There might not be a more powerful play in Texas high school basketball than a Myles Turner dunk.
The Euless Trinity 7-footer’s two-hand slam in the lane during the third period Friday against Irving MacArthur came with the Trojans trailing 27-25. Five minutes later, Trinity led by 20.
The Trojans finished off MacArthur for a 64-44 victory Friday at home to move into sole possession of the District 6-5A lead.
“Going forward, I felt like we really needed it,” Turner said of the dunk. “Because we were dead. I started off kind of quiet, but I knew it was coming eventually.”
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Turner scored nine points in the third quarter, which saw Trinity (20-5, 8-1 6-5A) outscore MacArthur 31-6 to take a 49-29 lead after trailing 23-18 at halftime. Turner, a 5-star recruit who has been offered numerous NCAA Division I scholarships, finished with 17 points and five blocks.
Adrian Wong provided a spark for Trinity coming out of halftime. The point guard scored 14 points in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers. Wong finished with a game-high 19 points.
Turner’s production was mostly limited before his big third quarter as the Cardinals held him to six first-half points.
MacArthur took momentum and a lead into halftime after Trinity went cold in the second quarter. The Trojans were up 18-10 with 3:51 left in the first half but went scoreless the rest of the quarter. The Cardinals, meanwhile, took advantage of Trinity’s drought to go on an 11-0 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from Andrew Jones with 13 seconds left in the half.
However, Wong’s basket with 4:16 left in the third quarter put Trinity up for good.
C.J. Bird added 12 points for Trinity.