Fort Worth ISD Classic: Fort Worth Dunbar, Mansfield Timberview, Arlington Heights, Arlington Lamar win openers

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Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes Jr. talked last season about building character and confidence within his basketball program.

On Thursday night, Dunbar played two and a half quarters with confidence before needing a buzzer-beating layup by Dennis Jones to escape Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center with an 82-80 win over Temple.

The victory sends Dunbar (8-2), No. 4 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 4A rankings, to the semifinals of the 16th annual Fort Worth ISD Classic at 8 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson-Greines.

Dunbar faces the winner of Friday’s 12:30 p.m. game between Mansfield Timberview and Austin LBJ.

“I was disappointed in how we spent our time on the layoff,” Hughes said. “What I was talking about then was having a leader on the team that will call up other players and work on their games or something. That’s why we missed all those free throws and had all those turnovers.”

Temple (6-8) squared the game at 80-80 with 40 seconds remaining on a layup by Logan Hicks. After a Dunbar turnover, Temple had a chance to win before Zach Evans came up with a steal in the waning seconds.

Evans flipped the ball to Jones, who was breaking toward the basket and finished with a layup to thwart the comeback.

“I definitely thought that I might draw a foul, but it’s in my nature to play aggressively on defense,” Evans said. “I kind of went for the ball and he stumbled or something and it came right to me.”

Dunbar built a 17-point lead in the first half on 18-of-40 shooting before Temple, chock-full of underclassmen, roared back to life in the third quarter.

Temple shot 50 percent in the second half with five scorers in double figures, including Marquese Whitfield with 21 points.

Logan Ray led Dunbar with 19 points, Jones had 18 and Evans 16. Dunbar shot 40 percent from the floor.

• Mansfield Timberview 53, Houston Christian Life 50: Alex Robinson knocked down two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to lead the Wolves past Christian Life Academy in first-round action.

The Wolves (7-4) meet Austin LBJ at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Robinson finished with 15 points.

Timberview made 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to subdue the Cougars (17-4). Matt Martin, who scored 13 points, was 6-for-6 at the line in that final stretch and teammate Tyus Momoh was 5-for-6.

Momoh had 14 points.

Christian Life got 14 points from Kris Smith and 13 from Torrell Sutton. The Cougars play McKinney Boyd in the consolation quarterfinals at 8 a.m. Friday.

• FW Arlington Heights 70, Killeen 56: Larry Johnson scored 23 points and Andre Washington added 21 as the Yellow Jackets beat the Kangaroos.

Heights (7-4) advances to the quarterfinals to face Arlington Bowie (11-3) at 11 a.m. Friday.

Lavelle Scottie also had 15 points and Tyler Kelly added eight in the Yellow Jackets’ win.

Brian Long led three Killeen scorers in double figures with 11 points.

• Arlington Lamar 56, Mansfield Summit 55: Derrick Lagrone’s basket with 1:32 remaining proved to be the game-winner for Lamar in the opening game of the tournament.

The Summit Jaguars took their first lead of the second half at 55-54 with 1:49 to play on a Corinthian Ramsey bucket, but Lamar answered on Lagrone’s shot. Lamar’s last two possessions ended in a turnover and missed free throw on the front end of a one-and-one.

Trailing 42-37 entering the fourth quarter, Summit drew even at 42 with 6 minutes to play on a basket from Diego Sanchez. Lamar then went on a 6-0 run to open a 50-44 lead with 4:46 left.

Brandon Childs finished with a team-high 16 points for Lamar and Julius Jackson added 15. The Vikings were 9 for 18 on free-throw attempts.

Summit was led by Ramsey’s game-high 18 points, with 13 coming in the second half.

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