Southwest boys take advantage of injury to beat South Hills

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Fort Worth Southwest rallied from an early deficit and rolled to a 63-45 victory over Fort Worth South Hills in a District 7-4A boys basketball game Tuesday at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Kyle Hickey came out on fire for South Hills (14-11, 5-7) in a game the Scorpions needed to keep pace for one of the final three playoff spots. The senior buried three consecutive 3-pointers to start the game, but South Hills collapsed after Hickey suffered an eye injury.

South Hills led 11-2 after Fred Norman finally got the Raiders on the board, but Hickey was poked in the eye bringing the ball upcourt with 4:38 left in the first quarter and never returned.

“That kid [Hickey] is the best player in the district,” said Southwest coach John Church, whose Raiders improved to 11-12, 7-5. “I was worried about how our players were going to take it, coming out flat like that. But when that second group came in, they got after it.”

Part of that second group was Kris Jones, who came in and scored a basket right away that sparked Southwest. The Raiders chipped away to trail 15-11 after one quarter.

Southwest went on a 27-2 run starting early in the second quarter and put the game out of reach. Gordan Dean’s 3-pointer with 6:17 left in the third quarter gave Southwest a 40-19 lead.

“Kris [Jones] is getting better and he just played real smart,” said Church. “He gets his blocks and scores, and he gave us a big lift tonight.”

It was a balanced effort by the Raiders, who were led by Kameron Malbrough with 17 points. Najee Adderly and Jase Brock had nine each, and Jones added eight.

Treylon Lasalle had 10 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter for South Hills, but without Hickey the Scorpions couldn’t mount a comeback.

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