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Top Five Boys Showdown Between No. 5 Tatum + No. 2 White Oak Highlights Tuesday’s Action

White Oak’s Kris Anderson dishes off to a teammate during the Roughnecks’ 67-55 win over Cayuga on Dec. 28 at the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament. (Ray Jackson,

The most anticipated boys high school basketball game of the season so far takes place Tuesday night when District 17-2A rivals Tatum and White Oak face off in White Oak.

The Roughnecks (19-1, 3-0) are ranked No. 2 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, while Tatum (19-6, 3-0) enters the colossal matchup at No. 5.

White Oak dropped from the No. 1 spot in the poll after losing to Kountze, the new No. 1, in the championship game of the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament.

Tatum is coming off a 59-45 win over Waskom last Friday. Robbie Rockwell had a game-high 18 points for the Eagles, while Cole Hughes and Jahee Johnson each added 10.

The Roughnecks buried Elysian Fields, 88-16, last Friday. Skylar Sutton led White Oak with 18 points, while guard Kris Anderson added 15.

The two meet again on Feb. 1 in Tatum.

Another big matchup Tuesday night is a matchup of ranked teams in Class A Division II. No. 5 Laneville (15-6) plays host to No. 13 Douglass (16-5). Also in 1A, Tenaha (ranked No. 23 in Division I) takes on Roxton (No. 1 in 1A D-II) on the road.

Other big games in the area include: Hallsville at No. 12 Jacksonville in 4A and Crockett at No. 17 Palestine Westwood in 2A.

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