GRAPEVINE -- Just 10 days ago, Grapevine blew a large lead in a costly loss to district rival Euless Trinity.
But the Mustangs' 55-40 victory over Hurst L.D. Bell on Tuesday not only solidified a fourth-place position in District 6-5A, but also gave the Mustangs a two-game cushion for the final playoff spot.
A surge from Grapevine (16-9, 5-3 District 6-5A) and woeful shooting from Bell in the fourth quarter led to the final margin but hardly accounted for the tight game that unfolded much of the night.
Through three quarters the Blue Raiders (13-13, 3-5) rallied twice from seven points down, and the lead changed 10 times in the game.
The Mustangs, though, got hot late in the third quarter, closing out the final 1:40 with four easy layups on backdoor cuts.
It was the meat of an 18-1 run that fueled the overwhelming performance and was coupled with Bell making just one field goal over the final 9:40.
Alex Greisen had 17 points to lead Grapevine.
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