Super Tuesday Doesn't Disappoint
It was quite the spectacle on Tuesday night across the DFW hoops landscape as both the 6A and 5A defending state champions needed overtime to extend their respective seasons.
It came down to free throws in No. 1 Duncanville's (29-3) 66-65 victory over No. 9 Grand Prairie (27-3) to advance to the regional semifinals for the second straight year. Grand Prairie led for the majority of three quarters - including a 32-22 halftime lead - but only made six of its 15 free throw attempts in allowing Duncanville to force overtime.
Once there, the teams played relatively even, and with 3.6 seconds left Ja'Bryant Hill sank the go-ahead free throw to give Duncanville the win. The stars came out to play as well, with Micah Peavy recording a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards for Duncanville. Meanwhile, Grand Prairie's Jaylin Posey registered 28 points on the night.
Elsewhere in 6A:
No. 6 Richardson (35-3) blew right past No. 11 Waxahachie 79-58 and will meet No. 17 Odessa Permian (31-3) on Friday after just getting past Arlington Martin 44-43. Arlington Bowie (21-9) advanced to meet Duncanville on Friday after beating Wolfforth Frenship 65-55.
Mesquite Horn fell to Killeen Ellison 74-52; Wylie (25-7) moves on to face Round Rock on Friday after downing Waco Midway 48-44.
Mansfield Timberview missed a game-winning buzzer-beater at the end of regulation but were able to stymie Mansfield Legacay's offense in overtime on the way to a 41-40 win. No. 16 Timberview (27-8) led by four in the closing moments of overtime, but a 3-pointer by Legacy - it's only points of the extra period - trimmed things to one.
Timberview struggled to put the game away, missing four straight free throws, but Legacy could not get a game-winning shot off before the final buzzer. Timberview will meet No. 17 Wichita Falls Rider on Friday.
Elsewhere in 5A:
The undefeated quest for No. 6 Carrollton Newman Smith ended with a thud as No. 8 Dallas Kimball (31-6) jumped out to a 19-point first quarter lead and never looked back in a 101-73 win. It'll meet Mt. Pleasant on Friday. No. 1 Lancaster (33-2) edged past No. 10 Sulphur Springs 44-38 to set up a meeting with Highland Park, which knocked off Dallas Wilson 65-49.
No. 15 Burleson Centennial (31-6) downed Arlington Seguin 75-67 to head to the regional semifinals to play El Paso Eastwood.
No. 8 Argyle (30-4) moved on the regional quarterfinals with a 45-35 win over district rival No. 11 Krum. Argyle built a big lead but had to withstand Krum's second half rally. Argyle will meet No. 9 Clint on Friday. Argyle and Krum split the two regular-season meetings, each winning on the opponent's home court.
Argyle held a 28-13 lead at halftime, but only scored three points in the third quarter to see its lead trimmed down to seven. Argyle's offense picked back up in the fourth and it was able to boost its lead back to double digits.
Elsewhere in 4A:
No. 7 Decatur fell to Wichita Falls Hirschi 40-36; No. 20 Waxahachie Life (30-9) downed No. 13 Waco Connally 62-47 to meet Silsbee in the regional semis on Friday.
No. 2 Dallas Carter (28-7) dominated No. 17 Celina to a 63-47 win and will meet No. 19 Paris on Friday. No. 3 Oak Cliff Faith Family also cruised to a double-digit win, downing No. 12 Dallas Lincoln 61-47 to set up a meeting with Tyler Chapel Hill on Friday.
No. 1 Dallas Madison, the 3A defending state champion, had four players score in double figures on the way to an 68-53 win over No. 23 Mineola. It will meet No. 19 Jefferson (31-6), which moved on with a 52-49 win over Arp, on Friday in the regional semifinals.
Elsewhere in 3A:
No. 15 Malakoff (27-4) downed No. 14 Grandview;Whitesboro (25-9) took down No. 16 Van Alstyne 66-59 and will meet Troup on Friday.
No. 6 Muenster (25-4) easily moved on the to regional semifinals, beating Lindsay 55-25 to set up a matchup with No. 7 McLeod on Friday. Alvord (22-17) defeated Poolville and will play undefeated Martin's Mill on Friday in the regional semis.
The march for back-to-back state titles continues for No. 5 Slidell (29-8), which took dominated No. 17 Saltillo on the way to a 62-40 win. Slidell moves on to face No. 9 Eula in the regional semifinals on Friday.