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Boys Basketball Roundup: Jacksonville Remains Unbeaten, Short-Handed John Tyler Falls + More

Liberty’s Eylau’s Rashaan Donelson (1) carries the ball upcourt during the Leopards’ 78-34 win over Pittsburg on Friday night in District 13-3A action. The Leopards jumped out to a 22-2 first-quarter lead. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

NACOGDOCHES — Raybon Riden scored 13 points and Daytron Thompson added 11 in No. 12 Jacksonville’s 53-37 win over Nacogdoches, keeping the Indians unbeaten on the season.

Jacksonville improved to 26-0 and 3-0 in District 16-4A.

D’Ante Riggins led Nacogdoches (12-9, 1-2) with 11 points.

Jacksonville is back in action Tuesday at home against John Tyler, while Nacogdoches plays host to Whitehouse.

Corsicana Hands Short-Handed John Tyler First District Loss

CORSICANA — The Corsicana Tigers earned their first District 14-4A win of the season by defeating John Tyler, 60-46, on Friday night.

Corsicana, which was led by Dzifa Mallet’s 22 points, improved to 20-6 overall and 1-2 in district.

John Tyler (8-13, 2-1) was playing without starters Tyus Bowser, Darion Flowers, Fred Ross and Greg Ward, who were all on football recruiting visits.

Keaunte Humber led JT with 12 points, while Isaac Warren finished with 11.

Marshall Rolls Past Pine Tree

MARSHALL — Garen Jernigan scored 14 points to lead the Marshall Mavericks past Pine Tree, 66-44, Friday in District 14-4A action.

Jay McKnight had 12 points and Tiandre Jackson added 11 for Marshall (18-8, 2-1).

Robert Hines led Pine Tree (8-17, 1-2) with 19 points. Mason Hays chimed in with 10.

Marshall’s season continues Tuesday at Texas High, while Pine Tree travels to Sulphur Springs.

Hallsville Captures First District Win

HALLSVILLE — The Hallsville Bobcats rolled to a 66-46 win over Sulphur Springs on Friday for their first District 14-4A win of the season.

Nolan Faires led Hallsville (9-15, 1-2) with 19 points, while Cody Blankenship added 12 in the defeat of Sulphur Springs (6-20, 0-3).

Hallsville is back in action Tuesday at Mount Pleasant, while Sulphur Springs shoots for its first district win at home against Pine Tree.

No. 21 Fairfield Too Much For Palestine

FAIRFIELD — The 21st-ranked Fairfield Eagles scored a 58-46 win over Palestine on Friday in District 19-3A action.

Gee Clark led Palestine (8-14, 1-2) with 11 points, while Ben Luckett added 10.

Palestine’s season resumes next Friday at Rusk.

Edgewood Grinds Out 32-28 Win Over Lone Oak

EDGEWOOD — The Edgewood Bulldogs earned a defensive-minded victory, 32-28, over Lone Oak on Friday in District 14-2A action.

Jacob Sharff led Edgewood (17-8, 6-1) with 13 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Sawyer Zachary paced Lone Oak (4-3 in district) with 10 points.

Edgewood is back in action in Tuesday at Como-Pickton.

William McKnight Lights It Up In Waskom Victory

WASKOM — William Knight hit six 3-pointers and finished with 31 points in leading Waskom to a 79-60 win over Union Grove on Friday in District 17-2A action.

Raymond Purvis added 14 points for Waskom, which improved to 14-6 overall and 3-3 in district.

Garrett Gipson led Union Grove (14-9, 2-5) with 24 points, while Tristan Thompson had 10.

Waskom returns to the court Tuesday at Elysian Fields. Union Grove, meanwhile, plays host to No. 2 White Oak.

No. 17 Palestine Westwood Rolls Past Woden

PALESTINE — Dra Ross scored 19 points in 17th-ranked Palestine Westwood’s 61-33 rout of Woden on Friday in District 19-2A action.

L.J. Hutchison and Chris Thompson added 12 points apiece for Westwood (16-8, 6-0).

Woden dropped to 3-3 in district.

Westwoods returns to action Tuesday at Groveton, while Woden meets Groveton at home next Friday.

LaPoynor Rolls to Big Win Over Big Sandy

BIG SANDY — Deon Johnson scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds to lead No. 11 LaPoynor past Big Sandy, 73-53, Friday in District 17-A Division I action.

Mason Metal had 12 points, Octavious Crear registered 11 points and seven assists and Wade Lang chipped in with 10 points for the Flyers (19-5, 5-1).

The loss dropped Big Sandy to 17-4 and 5-2 in district.

LaPoynor hosts Overton on Tuesday, while Big Sandy is at Overton next Friday.

No. 8 San Augustine Continues to Roll

LUFKIN — The eighth-ranked San Augustine Wolves eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second consecutive game in their 109-12 trouncing of Lufkin Pineywoods Academy on Friday.

Desmond Randle led San Augustine (12-5, 3-0 in District 23-A Division I), which had six players in double figures, with 19 points. Jeremy Jenkins added 10 points and 10 assists in the win.

Ty’Aundra Taylor and Zhikavan Wilson each had 14 points, while Courtney Thomas and JaMikel Roberts had 13.

San Augustine led 37-2 after the first quarter and 66-4 at halftime, and its starters played just 10 minutes apiece.

The Wolves are at West Sabine on Tuesday, while Lufkin Pineywoods plays host to Zavalla.

Seventh-Ranked Laneville Rebounds With Big WIn

LANEVILLE — Donta Harris had 20 points to lead No. 7 Laneville to a 84-25 rout of Centerville on in District 25-A Division II action Friday, three days after suffering a loss to unranked Chireno.

Aaron Bush added 15 points, while Ty Johnson and Tralon Alexander combined for 22 points for Laneville (16-8, 4-2).

Laneville returns the hardwood next Friday at No. 8 Oakwood.

Tyler Grace Edges Rival Tyler All Saints, 53-51

TYLER — Verlo Levels had 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks to help Tyler Grace outlast crosstown rival Tyler All Saints, 53-51, Friday in TAPPS District 2-4A competition.

Andrew Melhart added 11 points for the Cougars (11-10, 2-2).

The loss dropped All Saints to 19-10 overall and 1-2 in district.

Grace is back in action Tuesday at Dallas Parish Episcopal, while All Saints faces Carrollton Prince of Peace at home.

Other boys basketball scores from Friday …

  • White Oak 95, New Diana 42
  • Jefferson 70, Elysian Fields 45
  • Quitman 46, Como-Pickton 45
  • Gladewater 48, Henderson 36
  • Bloomburg 66, Karnack 44
  • Hughes Springs 65, Linden-Kildare 50
  • Paul Pewitt 35, Redwater 33
  • Troup 67, Sabine 56
  • Tatum 85, Ore City 21
  • Liberty-Eylau 78, Pittsburg 34

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