ARLINGTON -- Mansfield Legacy used a dominant defense to take down Mansfield Summit 42-37 Friday night at Summit High School.
Legacy (25-8, 11-2) clinched at least the No. 2 seed in District 15-4A. Summit (19-13, 9-4) clinched a playoff spot earlier in the week.
The Broncos thrived at the free throw line late, making 14 of 23 in the fourth quarter alone. A 7-2 run at the start of the quarter gave Legacy a 29-21 lead with 5:51 left in the fourth.
Summit played a full-court press for a majority of the quarter, trying to force Legacy into sloppy passes. The Broncos took care of the ball and drew fouls after beating Summit's press.
The Broncos sealed the game with two baskets while being fouled. The first was from senior forward Deon Bryant that gave Legacy a 32-26 lead with 3:17 left in the fourth.
After a 3-pointer by Summit sophomore guard Lovell Cabbil made the score 37-31, Legacy sophomore guard Derrick Hall found himself open under the rim, beating the Summit press and scoring a layup plus the foul.
Hall's ensuing free throw pushed Legacy's lead to 40-31 with 55 seconds left in the game, clinching it for Legacy.
The Broncos stifled Summit all night with a half-court, trapping zone defense. Summit scored just two points in the first quarter, a basket from sophomore forward Terrence Hubby. Legacy led 7-2 after the first quarter.
It wasn't until 3:30 remained in the second quarter before the Jaguars scored another bucket. Legacy's defense forced Summit into careless passes, which ignited the Broncos' fast break.
Junior forward Chad Pursley led Legacy with 11 points. Cabbil led Summit with nine points.
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