Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler: New Boston, Frankston, Cayuga Get Wins + More
TYLER -- New Boston broke open a close game with a 10-5 run in the fourth quarter and held on to beat Wills Point 54-44 to kick off the fifth annual Boys Playoff Preview on Saturday at UT Tyler's Herrington-Patriot Center.
New Boston (18-5) was led by sophomore guards T.Q. Dedman and Jeff Gladney, who had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Tied 15-15 after the first quarter, the Lions outscored Wills Point 17-12 in the second quarter and led 32-27 at the half behind Gladney's six points.
Wills Point 6-foot-4 senior Micky Morris led the Tigers (26-8) with a game-high 17 points, while teammate Darryn York added 14.
Frankston Beats Brownsboro 54-42
The Frankston Indians knocked off the Brownsboro Bears, 54-42 in the second game of Saturday's Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Up 15-12 after one period, Frankston (23-8) held a 12-4 advantage in the second quarter to build a 11-point halftime lead, 27-16, thanks to eight first-half points by Corey Warren.
Brownsboro drew within one, 31-30, at the four-minute mark of the third. But the Indians finished the period on a 7-0 stretch and led 38-30 after three quarters.
Warren led all scorers with 17 points, while teammate Tye Griffin added 10 points.
Patrick McCarthy led Brownsboro (24-9) with 10 points. Davonte Givens tallied nine points.
Clarksville Rolls Past Lufkin Hudson
The Clarksville Tigers looked more than ready to defend their 2012 Class 1A state title with a resounding 92-60 win over District 20-3A champion Lufkin Hudson in the third game of the Fifth Annual Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Leading 37-30 to begin the second half, Clarksville (21-4) exploded for 28 third-quarter points with Gemack Woodberry scoring 10 of his 24 points in the third alone, and took a 65-43 advantage into the fourth. Teammate Gher'Mayne Moore poured in a game-high 25 points, while Gary Moore and Quinton Beaty combined for 20 points.
Hudson (18-12) was led by 6-foot-5 post Brent Barry's 14 points, while Daren Simmons contributed 12 points in the loss.
Kerens Dominates in 67-38 Rout of Saltillo
Kerens had little trouble dispensing Saltillo, beating the Lions 67-38 in the fourth game of the Fifth Annual Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Sophomore Nate Betts led all scorers with 25 points, including 16 of Kerens' 32 first-half points. Teammate Demetrius Sayles tallied 12 points, along with Tobyus Thomas' nine points for the Bobcats (20-7).
Saltilllo (25-8) got 10 points from Nick Boekhorst, while Cade Daniel and Clayton Jones combined for 16 points in the defeat.
Kerens led 12-8 after the first, then outscored the Lions 20-10 for a 32-18 first-half margin. The Bobcats outscored Saltillo 35-20 in the second half.
Grapeland Holds Off Hooks, 69-66
Hooks' Aaron Doddy sank two free throws with 48 seconds left to get within one of Grapeland. And that's as close as the Hornets got.
Grapeland's (29-4) William Whitehead and Patrick Walker each drained a pair of free throws down the stretch as Grapeland upended Hooks 69-66 in the fifth game of the Fifth Annual Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Trevelon Hart and Walker each had 17 points for Grapeland, while Jaques Faulk added 11. Hooks (19-11) got game-high 21 points from Jacob Hamilton, while Tanner Hamilton added 20 for the Hornets.
Down 10 after three, 59-49, Hooks staged an 13-6 run to get within one late, but Grapeland was perfect from the free-throw line in the final stanza (4-for-4).
Damiyne Durham Leads Oakwood Past Palestine Westwood
Oakwood's Damiyne Durham poured in a game-high 25 points to help the Panthers defeat Palestine Westwood 67-53 in the sixth game of the Fifth Annual Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Durham notched 18 second-half points, helping Oakwood break open a tight game. Up by three, 30-27, at the beginning of the third, Oakwood outscored Westwood 22-9 in the third quarter, including a 17-6 run, started by a Durham finger-roll layup, and capped by a Durham three-ball, as Oakwood built a 16-point lead heading into the fourth.
Oakwood's Jaquez Anderson scored 20 points, including four three-pointers, while Bryson Randle added nine. Westwood was led by Dranoel Ross and Josh Denby, who poured in 23 points and 17, respectively.
Oakwood opened the contest on a 12-2 run with Durham and Randle combining for nine points. Westwood answered with a great second quarter, finishing on a 19-8 run, and getting within three, 30-27, at the half.
Cayuga Edges Arlington High Point, 73-67
Cayuga's Wesley Rigdon's layup in transition with 3:41 gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game. Teammate Preston Anderson's three-point play with 1:02 left clinched it for Cayuga as it came back and beat Arlington High Point Preparatory Academy 73-67 in the final game of the Fifth Annual Boys Playoff Preview at UT Tyler.
Cayuga (25-6) trailed for most of the game, but exploded for 19 fourth-quarter points to pull away from High Point late. Anderson finished with a game-high 31 points, while Deon Shofner added 22. High Point was led by Chris Winfield's 23 points and Nic Thomas' 22.
High Point (26-1) jumped out to a big lead early, 23-11, after the first quarter and led 40-39 at halftime. High Point plays in the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship.