Having only a thin margin of victory over Aledo in the first half of District 7-4A play, Fort Worth Trimble Tech gave a little extra effort on the floor Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs, who secured the title last week and remain unbeaten in district play, unloaded their offense in a 64-54 win over the Bearcats at Billingsley Fieldhouse.
Trimble Tech (17-6, 12-0) awaits the fellow 7-4A schools that will accompany it to the playoffs. None of the other teams have secured a postseason berth.
“We got up to play defense tonight,” Tech forward Spencer Franklin said. “We’ve got lots of identities with this team, but we’re primarily a defensive-minded team.”
The teams exchanged blows in the first quarter before Tech went on a 21-4 second-quarter run, fueled by turnovers, transition baskets and second-chance points.
Fred Sample made the most of that opportunity, accounting for 13 points in the second quarter.
Tech had 10 points off turnovers by Aledo (12-15, 6-6) in that run and shot 12 for 30 from the floor in the first half.
“It was strong, but I still felt like we didn’t play a full 32 minutes,” Tech coach Wendell Ivory said. “That’s what happened to us in a few games this year. We got big leads like tonight, but kind of let them get back in the game late.”
D.J. McMillan led Tech with 19 points, and Sample finished with 18. Franklin dropped in 10.
Carl Williams had 20 points for Aledo, and Braxton McCoy added 14.
“That wasn’t our best game, not at all,” Aledo coach Steve Smith said. “I knew this would be a tougher game for us, but we’re still in control of what happens to us. If we can get a couple of wins here, we’re in the playoffs.”
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