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Boys Basketball Games to Watch: Tyler Lee Looks to Hold Steady In 12-5A

Tyler Lee’s Darriun Smallwood (right) looks for an opening against John Tyler on Nov. 27 in Tyler. (Christopher Vinn,

The Tyler Lee Red Raiders are currently tied for third place in District 12-5A with a couple teams lurking not far behind. And on Friday, Lee (16-7, 3-2) plays host to one of those schools — North Mesquite (9-12, 2-3).

A win will ensure the Red Raiders remain in the driver’s seat for one of four playoffs berths from the district.

Lee, which had a bye on Tuesday, is coming off a 64-49 win over Rockwall-Heath last Friday. The Red Raiders were led by Taylor Tankersley, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

North Mesquite defeated Rockwall-Heath, 63-59, on Tuesday.

In 14-4A, the Marshall Mavericks (17-8, 1-1) look to rebound from its first district loss against Pine Tree (8-16, 1-1), which just picked up its first league win on Tuesday.

Meanwhile in 16-4A, No. 12 Jacksonville (25-0, 2-0) puts its unbeaten season on the line at Nacogdoches (12-8, 1-1), John Tyler (8-12, 2-0) is at Corsicana (19-6, 0-2) and Whitehouse (17-6, 1-1) plays host to Lindale (9-12, 0-2).

Bullard (12-12, 3-2), which enters Friday’s action tied for the last playoff spot in District 16-3A, has a big test at Spring Hill (16-8, 4-1).

Other boys basketball games Friday involving ranked teams …

Class 2A

  • New Diana at No. 2 White Oak
  • Ore City at No. 4 Tatum
  • Woden at No. 17 Palestine Westwood


Class A Division I

  • No. 3 Grapeland at Slocum
  • No. 6 Cayuga at Wortham
  • No. 8 San Augustine at Lufkin Pineywoods Academy
  • No. 11 LaPoynor at Big Sandy
  • West Sabine at No. 18 Broaddus
  • Timpson at No. 22 Tenaha


Class A Division II

  • Centerville at No. 7 Laneville
  • Chireno at No. 8 Oakwood
  • Union Hill at No. 12 Saltillo
  • No. 14 Kennard at Chester

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