DeSoto set to begin defense of its 11-5A title

DeSoto (22-2), No. 3 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A Top 10, begins District 11-5A play at North Mesquite (15-6) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

DeSoto won the Class 5A state title two seasons ago.

Last year, the Eagles made it to the third round of the playoffs as the champion from 11-5A.

Antwan Space, a 6-foot-7 center, has been instrumental in DeSoto’s success.

Space, who signed with Florida State in November, is ranked No. 76 nationally in ESPNU’s Class of 2011.

In Saturday’s 66-46 win over Arlington Grace Prep, Space scored 23 despite the presence of 7-foot junior Baylor recruit Isaiah Austin of Grace Prep.

Austin is ranked No. 3 nationally in the ESPNU Class of 2012.