Basketball Roundup: Two Coaches Reach Milestones + San Augustine, Laneville Earn Big Wins
LINDALE — John Tyler won 61-38 at Lindale on Friday to set up a big District 16-4A matchup Tuesday at the Lions Den.
No. 10 Jacksonville (32-0, 9-0) has already clinched an outright district championship, but the Indians must protect their perfect record Tuesday night at John Tyler, which enters the game 13-14 overall and 7-2 in 16-4A.
Jacksonville’s 49-35 home win against Whitehouse on Friday clinched the No. 2 seed for John Tyler, which was led by Tyus Bowser’s 17 points in Friday’s win at Lindale.
Bobby Carson Wins 600th Game in Marshall’s 18-Point Victory
MARSHALL — An 60-42 victory against Texas High was reason for two celebrations Friday night at Maverick Gymnasium.
The win clinched the District 14-4A championship for the Mavericks, who improved to 24-8 overall and 8-1 in league play. It also gave coach Bobby Carson his 600th career victory.
Tiandre Jackson’s 21 points led Marshall.
Pine Tree Stays Alive in Playoff Race with 25-Point Win
LONGVIEW — Caleb Chumley scored 15 points and Trever Barker added 12 to lead Pine Tree to a 55-30 senior night victory against Sulphur Springs that keeps the Pirates alive in the District 14-4A playoff race.
Blake Adams scored nine points and Victor Hawkins had eight for the Pirates (11-20, 4-5), who remain in a fourth-place tie with rival Hallsville after the Bobcats (12-18, 4-5) upset Mount Pleasant 57-56 on Friday. Pine Tree’s Robert Hines and Mason Hays combined for 11 points against Sulphur Springs.
Pine Tree and Hallsville split their district meetings with each team winning at home. Pine Tree won at the Pirate Center 50-44 on Jan. 15. Hallsville won at home 46-42 on Feb. 1.
Robert Loper Earns 800th Win in 20-Point Victory
LIBERTY CITY — Corey Warren’s 25 points led Frankston to a 61-41 win at Sabine on Friday that gave coach Robert Loper his 800th career win.
The loss dropped Sabine to 11-18 overall and 6-7 in District 18-2A. Frankston entered the night tied for first place in 18-2A with Troup.
No. 3 Tatum Rolls Behind Robbie Rockwell’s Big Night
TATUM — Robbie Rockwell knocked down a half dozen three-pointers to spearhead No. 3 Tatum’s 98-68 rout of Jefferson on Friday.
Rockwell finished with 30 points for the Eagles, who improved to 27-8 overall and 11-2 in District 17-2A, which puts them in second place. Jefferson fell to 8-5 in district.
Two 20-Point Scorers Lead Waskom to 75-60 Win vs. New Diana
WASKOM — William McKnight and Kevin Johnson combined for 42 points to lead Waskom to a 75-60 win against New Diana on Friday in District 17-2A play.
McKnight scored 22 and Johnson had 20, while Kaleb Haynes added eight points. Chan Amie and Justin Johnson scored six apiece.
The win gives Waskom (18-8) a 7-5 district mark as the Wildcats try to stay alive in the playoff race. New (15-14) fell to 6-7 in 17-2A.
Jacob Sharff + Eugene Dillard Lead Edgewood Past Alba-Golden
EDGEWOOD — Jacob Sharff led Edgewood with 19 points and seven assists in Friday’s 69-48 win against Alba-Golden in District 14-2A action.
Edgewood (21-10, 10-3), which is in first place in 14-2A, got 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds from Dillard, while Christian Davison had eight points. Daniel Sharff and Kobe Huett combined for eight points and 16 rebounds. Huett also had four assists.
Thomas Weissert’s 11 points led Alba-Golden, which fell to 2-11 in 14-2A.
No. 8 San Augustine Clinches District Title Against No. 21 West Sabine
SAN AUGUSTINE — Bobby Tanner and Jarvis Smith once again led the way for No. 8 San Augustine, which topped No. 21 West Sabine 71-68 on Friday to win the District 23-A Division I crown.
Tanner had 18 points, seven steals, six assists, and five rebounds. He hit two free throws with six seconds left to push the Wolves lead to three points.
Smith recorded another double, this time 14 points and 17 rebounds. Jeremy Jenkins also scored 14 points, while Desmond Randle had four points and eight rebounds.
The win gives San Augustine an 18-5 overall record and 9-0 mark in 23-A D-I. West Sabine fell to 20-5 overall and 7-2 in district.
Big Sandy Routs Carlisle Behind 10 Wildcats Who Scored
BIG SANDY — Isaiah Johnson led 10 Wildcats who got in the scoring column in Friday’s 71-28 Big Sandy blowout of Carlisle.
Johnson scored 22 points, while teammate Joshua Jackson added 18. Matt Easley scored 10 points and Taurus Keppard had seven.
Big Sandy improved to 22-4 overall and 9-2 in District 17-A Division I.
No. 18 Laneville Stays Alive in 25-A D-II Playoff Chase vs. No. 17 Chireno
LANEVILLE — Donta Harris and Kendrick Anderson scored 41 combined points to power No. 18 Laneville to a 61-47 win against No. 17 Chireno in Friday’s pivotal District 25-A Division II contest.
Harris scored a game-high 21 points and Anderson added 20 while each had four assists. Teammate Tralon Alexander had 11 points and nine rebounds. Harris and Anthony Roberts had four steals apiece. Ty Johnson had a game-high six blocks.
Dante Starling led Chireno with 18 points, while Chase Higginbotham had 14.
Laneville (20-10) and Chireno (21-9) are both now 7-4 in district and tied for third place, pending what No. 16 Douglass, which was in second place, did Friday. No. 6 Oakwood entered the night 15-6 overall and 8-2 in district.
Laneville and Chireno split the district series with each team winning at home.
No. 18 Tatum Beats Diboll 69-66 in Playoff Tuneup
TYLER — Kiana Turner’s 31 points led No. 18 Tatum to a 69-66 tuneup win against Class 3A Diboll on Friday at UT Tyler’s Herrington-Patriot Center.
Amee Smith added 18 points, while Sydni Centers had eight for Tatum (30-3), which plays Palestine Westwood or Woodville in the first round of the Class 2A Region III playoffs.