Southwest boys press issue, thwart Aledo comeback

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With just four games to go, Fort Worth Southwest is hunting a spot in the Class 4A playoffs. Tuesday’s 66-62 victory over Aledo at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center went a long way to doing that.

The Raiders (9-11, 6-4 District 7-4A) took the lead midway through the second quarter and held on through the Bearcats’ fourth-quarter comeback to win.

“Nothing is set yet,” Southwest coach John Church said. “But anytime you can get a win against a great shooting team like Aledo, you’ve really accomplished something.”

Strong perimeter shooting helped the Bearcats take an early lead. Forward Matt Dunn rattled in 3-pointers on Aledo’s first two possessions before Southwest’s Kameron Malbrough answered with one of his own.

Malbrough, who finished with 16 points, and Najee Adderly combined for 31 points and seven steals and pressured the Aledo backcourt relentlessly in the second and third quarters when Southwest forced nine of 15 Aledo turnovers. .

“We changed up our press just a little bit coming into this one,” Church said. “We wanted to put a lot of pressure on the ball-handler, and it worked a little better than I thought it would.”

Kris Jones gave the Raiders their first lead with 5:10 left in the first half and they led 36-30 at halftime.

Aledo (12-13, 6-4) made a run in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 53-49 on a 3-pointer by Dawson Gates with just over three minutes left, and Carl Williams, who led Aledo with 14 points, made a free throw with 1:15 left to cut the lead to 58-56, but that was as close as the Bearcats got.

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