Everman guards cook up formula to beat Centennial

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The Everman backcourt set the pace Friday in the Bulldogs’ 64-57 victory at Burleson Centennial in a battle of unbeaten District 8-4A foes.

Everman’s K.J. Malveau led all scorers with 27 points, while point guard Reggie Kincade added 16 in a game that saw the lead change hands 10 times.

“I’ve been ballin’ with Reggie since junior high,” Malveau said. “We’ve just got that chemistry, and when he gets gets going, it’s on. It’s a statement year for us.”

Both teams shot out of the gates. Centennial forward Eli Carroll hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Spartans a 19-17 lead, but on the final possession of the quarter, Kincade drove through the middle of the lane and hit an off-balance floater at the buzzer to tie the score.

That’s just the type of game it was going to be.

It was Malveau who hit a leaner on the final possession of the second quarter to give Everman (15-3, 5-0) a 33-28 lead at the break. But Centennial (13-6, 4-1) battled back in the third.

The Spartans took what would be their final lead of the game midway through the quarter when guard Preston Vasser drove through the Bulldogs’ defense to put Centennial back up 38-37. But Everman’s backcourt keyed a 15-6 run, which stretched early into the fourth.

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Kincade drove down the middle of the lane to give Everman a 44-38 advantage, and Malveau shook his defender to get free for a jumper with 6:45 left in the game to put the Bulldogs up 51-44.

Vasser led Centennial with 17 points, and guard Logan Dixon added 13.

“There was a point there in the third where K.J. Malveau just took over. He’s a really good player,” Centennial coach Jeff Carroll said. “And they’re the Everman Bulldogs for a reason. They’ll get after you defensively.”

“We’re just happy to escape here with a win,” Everman coach Jay Mathieson said.

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