Keller and TCU commit RJ Nembhard take Moritz Holiday Classic tourney title
Justin Northwest 56, Keller Timber Creek 49
The Texans used four technical foul free throws to take a lead they never surrendered in claiming a 56-49 decision over the Falcons in the Third Place game of the Moritz Dealerships Holiday Classic Wednesday at Aledo High School.
Sophomore guard Avery Anderson sank a pair of foul shots on the first technical near the end of the third quarter to give Northwest (15-4) its first lead at 40-39. Then, further discussion on the call netted a second technical on the Timber Creek bench, and two more Anderson free throws to start the Texans on their path to the win.
Anderson, who led Northwest with 21 points, sank 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch to keep the lead. Timber Creek (9-11), which was just 4-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter, cut the lead to three (52-49) with two minutes left, but did not score again.
Winston Castlemain and Jimmy Mouser combined for 27 points for the Jaguars while Jordan Keyes also scored in double figures with 10 for the Texans.
Mansfield Summit 41, Arlington 34
The Jaguars opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to break open a close game on their way to a 41-34 win over the Colts in the Consolation Final of the Moritz Dealerships Holiday Classic.
Mansfield (5-7) had seen a 24-14 halftime lead dwindle down to 28-27 after Arlington (6-10) had mounted an 11-5 comeback in the third quarter. But the Jaguars created four straight scoring opportunities off Colt turnovers to build as much as a 12-point advantage until the final minutes.
Jahmius Ramsey and Bernard Buhake combined for 24 points for Summit while Arlington had eight players score eight points or less in the loss.
McKinney 54, Keller Timber Creek 40
The Lions cruised into the championship game of the Moritz Holiday Classic Tournament Wednesday afternoon, pulling away late for a 54-40 semifinal win over Keller Timber Creek.
Down 32-26 midway through the third quarter, McKinney (11-7) answered with an 11-0 run to take a 38-34 lead going into the final period, then outscored the Falcons,16-6, the rest of the way.
In a game that featured multiple ties and lead changes throughout the first half, Timber Creek (9-10) led 23-21 at halftime after the Lions missed 8-of-16 free throws in the first two periods.
The game was still close with 4:00 left, but McKinney post Tony Lyons got loose for consecutive baskets underneath as the Lions finished the game on a 10-0 run.
Lyons and Kam Givens combined for 28 points for Mckinney while Timber Creek’s David Valmore was the only Falcon in double figures with 10 points.
Keller 59, Justin Northwest 51
The Indians rode a torrid second half performance to a 59-51 semifinal win Wednesday over the Texans to advance to the championship game of the Moritz Dealerships Holiday Classic at Aledo High School.
Keller will meet the winner of McKinney and Keller TimberCreek in the title game later today.
The Indians (16-1) overcame a sluggish start, rebounding from an early 18-point deficit (27-9) with a 39-point outburst after halftime. Carson Hughes caught fire, nailing six 3-pointers in the final two frames to complete the comeback. Hughes led Keller with 27 points.
Sophomore Avery Anderson led the Texans to a fast start, hitting from inside and out for 13 first-half points. He finished the game with 25, but his teammates only added eight more points. Down 31-20 at the break, Keller opened the third quarter on a 16-4 run to take the lead (36-35), then finished with a 23-16 run to finish the game.