Tyler Lee Rallies By Whitehouse to Reach Wagstaff Diamond Bracket Final
TYLER -- One night after overcoming a 20-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun Marshall, the Whitehouse Wildcats experienced a similar fate.
Tyler Lee rallied from down nine points in the fourth Thursday to earn a thrilling 50-49 comeback win over Whitehouse in a Diamond Bracket semifinal at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on the campus of Tyler Junior College.
The Red Raiders will face Shreveport (La.) Evangel at 8:30 p.m. Friday for the championship.
Whitehouse entered the fourth quarter with a 41-32 lead, but Lee slowly chipped away at the deficit. Kirby Mabry tied the game, 47-47, with a pair of three throws with 1:08 remaining before his go-ahead layup with 10 seconds to play.
The Wildcats had a chance to either tie or go in front with 1.6 seconds to play, but missed two foul shots, to cap a miserable 14-of-26 night from the free-throw line.
Mabry led the way for the Red Raiders with a double-double, scoring 18 points (11 in the fourth quarter) to go along with 12 rebounds. Mike Donnell added 13 points, five boards, and three steals, while Jalen Smith chipped in with 11 points, two rebounds, and a pair of steals.
Whitehouse seized control of the game with a 15-1 run to close the second quarter, giving the Wildcats a 29-21 halftime lead. Whitehouse then pushed the lead to nine points with a 5-0 spurt to end the third.
Lee wasted little time to begin its comeback as the Red Raiders scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, trimming the Whitehouse lead to 41-39 less than two minutes into the period.
Whitehouse built a 47-43 lead midway through the fourth thanks to a pair of buckets from Jackson Mahomes.
The contest's next field goal did not occur until Mabry's game-winner in the final seconds, but Lee was able to surge into the lead by knocking down 5 of 8 free-throw attempts.
Javier Neal scored 14 points and added six rebounds and three steals to lead Whitehouse. Colby Duhon added 14 points and two assists, while Mahomes registered his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Whitehouse will complete play at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic against Fort Worth Brewer at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Evangel Grinds Out Win Over Brewer
The Shreveport Evangel Eagles took advantage of a couple woeful shooting periods from Fort Worth Brewer, grabbing a 38-28 win Thursday to reach the Diamond Bracket championship game.
Brewer combined for just one field goal and four points in the first and third quarters, while Evangel managed a total of 22 points.
The Eagles' 16-2 advantage in the third sent Evangel into the final period with a commanding 32-20 lead after it trailed by two points at halftime.
Izavier West led Evangel with 11 points, while Jai'Michael Randle added 10 points and three rebounds. Micah Baskerville contributed eight points, eight boards, and two steals to the Eagles' win.
Brewer got six points apiece from Pedro Castro (seven rebounds, five blocks), Cortland Blake, and David Woosley.
Marshall's Hot Shooting Too Much For Lindale
The Marshall Mavericks knocked down nine 3-pointers and built up an 19-point lead at halftime in their 63-43 rout of Lindale in a battle of 0-1 teams at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic.
Carrington Love drained four shots from distance and finished with a team-high 19 points to go with two rebounds and two steals. Allen Medlock connected on a trio of 3's, and scored 18 points with six boards and two steals.
Dillon Heinaman led Lindale in the losing effort with 19 points (17 in the second half) to go with five rebounds and two steals.
Both teams finish tournament play Friday. Marshall meets Jacksonville at 3 p.m., while Lindale takes on Crowley at 1:30 p.m.
Wagstaff Holiday Classic
At Tyler Junior College
Tyler Lee 50, Whitehouse 49
Whitehouse 9 20 12 8 — 49
Lee 9 12 11 18 — 50
WHITEHOUSE — Javier Neal, 14; Colby Duhon, 14; Jackson Mahomes, 12; McKade Marquis, 4; Kaleb Ford-Dement, 3; Zach Parker, 2.
LEE — Kirby Mabry, 18; Mike Donnell, 13; Jalen Smith, 11; Chance Amie, 4; Keashun Davis, 3; Isaiah Davison, 1.
THREE-POINT GOALS — Whitehouse: Duhon (2), Marquis. Lee: Donnell (2), Smith (2).
Shreveport Evangel 38, Fort Worth Brewer 28
Evangel 6 10 16 6 — 38
Brewer 2 16 2 8 — 28
EVANGEL — Izavier West, 11; Jai’Michael Randle, 10; Micah Baskerville, 8; Malik Cooper, 4; Jacob Jennings, 2; Davin Cotton, 2; Tamague Sloan, 1.
BREWER — Cortland Blake, 6; Pedro Castro, 6; David Woosley, 6; Isiah Myers, 5; Aaron Lelek, 3; Jahrad Taylor, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS — Evangel: West (2). Brewer: Lelek, Myers.
Marshall 63, Lindale 43
Lindale 6 5 10 22 — 43
Marshall 16 14 14 19 — 63
LINDALE — Dillon Heinaman, 19; Joe Noble, 7; Teigan Edwards, 6; Colton Brown, 4; Connery Churchill, 4; Blane Repinske, 3.
MARSHALL — Carrington Love, 19; Allen Medlock, 18; Kris Dunn, 6; Corteze Hurd, 5; Davante Carlisle, 3; Salah Smith, 3; Ben Tackett, 3; Marcus Jones, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS — Lindale: Heinaman (2), Repinske. Marshall: Love (4), Medlock (3), Carlisle, Tackett.