UCLA commit Grant Sherfield and fellow juniors Isaiah Crawford and Isaiah Wyatt did all they could to keep North Crowley's season alive Friday.
In the end though, Allen's suffocating on-ball defense and marksman-like shooting from the outside was just too much for the Panthers to overcome. Sherfield had 27 points, including 17 in a first half North Crowley won 37-32. But the Eagles outscored Tommy Brakel's bunch 23-12 in the third quarter to help win their 6A Region I semifinal 73-67 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Allen, who got a terrific defensive performance from Donovan Parham in the second half on Sherfield, will face either Denton Guyer or Odessa Permian at 1 p.m. Saturday with a trip to the UIL state tournament on the line.
Allen was hot from downtown all game, hitting five straight 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 25-16 lead after eight minutes.
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Sherfield caught fire in the second quarter, scoring six straight midway through to pull North Crowley to within one at 28-27.
Abil Hayes nailed a 3-pointer with 3 minutes left before half to give NC a 30-28 lead. Sherfield ended the half by knocking down a fadeaway triple as time expired.
The Panthers went cold in the third though, and Allen capitalized. The turning point in the game came in a 20-second span when the Eagles converted a three-point play, stole the in-bounds for a layup and turned a missed North Crowley dunk into a fastbreak layup by Korey Jones for a 48-47 lead.
Allen ended the quarter leading 55-49 and started the fourth quarter with consecutive treys to give them the cushion needed for the victory.
Justin Northwest 57, Canyon Randall 46
The Texans are one win away from repeating what they accomplished last season after winning a Class 5A Region I semifinal game on Friday at Western Texas College in Snyder.
Northwest, ranked No. 2 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, led 19-8 after the first quarter and never fazed, and headed to the regional final vs. Amarillo, 2 p.m. Saturday.
Coach Mike Hatch and the Texans (32-5) kept a comfortable lead at the break, 31-22.
Randall (21-14) had cut the Northwest lead to four points with 2:03 left in the first half before the Texans went to the lockers up nine.
Northwest got up double digits after three and Randall got within 51-46 with 1:23 remaining.
Junior Avery Anderson led the Texans with 16 points. Sophomore Julien Smith added 15 and senior Mason Hix, who’s signed with UT-Arlington, scored 11 points. Junior Sammie Freeman recorded nine.
Amarillo 51, Fort Worth Wyatt 32
The Wyatt Chaparrals led a defensive first half and went into the break ahead 14-10.
But the Sandies used a 41-18 margin in the second half to advance to one game within the state tournament.
Amarillo (30-6) will play Northwest in Snyder on Saturday for the right to represent 5A Region I at the Alamdome in San Antonio next week.
The Sandies scored 22 points in the third quarter to take a 32-22 lead into the fourth.
Wyatt (22-12), which won the District 7-5A title this season, beat Wichita Falls Rider in the regional quarterfinals.
It was the program’s first trip to the regional tourney since 2008.
Class 4A Region I: Seminole 60, Midlothian Heritage 57
Class 3A Region I: Brock 41, Shallowater 39
Girls Class 4A: Lake Country Christian 44, Lubbock Christian 41 OT
The Eagles are one win away from a sixth TAPPS state title in program history after winning a 4A semifinal game at Waco University High School on Friday.
Lake Country (33-8), ranked No. 1 in the state, will play Austin Brentwood Christian (32-11) at 11 a.m. Saturday at West High School.
Lubbock Christian led 15-8 after the first quarter and 21-14 at halftime.
Lake Country rallied with a 23-8 margin in the third.
Lubbock Christian forced overtime after holding Lake Country to just two points in the fourth.
The Eagles are in their 11th TAPPS Final Four and ninth since 2003. They’re looking for their first state title since winning 3A in 2016.