TYLER -- If one thing was apparent Friday night, it's that the White Oak Roughnecks have no intention of going anywhere anytime soon.

And if they are to be denied a second consecutive state championship, the opposition better come with it.

Levi Yancy helped fuel a dominating first half that carried the defending state champions to a 71-58 victory over Chapel Hill in a boys warmup game at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.

White Oak (32-1), ranked No. 2 in Class 2A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, went on a game-changing 16-0 run that began in the first quarter and stretched into the second, erasing any thoughts of a Chapel Hill (22-9) upset.

Yancy, a 6-7 post, put up a game-high 21 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

The Roughnecks were firing from all cylinders in the first half. White Oak led 16-10 late in the opening quarter, then scored the game's next 16 points to open up a commanding 32-10 lead just two minutes into the second period.

White Oak hit six 3-pointers in the first half in building a 47-25 halftime lead.

Hayden Nichols had 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win. Skylar Sutton added 13 points, three boards and four steals, while Kris Anderson contributed 13 points, four assists and three steals.

District 16-3A champion Chapel Hill (22-9), ranked No. 21 in 3A, got as close as 11 points in the third quarter but couldn't get over the hump.

DJ Sammons led the Bulldogs with 20 points, three assists and four steals. Michael Harris chimed in with 17 points and eight rebounds.

White Oak, the champions from 17-2A, will face the winner between Elkhart and Newton next week in a Class 2A Region III area-round playoff.

Chapel Hill will get either Kaufman or Pleasant Grove in a 3A Region II area playoff next week.


East Texas Playoff Preview
At UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center

Boys Warmup Game
No. 2 White Oak 71, No. 21 Chapel Hill 58

Chapel Hill               10   15   19   14   --   58
White Oak                21   26   10   14   --   71
CHAPEL HILL--DJ Sammons, 20; Michael Harris, 17; Julius Hill, 7; Keilon Moore, 6; DD Mumphrey, 6; Keith Minor, 2.
WHITE OAK--Levi Yancy, 21; Kris Anderson, 13; Hayden Nichols, 13; Skylar Sutton, 13; Cass Carr, 6; Slade Sutton, 3; Josh Benson, 2.
RECORDS--Chapel Hill 22-9; White Oak 32-1.

Chapel Hill's DD Mumphrey brings the ball downcourt against White Oak during their warmup game Friday night in Tyler. (© Christopher R. Vinn/www.etsn.fm)