Moritz Holiday Classic: Mansfield Lake Ridge, Converse Judson roll into semifinals games

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Ka’Juan Malveau’s jumper put Everman up 5-3 on Mansfield Lake Ridge just two minutes into the game.

The only problem for the Bulldogs is that those would be the last two points for almost the next 11 minutes as Lake Ridge went on to a 57-37 victory Friday night in the Moritz Dealerships Holiday Classic.

The Eagles went on a 26-0 run to open a 29-5 lead. Everman’s drought ended with 2:37 left in the first half, but Lake Ridge (12-2) responded by going on a 10-3 run to open a 39-10 lead at intermission.

“You never expect to go on a run like that, especially against a really good team like Everman,” Lake Ridge coach Donte Wilson said. “I just told the kids at the half to come out and be us and try to see if we can get better.”

Senior guard Jacob Van, an Air Force signee, paced Lake Ridge, scoring 10 of his team’s first 18 points. He finished the first half with 17 and then started the third quarter adding two more 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 23 points.

“He’s pretty solid and he doesn’t have bad days,” Wilson said. “Sometimes he might not shoot as well as others, but he’s pretty steady.”

During the 26-0 run, the Eagles had five players score and eight scorers overall in the game. Julian Harris added 11 for Lake Ridge, which advanced to a semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Mansfield.

Everman (10-3) was led by Donald Thomas, who had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter.

• Converse Judson 70, Mansfield Legacy 40: The Rockets (17-1), the state’s No. 2 Class 5A team, made four 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 11 in rolling past Mansfield Legacy to advance to the semifinal against Arlington.

Legacy (5-5) , saw the Rockets go on an early 17-1 run, sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Julian Erickson.

That trend continued in the second quarter when Judson made three more 3-pointers to open a 39-15 lead at the half.

Judson had four players reach double figures, led by Tony Allen with 16 and Tanner Leissner with 12. Legacy’s leading scorer was Darren Adams with nine

• Arlington 50, Haltom 45: The previously winless Colts picked up their second straight victory.

The Colts (2-9) got 21 points from Chris Barrett as they scored the game’s last five points. Haltom (2-9) was led by Jaelen Manning with 23 points.

• Mansfield 43, Keller Timber Creek 40: Mansfield (6-7) turned a tie game in the fourth quarter into a win as Micah Littlejohn hit two free throws to seal the victory with 1.7 seconds left.

Timber Creek (6-8), which trailed by four points, missed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions before hitting a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to cut it to 41-40.

Littlejohn led Mansfield with 14 points, and Timber Creek was led by Jon Hatcher with 13.

• Arlington 63, Aledo 56: The Colts built a 26-point lead after three quarters and then had to hold off a furious Aledo charge to hang on for a first-round victory.

The Colts (1-9) built a 29-20 halftime lead using a 12-0 run and holding Aledo (7-7) without a field goal for almost 6 minutes. The Bearcats’ only points over that stretch were four free throws by Dawson Gates.

Aledo used a 19-5 run to start the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 12 with just under 4 minutes to play. Arlington turned the ball over on consecutive trips and missed a couple of free throws in the stretch to allow the Bearcats to get as close as six.

Arlington, which hit six 3-pointers, was led by Mike Howell with 13 points. Xavier Dobbins picked up 12 and Chris Barrett added 11. Aledo got 16 points from Carl Williams and 10 from Dawson Gates.

• Haltom 56, White Settlement Brewer 51: In a game that went back and forth, it was the second quarter that proved to be the difference in Haltom’s win.

Haltom (2-8), which made 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, picked up 16 points from Andrew Stafford and 15 from Jaelen Manning.

Brewer was led by Garrick Reynolds with 16 points.

• Keller Timber Creek, 43, Hurst L.D. Bell 39: The Falcons (6-7) rallied from an eight-point deficit to win.

Trailing by one point with 2:07 to play, the Falcons forced a Bell turnover with 49 seconds left and after a timeout ran the clock down to 18 seconds, when Dare Brazeal was fouled.

He made the first free throw to tie the game at 39, but his second was off and teammate Anthony Johnson put back the miss for the 41-39 lead. Bell (8-6) then missed a 3-pointer and Timber Creek’s Devante Waldon added two final free throws.

Waldon led the Falcons with 13 points and Brazeal added 12. Bell got 12 points from Josh Bushman.

• Mansfield 63, Fort Worth Eastern Hills 56: Mansfield’s lead dwindled to 59-56, but the Tigers (5-7) prevailed agaInst the Highlanders (8-6).

The Tigers were led by Micah Littlejohn with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Eastern Hills cut the lead to 59-56 on a basket from Keithan Robison. Daniel Williams led Eastern Hills with 24 points.

• Everman 65, Lufkin 51: The Bulldogs made 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal its victory over Lufkin.

Ka’Juan Malveau scored 23 points, including 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth. Teammates Reginald Kincade and Davion Elestor added 12 points apiece. Lufkin, which made three 3-pointers in the final quarter, got 12 points from Davis Robionson.

• Converse Judson 100, Keller Central 31: Converse Judson had 11 players score as they jumped out to a 24-5 lead on Keller Central and never looked back.

The Rockets had five players hit 3-pointers as they made 14 overall. Julian Erickson led the way with 20 points and Chad Flowers added 14.

Central was led by J.R. Rodgers with 16 points.

• Mansfield Legacy 55, Burleson Centennial 39: Mansfield Legacy used 17 points from Charles Harmon, including four 3-pointers in the first half, to knock off Burleson Centennial.

The Broncos, who also got 13 points from Chris Smith, built a 29-16 lead that the Centennial couldn’t overcome.

The Spartans had eight players score, but none in double figures as the leader was Logan Dixon with 7.

• Mansfield Lake Ridge 78, Abilene 22: Every Lake Ridge player scored in the team’s opening-round victory over Abilene.

The Eagles led 22-5 after one quarter and 37-9 at halftime.

Ryan Woolrige and Isaak Rowe each had 13 points for Lake Ridge.

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