Fort Worth Dunbar 80, North Forney 67
The Wildcats won for just the second time this season, but did so in convincing fashion, turning a flurry of Falcon turnovers into a late 21-0 run and an 80-67 win in the opening round of the 19th annual Fort Worth ISD Classic at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Dunbar (2-8) stormed back from 48-42 deficit midway through the third quarter, finishing the period on an 18-0 run off seven North Forney turnovers. Senior guard Jarrod Fields then opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to put the Wildcats up 63-48.
Dunbar meets Arlington Lamar in a winner's bracket game Friday at 8 p.m.
The Falcons (9-5) had a 13-6 run of their own that cut the deficit to 69-61 with just minutes left, but Dunbar countered with a late flurry of steals and fast-break layups to extend the lead to 78-61 with just over a minute remaining.
Jeremiah Keys led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Tobias Phillips and Kobe Hill combined for 32 more. Zane McFarland topped all North Forney scorers with 18 points while Barclay Ford and Parrish Price added 30 more.
Arlington Lamar 56, Killeen Ellison 55
Senior guard Cecil Roberts hit a pair of free throws with 3 seconds left Thursday evening to give the Vikings their only lead of the second half and a 56-55 win over the Eagles in the opening round of the Fort Worth ISD Tournament at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Lamar (8-8) meets Fort Worth Dunbar or North Forney in the tournament quarterfinals Friday at 8 p.m.
Though they trailed much of the game, the Vikings were able to stay close to the Eagles, and trailed just 31-30 at halftime. Jacob Olson’s 3-pointer finally tied the score at 35-35 midway through the third period.
The score was tied five more times down the stretch and Ellison (12-4) led 46-44 going into the final period..
Ellison’s Josh Childs missed the front end of a one-and-one with a 55-54 lead with 7 seconds remaining and Lamar took possession on a rebound that went out of bounds.
The final free throws came after Roberts was fouled on his way to the basket.
Roberts led eight Viking scorers with 13 points. Michael Aramda, Casey Armour and Dajuan Jones combined for 35 points for Ellison.
Denton 67, Fort Worth Arlington Heights 55
The Broncos rode a big second quarter Wednesday night to advance with a 67-55 win over the Yellow Jackets in a Fort Worth ISD Tournament consolation bracket game at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Denton advances in the consolation bracket with a 12:30 pm game against the Abilene Cooper/Arlington Seguin winner Friday. Arlington Heights will play the loser of that game at 11:00 am.
Trailing 18-15 in a back-and-forth first quarter, Denton (8-7) posted an 18-9 second quarter and led 33-27 at the break. A 17-7 run to open the third period stretched the lead to 48-34 before Arlington Heights (3-10) began chipping back.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead down to 53-47 on five quick points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Broncos took control back down the stretch.
Post Caleb Allison paced Denton with 20 points while Jalin Brown added 15. Dreaun Washington topped eight Arlington Heights scorers with 14 points.
Lewisville 82, Fort Worth South Hills 64
Despite a spirited effort from the Scorpions, the Fighting Farmers held off Fort Worth South Hills, 82-64, Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals.
South Hills (1-11) trailed early, but were back to a 44-30 deficit by halftime after Dashontray Peavy and Quashon Wair combined for 13 points for the Scorpions in a 19-point second quarter.
Lewisville (9-5) answered with a 21-13 onslaught in the third period as Jydonn Griffith scored 12 of his team-high 20 points, putting the Farmers up, 65-43.
South Hills finished the game on a 21-17 run, but could not overcome the large deficit. Peavy and Wair each scored 15 points to lead the Scorpions.
Keller Fossil Ridge 69, Dallas Adams 41
The Panthers nailed 11 three-pointers on their way to a convincing 69-41 win over Adams in the opening round.
Fossil Ridge (9-9) meets Lewisville in the championship bracket quarterfinals Friday at 6:30 pm in the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
The Panthers connected twice from long range on their first two trips down the court, taking an early 9-0 lead they never surrendered. By halftime, Fossil Ridge led 33-16 and increased the advantage to 54-29 before the reserves took over.
Senior Brendon Blontz hit four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 22 points for the Panthers while senior Michael Wilkerson added 13 points with three long-range bombs. Bryan Adams (5-9) got 23 of its 41 points from sophomore Kavon Freeman.
Fort Worth Wyatt 62, Arlington Seguin 58
Wyatt (10-4) outlasted a hard-charging Seguin run in the fourth quarter to escape with a win in an opening-round game.
The Chaparrals first took control of the game in the second quarter, when they scored the first seven points after a 13-13 tie ended the first. Tyresse Baker scored twice on the offensive glass before guard Kevin Shed nailed a 3-pointer along the baseline to put Wyatt up 20-13 with five minutes left before halftime.
Forward Wes Gardner scored on a late break from Daylon Tanksley to put Wyatt up 32-24, and the Chaps took a 34-26 lead into halftime. Gardner led all scorers with 23 points in the win and pulled down six rebounds.
But it was guard Yverson St. Albert who came up big to fend off the Seguin run in the fourth quarter. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the final frame and four in the game’s final minute. He paired that with three steals on the defensive end.
Forward Albert Davis led Seguin with 15 points in the loss.
Arlington Bowie 67, Denton 56
Bowie (12-5) took control of their opener in the third quarter. The Volunteers outscored Denton 20-7 in the third to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 49-40 lead going into the fourth.
Point guard Richard Robinson and freshman forward Cade Cunningham had a lot to do with the turnaround. Cunningham cut toward the basket and Robinson found him with 5:40 to play in the third to put Bowie up 35-34. The Vols wouldn’t surrender the lead for the rest of the game.
Robinson hit a 3-pointer in the deep wing to put Bowie up 38-34 a minute later, and followed that by knifing through the lane with 2:35 left in the third. The senior finished with 12 points, eight assists and four steals, while Cunningham had a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Denton (7-7) was led by guard Joseph Frisby’s 14 points, including four 3-pointers in the first half.
FM Marcus 56, FW Arlington Heights 40
Arlington Heights got off to a solid start in the tournament’s opening game, but after Mike Raymond found Dreaun Washington open inside for an early 7-4 lead on Flower Mound Marcus, the Yellow Jackets’ offense stalled. Marcus responded with 13-0 run and had control by the second quarter.
Heights (3-9) did not score for nearly eight minutes, and Marcus took its biggest lead of the first half, up 24-10, on a drive from Nelson Chevis midway through the second. Heights fought back late in the third and early in the fourth, though, as Washington’s putback inside with 35 seconds left in the third made it 33-30 Marcus.
Washington led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Heights. Conner Bleasdell and L.J. Daniel led Marcus with nine points apiece. The Marauders (9-7) outscored Heights 20-8 in the fourth quarter and held the Yellow Jackets to single-digit scoring in three of the game’s four quarters.