Only the strong survive to reach regional basketball tournaments

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It’s not just playoff basketball that will be on display Friday, when the Class 4A Region II basketball tournament tips at Cullwell Center in Garland, but more a celebration of tradition-rich programs.

Among the four teams, Dallas Kimball, Mansfield Summit, Lancaster and Dallas South Oak Cliff, three have reached the state tournament a total of 26 times since 1960. While other regionals are not quite as celebrated, a tradition of success goes without saying.

At the 4A Region I event in Snyder, Amarillo is going for its sixth trip to Austin in hopes of adding another title to the one the Sandies won in 1986. And Crowley is trying to return to Austin for the first time since 1999, the only time the Eagles took home a state championship.

The competition is also tough in Class 5A and 3A.

Class 5A Region I semifinals

at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Lubbock Coronado (25-6) vs. DeSoto (29-3), 6 p.m. Friday

Arlington Bowie (27-5) vs. Hebron (26-7), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Final: noon Saturday

Bowie, the District 3-5A runner-up, is the only 3-5A team to get past the first round. Coronado is the 2-5A second-place team, with a Tuesday overtime upset of 4-5A champion Keller. DeSoto and Hebron make their semifinal appearances as district champions. Of the semifinalists only DeSoto has reached the state tournament, with three appearances and two state titles. The last time was a 2009 state title run. Bowie’s David Chadlovich and Brandon Hall enter the regional tournament averaging 17.6 and 14.3 points in the postseason.

Class 4A Region I semifinals

at The Coliseum, Snyder

Amarillo (25-5) vs. Trimble Tech (26-6), 4 p.m. Friday

El Paso Andress (30-2) vs. Crowley (19-11), 6 p.m. Friday

Final: 2 p.m. Saturday

Crowley is one of the hottest teams entering the Region I tournament. The Eagles rallied from a 1-4 start in district to finish third. Crowley has its work cut out with Andress, which lost two games to Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside and Fort Worth Paschal this season. Still, Crowley averages 61.9 points per game and Daneaz Moses is averaging 13.5 points. Markus Jones compliments that with 11.8 points per game and five other players average above five points. Trimble Tech has continued to steam-roll and takes a 16-game winning streak into its matchup with Amarillo. Five Tech players have scored in double figures in at least one postseason game.

Class 4A Region II semifinals

at Curtis Cullwell Center, Garland

Dallas South Oak Cliff (27-6) vs. Lancaster (29-4), 6 p.m. Friday

Dallas Kimball (22-7) vs. Mansfield Summit (21-11), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Final: 1 p.m. Saturday

Summit reached the final of the Class 5A Region II tournament in 2007, losing to eventual state champion Duncanville. Summit’s other trip to regionals was in 2004, but the Jags have never reached the state tournament. Kimball is looking for a third state title in four years, as well as its fourth straight trip to the state tournament. The Knights have won five state titles since 1985. SOC is working on its reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2008, also the last time it won the 4A state title. The Golden Bears have won four state titles overall. Lancaster has been to the state tournament four times, but has never won the title.

Class 3A Region I semifinals

at United Spirit Arena, Lubbock

Abilene Wylie (28-3) vs. Stephenville (14-14), 7 p.m. Friday

Shallowater (32-4) vs. Kennedale (36-0), 8:30 p.m. Friday

Final: 7 p.m. Saturday

With Kennedale guard Ty Charles on crutches during the second half of Kennedale’s win over Burkburnett, the big question is will he see action this weekend. The SFA signee averages 14.2 points and eight rebounds per game. Guard Andre Jackson averages 19.8 points per game and VJ Hughes also averages 14.6. Stephenville is seeking its first state tournament appearance since 1925.

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1. Cedar Hill 17-2 -
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4. Richland 13-3 -
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