To have a basketball game featuring two top-five national recruits is rare.
How about a game featuring two top-five national recruits, both playing the same position, both named Myles and both having played defensive end in football at some point in their lives?
As MasterCard would say — priceless.
On Friday, ESPN’s No. 2 basketball recruit, Myles Turner, and his Euless Trinity Trojans squeaked out a 62-60 win over ESPN’s No. 5 football recruit, Myles Garrett, and his Arlington Martin Warriors in the Orange Consolation Bracket of the Whataburger Tournament.
On his natural environment, the basketball court, Turner dominated, scoring a team-high 21 points to go along with seven blocked shots. Those top-notch stats, combined with a last-second layup by freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson, ultimately sealed the victory for Trinity (13-3), which advanced to the consolation semifinals of the Orange Bracket with the win.
It was Trinity’s first win in the tournament in 11 years.
Martin guard Nick Babb finished with a game-high 25 points in the Martin loss.
But after seeing the two national-caliber athletes match up on Thomas Coliseum’s basketball court, the speculation into the realm of football ensued.
Having never met each other prior to Friday’s game but having heard plenty about the accomplishments of the other, Garrett hit the mark when asked what position he thought Turner could play.
“He’d probably play defensive end,” Garrett, a defensive end himself, said. “He’s big and he would probably swipe and get by real quick.”
Turner, in fact, said that in his one year of football in middle school he did play defensive end. But his basketball career began to blossom, so he ended his football one.
The opening few minutes of the game did give Turner flashbacks to his time on the gridiron as he matched up with Garrett, a Texas A&M football commit.
“He was a lot more physical than I am, and that was a little tough to cope with at first,” Turner said. “At the beginning of the game, it was difficult to post up and make efficient moves.”
Even though Martin (8-5) took the loss, Garrett said he enjoyed the drama and competition the game presented.
“It was a great show,” Garrett said. “I love playing against great guys because it makes me better.”
Pointer, a junior, scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Pointer (25) and Lehigh-signee Kahron Ross (24) combined for 49 points.
The Hurricane (10-1) will play South Grand Prairie in Saturday night’s final at 9:30. SGP defeated Louisville Ballard 74-66 on Friday night.
DeSoto (13-3) will play Ballard for third place at 8 p.m. Saturday.
•South Grand Prairie 65, Plano West 61:
The four 3-pointers and team-high 20 points by Avery Johnson Jr. were not quite enough as the Wolves dropped a quarterfinal game early Friday to the Warriors.
Johnson is the son of the former the Dallas Mavericks head coach.
South Grand Prairie (12-2) tied the game at 56 with 3:30 left on a 3-pointer from D.J. Thorpe. That began a 7-3 run that would give them the win.
Thorpe finished as the Warriors’ leading scorer with 16 points and was one of three players for South Grand Prairie to finish in double-digit scoring.
Plano West (9-4) did not dress two of its top players, ESPN National Recruiting Class of 2015 No. 28 Tyler Davis and No. 33 Mickey Mitchell.
South Grand Prairie advanced to the Whataburger Orange Bracket semifinals against Louisville Ballard at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
•Garland Lakeview Centennial 74, Richland 61:
Friday’s consolation bracket matchup between TABC No. 25 Garland Lakeview Centennial and Richland was a battle of the big men.
Those big men, however, presented very different styles.
Ultimately, 7-foot-1 senior post Elbert Robinson and his Lakeview Centennial squad came out on top, downing Richland 74-61.
Robinson finished with a double-double and game high in points, netting 23 and pulling down 12 rebounds as he thrived throwing down dunks in the post.
Opposite Robinson was Richland big man Tim Priller, a 6-foot-9 senior post who netted 22 points.
Richland (10-4) elected to go with a high pick-and-roll offense, giving Priller many opportunities to hoist up 3-point attempts off the screen, four of which he hit.
Richland mounted a 6-0 run in the fourth to pull within 55-50 but couldn’t manage to come any closer before the final buzzer.
Lakeview (9-5) advanced to the consolation semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Bruins faced South Grand Prairie at 9:30 p.m. Friday for a berth in the semifinals. Jonesboro (Ark.) and DeSoto, the state’s top-ranked team, met at 8 p.m. in the other semifinal.
Kelan Martin had 22 and Jalen Perry added 21 for Ballard (11-1), which went on a 21-8 first-quarter run and never looked back.
Atascocita (14-5), led by Zach Haney’s 17, will play in a fifth-place bracket game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Matt Holiwell had 16 points in a game that the Rams (10-2) trailed throughout until a late surge.
Berkner will play Denton Guyer at 8 a.m. Saturday. Tech gets North Crowley at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Jonesboro played DeSoto at 8 p.m. Friday night with a spot in Saturday’s championship game on the line.
Marquise Pointer led the way for Jonesboro with 25 points, including a momentum-changing 3-pointer as time ran out in the first half.
The Hurricane outscored Northwest 18-9 in a decisive third quarter.
Elijah Christman paced the Texans with 23 points.
Northwest fell to the fifth-place bracket and will play Plano East at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Maston then knocked down the game winning shot at the buzzer, pushing DeSoto into the semifinals of the Orange Bracket.
With 10 seconds left on the clock, Plano East guard Isaac Asrat hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 57.
DeSoto (13-2) immediately inbounded the ball and hit Maston with a long pass to the right of the basket on the baseline. Maston faked a turn one way, spun around the other way and hit a fadeaway jumper from around 8 feet to seal the DeSoto victory.
Maston finished with a game-high 22 points to go with five rebounds. Trey Patterson was the high scorer for Plano East (9-5) with 15 points.
Josh Jordan had 18 points for Guyer (8-5), which went on a 24-8 run in the second quarter.
North Crowley (8-6), led by Tommy Sing’s 15, moves on to a game against Fort Worth Trimble Tech at 2 p.m. Saturday.