Written by Corbett Smith
Boys 4A Region II semifinals: Kimball squanders big lead but wins
Clutch free throw shooting saves day after McKinney North climbs within two
GARLAND — When Kimball closed the first quarter on an outlet pass from Jordon Adams and a transition dunk from Trent Brinkley to go up by 14, it didn’t look like the two-time defending state champs would sweat much against McKinney North, an 11-loss, unranked district runner-up.
But Kimball coach Snoop Johnson wasn’t sold.
“They weren’t going to go away,” Johnson said. “There was something they did to get here.”
What North did was scrap, getting as close as two points in the fourth quarter. Kimball went 12-for-12 from the free throw line in the closing 90 seconds, holding on to a 56-49 win in the Class 4A Region II semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.
Kimball’s Keith Frazier led all scorers with 15 points but made only two field goals in the final three periods.
In an 18-4 first quarter, Kimball (21-9) looked like the team that bounced Lincoln in the previous round — athletic, accurate and focused. Kimball made four of seven 3-point shots in the period, while North (23-12) — in its first regional tournament since 2007 — scuffled, going 2-for-15 in the first quarter and missing all eight 3-point tries.
But Kimball couldn’t keep focus as the game progressed, setting for jump shots, turning the ball over and getting outrebounded 33-24 by a smaller North squad. North ended with 11 more shots.
“Everything was too easy, early,” Johnson said. “And that cost us some games early in the year. We just lost focus, and lost our energy.”
Slowly, North chiseled away at the lead. As Kimball went scoreless for nearly five minutes, two free throws by Julion Pearre pulled North’s deficit to 34-32 with 6:49 remaining. From that point, Kimball went on a 9-3 run over the next three minutes and made its final 13 free throws.Arlington Seguin 70 , West Mesquite 59:
Using its distinct size advantage to take control over the final 10 minutes, No. 4 Arlington Seguin advances to face Kimball in the final.
After Jordan Johnson hit a lay-up to put West Mesquite (26-10) up, 40-39, with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter, Seguin (33-4) went on a 13-3 run.
Seguin scored all of its points over the final 10 minutes on lay-ups, offensive put-backs and free throws.
While West Mesquite played only one player over 6-0, Seguin started three Division I signees who were 6-5 or taller. Seguin forward and TCU signee Brandon Parrish led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, seven of them offensive. All of Seguin’s starters finished in double digits, scoring all 70 points.
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