Boys Basketball Roundup: Pine Tree’s Playoff Hopes Still Alive + No. 3 Tatum Routs Ore City
MOUNT PLEASANT — Pine Tree fell 51-36 at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, but the Pirates’ postseason hopes remain alive.
Pine Tree (11-20, 4-6) will play rival Hallsville later this week at a site and time to be determined to decide District 14-4A’s No. 4 seed. Hallsville (12-19, 4-6) lost at Texas High on Tuesday to give the Pirates and Bobcats identical district records. The teams split their regular-season meetings.
Jonathan Johnson led Mount Pleasant (22-11, 6-4) with 14 points against Pine Tree, while Montravious James added nine points. Mount Pleasant has already secured a playoff spot.
Caleb Chumley’s 11 points led Pine Tree, which got 10 points from Victor Hawkins and six from Robert Hines.
Kilgore Clinches Playoff Spot with Win Over Gilmer
KILGORE — Kilgore clinched a playoff spot thanks to Tuesday night’s 55-36 win against Gilmer.
Clery Delmas led Kilgore with 16 points, while Trey Conrod and Xaviar Gaona added 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
Kilgore finished the regular season tied with Spring Hill for second place in District 16-3A. Information on a tiebreaker is to be determined.
Clay Lattier Leads Spring Hill Past Bullard
BULLARD — Clay Lattier had 24 points and eight rebounds to spearhead Spring Hill in a 50-30 victory at Bullard on Tuesday.
Adam Lattier added seven points and nine rebounds, while Kendon Womack scored eight points and four steals. Matt Williams had six assists for Spring Hill, which improved to 21-10 overall and 9-3 in District 16-3A.
No. 2 White Oak Cruises Behind Kris Anderson’s Big Night
DIANA — Point guard Kris Anderson had 20 points, six assists, and six steals to lead second-ranked White Oak to an 87-55 win at New Diana on Tuesday.
White Oak (30-1, 14-0), the defending Class 2A state champion, got 16 points from Slade Sutton and a double-double from Levi Yancy, who had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Hayden Nichols added 14 points and eight rebounds.
White Oak’s Skylar Sutton and Tanner Sharp scored seven points and six points, respectively.
No. 3 Tatum Crushes Ore City in 89-Point Win
TATUM — Javolick Garrett scored 27 points to lead third-ranked Tatum to a 110-21 demolition of Ore City on Tuesday.
Donovan Centers added 19 points for the Eagles (28-8, 12-2), who got 18 points from sharp-shooting Robbie Rockwell.
No. 17 Laneville Routs Groveton Centerville, 78-34
GROVETON — Tralon Alexander’s 23 points and 10 rebounds led No. 17 Laneville to a 78-34 blowout at Groveton Centerville on Tuesday.
Donta Harris added 15 points and three assists for Laneville (21-10, 8-4), which got 11 points from Ty Johnson, plus nine points and three assists from Rico Pereles. Tiarel Franklin scored eight points and Kendrick Anderson netted seven.
Laneville is tied for third place in District 25-A Division II with No. 20 Chireno, which upset No. 8 Oakwood 81-74 on Tuesday night. Oakwood and No. 11 Douglass are tied for first in 25-A D-II.
Four Score in Double Figures as No. 11 LaPoynor Tops Big Sandy
LaRUE — Deon Johnson, Octavious Crear, Ashton Abendroth, and James Jackson reached double figures to lead No. 11 LaPoynor to an 85-69 victory against Big Sandy on Tuesday.
Johnson led LaPoynor (25-5) with 22 points (five three-pointers), eight rebounds, and six assists, while Crear scored 21 points and dished out five assists. Abendroth had 18 points (four three-pointers) and six rebounds. Jackson added 13 points and 15 boards. Mason Motal had six points and six rebounds.
Big Sandy’s Joshua Jackson scored a game-high 36 points, including five three-pointers, while teammate Isaiah Johnson added 25 points.
No. 8 San Augustine Survives Shooting Rut to Beat Broaddus
SAN AUGUSTINE — Eighth-ranked San Augustine beat Broaddus 41-36 on Monday despite shooting less than 20 percent.
JaCourtney Thomas scored nine points, while Jarvis Smith grabbed 10 rebounds. Bobby Tanner and Jeremy Jenkins scored six points apiece.
San Augustine (19-5, 10-0) likely plays Winnie East Chambers in a warmup game later this week, according to the Wolves coaching staff.
Second + Third Quarters Lift Tyler Grace Past Dallas Shelton
TYLER — Tyler Grace outscored Dallas Shelton 33-20 in the second and third quarters to win 57-45 on Tuesday night.
Trevor Gunter led Grace (13-13) with 18 points and five rebounds, while Verlo Levels had 14 points and eight rebounds. Phillip McKinney had six points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Andrew Melhart hit 3 of 7 three-point attempts and scored 13 points.
Grace plays Carrollton Prince of Peace at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Whitehouse in the district tournament.
NOTE: Longview plays Mesquite Horn at 7 p.m. Friday at Tyler Lee’s Lee Varsity Gym to decide which team represents District 12-5A as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Mesquite clinched the top seed last week.