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Defense helps Birdville overpower Polytechnic, stay atop 6-4A

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Birdville maintained its position atop the District 6-4A standings with a 65-44 victory over Fort Worth Polytechnic on Tuesday at Billingsley Fieldhouse.

The Hawks (16-8, 13-1 in 6-4A) holds its share of the lead in the district with Fort Worth Dunbar, an 80-71 winner over Saginaw late Tuesday at Billingsley.

If both Birdville and Dunbar win Friday, a showdown for the district title would take place Tuesday at Birdville.

“That second half was a clinic,” Birdville coach Jeff Fitch said. “We did everything we wanted to do and then some. It’s a great feeling to be playing this well, and hopefully we can take care of business Friday and be able to play in something like a potential district title game.”

What is certain is Birdville is in the playoffs again and can finish no worse than third place in district.

The Hawks overcame an early onslaught by Polytechnic, erasing an 11-5 deficit with a 15-5 run to take control. That led to a stifling defensive performance.

Polytechnic (12-12, 9-6) never got close again.

Kendall Johnson led Birdville with 21 points and Jeremy Crane had 16.

“It seems like every game, I’m talking about a different player that stepped up for a big game,” Fitch said. “Jeremy Crane played the best defensive game he’s played all season.”

Jashun Petite scored 15 points for Poly and Jordan Cooper had 10.

Birdville was 26 for 60 from the field while holding Polytechnic to 32.5 percent shooting.

“As far as thinking about the playoffs, the schedule really worked out for us late in the year, because all three of these final teams are playing very well,” Fitch said. “We’re fortunate to play as well as we did against Poly, Boswell is playing really well and obviously Dunbar is as well.”

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