High School Sports

Four area boys teams ready for regional basketball

Jalen Petillo and Arlington Martin hope to reach their first regional final since 1994.
Jalen Petillo and Arlington Martin hope to reach their first regional final since 1994. Special to the Star-Telegram

With the girls playing in the UIL state tournament this weekend, area boys teams look to punch a ticket to the Alamodome in San Antonio for their state tourney next week.

Four teams continue their quest for a state championship — Arlington Martin, Fort Worth Dunbar, Mansfield Timberview and Kennedale. District 8-6A teams DeSoto and South Grand Praire and 14-5A champ Lancaster also remain in the hunt.

Class 6A Region I

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, Fort Worth

Semifinals: Lubbock Coronado (26-5) vs DeSoto (32-2), 6 p.m. Friday; Arlington Martin (27-6) vs South Grand Prairie (25-8), 8 p.m. Friday

Final: 1 p.m. Saturday

Lubbock Coronado: The unranked Mustangs upset No. 8 North Crowley 87-73 in the regional quarterfinals. Coronado is one win shy of a program record, but faces a DeSoto team that beat them 55-38 two years ago in this round.

DeSoto: No. 4 Eagles are back in the regional semifinals after missing out last year. They look for their first state title since 2009. DeSoto is outscoring opponents 221-114 in three playoff games.

Arlington Martin: Warriors upset and handed No. 3 Amarillo Tascosa its only loss of the season 67-43. They had four in double figures, including a game-high 27 from Jalen Petillo. One more win would put Martin in its first regional final since 1994.

South Grand Prairie: Harrison Henderson had a game-high 17 points as No. 15 SGP beat Plano East 67-52 in the quarterfinals. SGP is back in the regional tournament after missing the past two seasons. SGP beat Martin 60-49 on Dec. 4.

Class 5A Region I

Western Texas College, Snyder

Semifinals: EP Andress (16-14) vs WF Rider (23-10), 4 p.m. Friday; EP Burges (28-2) vs FW Dunbar (21-11), 6 p.m. Friday

Final: 2 p.m. Saturday

Andress: Third straight regional tournament for the Eagles, who lost to 5A champ Lancaster in last year’s state semifinals.

Rider: Raiders upset No. 23 Crowley 62-57 in quarterfinals as TJ Vasher scored 28 points to send them to the program’s first regional tournament.

Burges: Allowing 43 points per game, Burges is in the regional tournament after losing in the first round the past two years. Deion Bauman led with 22 points in a win over Hereford.

Dunbar: Logan Ray’s layup with 5.3 seconds left gave Dunbar the win over Everman and into its second straight regional tournament. Wildcats lost to Andress in last year’s regional semifinals 86-60.

Class 5A Region II

Curtis Culwell Center, Garland

Semifinals: West Mesquite (30-5) vs Mansfield Timberview (24-9), 6 p.m. Friday; Frisco Liberty (30-5) vs Lancaster (32-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Final: 1 p.m. Saturday

West Mesquite: No. 9 Wranglers didn’t make the playoffs the past two years, but back in the regional tournament for the first time since 2013. They beat McKinney North 66-61 for their 17th straight win.

Timberview: Chris Mullins and Tim Johnson combined for 29 points as the Wolves beat Lufkin 63-51 to send them to second regional tournament in program history. They also made it in 2009 when they reached state semifinals.

Liberty: The No. 7 Redhawks beat Frisco Centennial 41-35 to clinch their first regional tournament in program history. Their 30 wins are a school record after averaging 13 in their first eight seasons.

Lancaster: The defending 5A champs have won 28 straight games after rallying to beat Mansfield Lake Ridge 66-56 in the quarterfinals. The Tigers beat Liberty 62-51 on Dec. 29.

Class 4A Region I

Lubbock Christian University

Semifinals: Levelland (23-11) vs Kennedale (25-12), 7 p.m. Friday; Lubbock Estacado (25-7) vs Abilene Wylie (28-5), 8:30 p.m. Friday

Final: 1 p.m. Saturday

Levelland: It’s the second straight regional tournament for the Lobos, who beat Lamesa 72-56 in the quarterfinals. The Lobos lost to 4A champ Bridgeport in last year’s regional semifinals.

Kennedale: It’s their third regional tournament in four years. The Wildcats made the regional final in 2014 and won a state title in 2008. They routed No. 25 WF Hirschi 56-28 in the quarterfinals, holding them to seven points in the second half.

Estacado: Another past champion (2010) as the No. 19 Matadors defeated Bushland 76-69 to clinch 11th regional tournament appearance in the past 15 years.

Wylie: It’s the fifth straight regional tournament for the Bulldogs, who won a state title in 2007. No. 11 Wylie defeated Decatur 49-43 in the quarterfinals for its 20th consecutive victory.