Weatherford Sports

Improved Kangaroos host own tournament

Jacob Huffman, 40, keeps a close eye on the ball during round one of the Jerry Durant/Charlie Gilchrist Kangaroo Classic Thursday morning. Weatherford won the match-up, 65-53.
Jacob Huffman, 40, keeps a close eye on the ball during round one of the Jerry Durant/Charlie Gilchrist Kangaroo Classic Thursday morning. Weatherford won the match-up, 65-53. Weatherford Star-Telegram

Last season the Weatherford Kangaroos won two games for the entire basketball campaign.

In the first season under coach Charles Tatum they've matched that total already after defeating Burleson 65-53 to open the Kangaroo Classic late last week. Tony Banks (17) and Lane Buest (12) combined for 29 points in the victory.

Two days later, the Kangaroos (2-5) came close to surpassing last season's win total, narrowly falling to Justin Northwest 57-55. Kodie McLendon topped Weatherford with 14 points, while Banks added 13.

In between the Kangaroos fell 51-39 to El Paso Montwood as Grayson Stinson scored nine points, and they were topped 74-58 by Burleson Centennial despite 20 points from Banks and 10 from Stinson.

Red Oak defeated Lubbock Coronado 77-59 for the tournament championship.

BROCK CLASSIC

The Brock Eagles (6-2) defeated Lake Country Christian for a second time in two days, 52-49, to capture third place in their own tournament.

The Eagles opened with a 49-36 win over Fort Worth Country Day as Nolan McCall scored 19 points and Garrett Leak added 10. They followed with a 65-53 win over Nacogdoches Central Heights as Taylor Perry scored 25 and Leak 11.

A 65-46 win over Lake Country Christian was paced by 17 points from Perry and 15 from Leak, before a 67-49 loss to Joshua in the semifinals as Perry and McCall each scored 12.

Midland Christian defeated Joshua for the championship.

CHISHOLM TRAIL TOURNAMENT

After dropping a couple of heartbreakers, the Aledo Bearcats (3-4) defeated Carter Riverside 49-38 behind 21 points from Cameron Caldwell and 10 from Kolin Hess.

The Bearcats opened the tournament with a 37-36 loss to Keller Timber Creek as Hess scored 13. That was followed with a 53-51 loss to District 8-5A counterpart Everman as Caldwell (19) and Cameron Yates (12) combined for 31 points.

"We're definitely learning the hard way, but we believe it will pay off in the end," said first-year Aledo coach Fred Jones.

JACKSBORO TOURNAMENT

The Millsap Bulldogs went 1-3. Triston Boling was named all-tournament.

Two of the losses came to Petrolia, 60-36 in the opening round and 61-48 in the final game. Boling led the Bulldogs (1-6) in scoring in both games with 11 and 17 points.

Austin Younger scored 15 and Boling 10 in a 60-43 loss to Bryson. Boling scored 15 in a 59-29 loss to Muenster.

NON-TOURNAMENT

▪ Birdville 57, Aledo 56

Cameron Caldwell leads Bearcats with 19 points as they drop the first of three straight by a total of four points.

▪ Everman 62, Brock 56

Taylor Perry scores 15 and Garrett Leak 13 for Eagles.

▪ Peaster 61, Graham 47

Greyhounds improve to 4-0 as Connor Turan scores 25. Parker Grudt added 20.

▪ Poolville 56, Huckabay 34

Landon Smith's 24 points paces Monarchs, who improve to 3-4.

▪ Trophy Club Nelson 101, Weatherford 61

Tony Banks' 23 points leads Kangaroos.

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