Tyler All Saints Down Bullard Brook Hill, 52-35
BULLARD -- Levi McCasland stepped to the free throw line.
With less than a minute remaining, foul shots typically come with tremendous weight. That was not the case here. With Tyler All Saints already in commanding control, McCasland's foul shots could simply add to the lead.
He drained both for his final points of the evening in the Trojans' 52-35 victory against Bullard Brook Hill on Friday.
"Coach (Jacob) Agnew has been in the district the longest," Trojan coach Brian Jones said. "The other three teams -- All Saints, Grace and T.K. Gorman -- got new coaches, including me. He's experienced with all of these teams. He's watched each one of these teams' middle schools grow up. He was gonna come out and battle hard."
The game was fast-paced from the start. Brook Hill (15-7, 2-1 TAPPS 5A District 3) committed a few early turnovers to allow All Saints some easy transition baskets. The Trojans still needed to score the final seven points in the second quarter to enter halftime with a 25-16 advantage.
The Trojans (22-4, 3-0) also scored first in the second half on a bucket from McCasland. They then got a 3-pointer from Harrison Kirkpatrick and the rout was on.
McCasland led the Trojans with 16 points, nine rebounds and also had a pair of assists and steals. He was complemented by teammate Scottie Turner, who scored 15 points and also had a steal and a block.
McCasland, though capable of scoring at the rim, also scored on a variety of jump shots, including a couple of 3-pointers. Turner scored most of his points by driving to the rim, including a ferocious transition dunk with just more than a minute remaining.
Jones said their styles work well together, especially on Friday.
"If one does something great, the other does something else good," he said. "When you put it all together, it's one string of just good basketball by both of those guys. They've been playing together a while and their chemistry is really good. We just try to harness it when we can but let them loose when we need to."
The win was a big for the Trojans, putting them in first place in the district. They will next face East Texas Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home. Brook Hill will get a chance to rebound from the loss when it hosts Tyler HEAT at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
For now, All Saints will bask in the glory of first place and a win against a fellow top 10 opponent. The Trojans were ranked No. 3 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, while Brook Hill ranked No. 8.
Still, Jones said he won't allow his team to lose sight of its main goal of taking district.
"It's a big deal," Jones said. "You take control of the district right now. If tomorrow never came, we would be 3-0 in district and they would be 2-1. It's a big win, but we still concentrate on what we try to do because (Agnew is) going to go home, try to dissect it and do everything he can to put himself in a good situation at the end of the season."