Brandon Hall of Arlington Bowie spent the first two games of the Fort Worth ISD Classic on the bench.
Termed by Hall and Bowie coach Allen Gratts as a coach’s decision for a violation of team rules, Hall made amends by scoring 28 points in a 93-59 victory over Fort Worth Dunbar in the championship game Saturday at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Hall, who scored 18 points against Arlington Lamar in the semifinal on Friday, made his first two shots Saturday and started Bowie’s offensive onslaught alongside teammate and tournament MVP David Chavlovich.
“I learned a big lesson because I definitely don’t like watching other people play,” Hall said. “Coach told me before the game that the best players prove themselves after a coach sits them on the bench.”
Hall and Chavlovich accounted for eight of Bowie’s nine 3-pointers as the Volunteers (14-3) held Dunbar to just 26 percent field goal shooting.
It was a 15-4 run late in the first quarter that sent the first sign of trouble for Dunbar, the state’s fourth-ranked Class 4A team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ poll.
Hall had six points in that stretch and Chavlovich had five.
Dunbar (9-3), which shot almost 50 percent in the semifinal, was ice cold throughout despite the play of guard Dennis Jones.
After being held to just a bucket in the first quarter, Jones finished with 21 points.
Quinton Brigham and Zachary Evans chipped in 12 each for the Wildcats.
Bowie got 10 each from Dante Hales and Vandy Hopson.
“There was motivation definitely,” Chavlovich said. “We felt like we could play an up-tempo game. We know that’s what they do, but we knew that we could run with them and we did.”
Mansfield Timberview 61, Arlington Lamar 46: Tyus Momoh had 18 points and Texas A&M commit Alex Robinson scored 16 points as the Timberwolves outlasted Lamar for the third-place trophy.
Timberview (9-4) pulled ahead in the first half and Lamar never threatened after that.
The Vikings (9-6) got 22 points from Julius Jackson
Fort Worth Arlington Heights 47, Keller Fossil Ridge 42: Arlington Heights wrapped up the fifth-place title with a win over Fossil Ridge.
Lavelle Scottie had 10 points for Heights (8-5) and Cameron Montgomery 13 for Fossil Ridge.
Houston Christian Life 62, Mansfield Summit 61: Torrell Sutton scored the game-winning basket off an offensive rebound in the waning seconds as Christian Life survived a desperation shot at the buzzer to claim the consolation title.
Kris Smith had 16 points and Sutton added nine to pace the Cougars (20-4).
Summit’s Corinthian Ramsey scored 19 points.