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District 16-3A Boys Showdown Between Spring Hill + Chapel Hill Highlights Busy Basketball Friday

Chapel Hill’s Kavondre Wallace (3) brings the ball downcourt against Bullard Brook Hill during their game in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler on Dec. 28. (Christopher Vinn,

Early control of the District 16-3A boys basketball race will be on the line Friday night when No. 23 Spring Hill (14-7, 2-0) visits the Chapel Hill Bulldogs (12-7, 2-0).

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Spring Hill is coming off a 3-2 finish at the Gulf Coast Classic in Mont Belvieu, claiming the Bronze Bracket championship. Chapel Hill, meanwhile, went 3-0 at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler to take the Gold Bracket title.

The Panthers’ last district game occurred on Dec. 21, a 43-36 win over Gladewater. Before that, Spring Hill defeated Kilgore, 64-58.

Chapel Hill defeated Gilmer, 91-42, on Monday. The Bulldogs’ captured their district opener with a 68-49 victory over Henderson back in December.

Other marquee matchups across the area include state-ranked Jacksonville at Palestine and Whitehouse at Hallsville in Class 4A action.

In Class 2A, Elysian Fields travels to top-ranked White Oak, Waskom plays at No. 5 Tatum, longtime rivals Arp and Troup meet in Arp and Garrison travels to 23rd-ranked Crockett.

There are a bevy of prime matchups in the state’s lowest classification. Chief among them is battle between La Poynor (No. 6 in 1A D-I) and Martin’s Mill. Others featured games include: Rusk at No. 4 Grapeland, Canton at seventh-ranked Cayuga, Lovelady at No. 19 Broaddus, Centerville at Douglass (No. 2 in 1A D-II), No. 7 Laneville at Apple Springs and No. 24 Chireno at Kennard.

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