It was a weird week of practice for Fort Worth Eastern Hills and guard Terrell Harrison.
Having finished their District 6-4A slate last Friday and sitting a half-game back of Fort Worth Polytechnic, Harrison and the Higlanders didn’t know until late Wednesday if they would even have a chance at the playoffs.
Poly ended up losing its final district game and Harrison made the most of Friday’s play-in opportunity, scoring 15 critical points in a 45-40 win over Polytechnic at Billingsley Field House.
The win vaults Eastern Hills (15-12) into a 7 p.m. matchup Tuesday with Trophy Club Nelson in the Class 4A bi-district round of the playoffs at Keller Fossil Ridge.
“Haven’t been through a week like that,” Harrison said. “Believing was one thing, we believed, but we just didn’t know for sure. We didn’t make it easy on ourselves either, the way we started.”
Poly’s loss to Boswell on Wednesday, a game previously scheduled for Tuesday, helped further Eastern Hills’ anxiety and then ultimately Friday’s dramatics.
They started off with a thud, though, as both teams struggled from the perimeter. Poly (12-14) and the Highlanders combined to shoot 11 of 45 from the floor in the first half.
Eastern Hills was 5 of 25 in the first half before the offense started to click.
A follow-up basket by Noah Scott gave the Highlanders their first lead at 21-19 with 4:38 remaining in the third uarter.
That basket was in the middle of an 11-3 run that helped Eastern Hills to as much as a 10-point lead.
“In something like this, I think you just have to believe in your teammates and believe we can get it done,” Scott said. “You know they were fighting too, so it wasn’t a surprise that they came back.”
Keithan Robinson had 10 points to compliment Harrison's effort.
Miguel Morales had 13 points and Jordan Cooper had 10 for Poly.
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