star guard Matt Jones, who finished with only four points.
It was the 32nd straight win for Hebron, which lost to DeSoto by 23 points in November.
“We had two losses then, and we haven’t lost since,” coach Mark Bishop said. “Our guys have kind of learned to win over time.”
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