Arlington Martin puts away Fort Worth Paschal late

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Arlington Martin and Fort Worth Paschal went back and forth for most of the game, but an 11-2 Warriors’ run to end the third quarter and start the fourth was the difference in Martin’s 57-44 District 3-5A victory Friday night.

Before that spurt, Paschal had answered every challenge to stay in the game. The Panthers rallied from a five-point deficit to tie the game at 15 at the end of the first quarter. They rallied from five down in the second quarter to tie it at 22 on a 3-pointer by Arman Garrett and trailed by three at the half.

“We came out of the locker room and got off to a good start and our defense gave us some good looks,” Martin coach Jeff Plemons said. “We got a couple of easy transition baskets, and I told them we need to make sure the lead grows to 12, 14 and so on and not let them back in the game.”

But Martin (10-6, 3-0 in 3-5A) made sure there wouldn’t be an answer once the fourth quarter started. Senior Nick Babb scored and was fouled for a three-point play, and Josh Swearingin scored the next six points to open a 49-37 lead.

Paschal (11-6, 1-2) committed seven turnovers in the final quarter and made only 11 of 36 shots in the final three quarters.

“We really are an experienced team and coming down the stretch you want the ball in Nick’s hands — he is a three-year starter,” Plemons said. “We either want him shooting or distributing the ball.”

Martin was led by Babb with 15 points and Swearingin added 12. Andrew Dotson chipped in 11. Paschal was led by Dylan Thomas with 10 and Tyrik Price with nine.

Martin opened a 34-27 lead, but Paschal rallied and Patrick Studey’s 3-pointer cut the Warrors’ lead to 36-33 with 2:12 left in the third. From there Martin went on its game-clinching run.

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