GRAND PRAIRIE -- Arlington Seguin, the No. 1-ranked Class 4A team in Texas, defeated defending state champion Dallas Kimball 72-63 Thursday in front of a national television audience.
The game was the first of a doubleheader at Grand Prairie High School telecast on ESPN networks as part of the GEICO High School Basketball Showcase. DeSoto beat Chicago Simeon 67-57 in the nightcap.
TCU signee Brandon Parrish finished with 24 points and Cris Boleware added 23 to lead the Cougars (12-2), who have won seven straight.
"It was a big win, but we're still not satisfied. I think we can play a lot better, but I'll take it," Seguin coach Bobby Thigpen said. "We have some pretty good momentum going into district, and we're playing pretty well."
Parrish was also tasked with guarding Kimball's Keith Frazier, a five-star prospect who scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Seguin led almost the entire game, built a 15-point lead by halftime and was up 14 after three quarters, but Frazier led the Knights (3-5) to within six with just under five minutes remaining.
North Texas signee Greg Wesley, who finished with 10 points, ended all suspense with a thunderous two-hand dunk that brought the crowd to its feet and started an 8-2 run for Seguin. The Cougars also converted nine free throws in the final period.
"That dunk was big; that was basically a game-changer," Parrish said. "I felt like after that the game was over."
Forward Kimoni Jackson chipped in with 12 points for the Cougars, who open district play Tuesday at home against Ennis.
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