Decisive fourth quarter carries Crowley boys past Southwest

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Crowley outscored Fort Worth Southwest 24-5 in the fourth quarter to break open a tight contest and coast to a 63-48 win in the Class 4A Region I bi-district game Tuesday at the Legacy High School gymnasium.

The Eagles (17-11) advance to the area round against Fort Worth Dunbar. Southwest ends its season at 13-13.

Crowley senior guard Daneaz Moses combined with backcourt mate Byron Cooke to overwhelm Southwest at both ends of the court in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Moses finished with 22 points with eight of those coming in the pivotal fourth quarter. He also delivered two critical steals late to take the Raiders out of their offense.

Cooke added six points and frustrated the Southwest defense with a game of keep-away late when the Eagles were spreading the floor and protecting their lead.

The game was projected to be a close matchup of two similar teams and that held true through three and a third quarters. With just over four minutes remaining, Crowley was hanging on to a 48-44 lead.

The Eagles threatened several times to stretch five- and seven-point leads in the first half and third quarter, but Southwest always seemed to have an answer.

That changed in the final four minutes as the Eagles’ defense took over and the Raiders never got close to scoring another basket.

Fred Norman led a balanced Raiders scoring attack with 11 points. Najee Adderly added 10 points.

Southwest hit only two fourth-quarter shots from the field. Norman had some near-misses and Adderly had a follow-in for his only fourth-quarter basket.

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