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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
DeSoto, N. Forest aim to advance in 5A Reg. II

By David Stein

CLASS 5A REGION II BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

(At Baylor University's Ferrell Special Events Center in Waco)

FRIDAY'S SEMIFINALS

UIL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Boys brackets: 5A »   4A »
Girls brackets: 5A »   4A »
State tournament: Girls » Boys »
6 p.m.: Garland Naaman Forest vs. The Woodlands College Park

8 p.m.: DeSoto vs. Spring Westfield

SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP

4 p.m.: Semifinal winners

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Naaman Forest (27-7): The District 10-5A champion defeated Richardson Lake Highlands 65-54 in bi-district; Killeen Shoemaker 64-43 in area; College Station A&M Consolidated 60-51 in regional quarterfinals.

College Park (30-7): The District 14-5A champion defeated Klein 63-62 in bi-district; Georgetown 67-51 in area; Kingwood 48-41 in regional quarterfinals.

DeSoto (32-5): The District 11-5A champion defeated Killeen Ellison 64-34 in bi-district; Rowlett 59-53 in area; Berkner 64-55 in regional quarterfinals.

Westfield (26-10): The District 13-5A champion defeated Lufkin 62-26 in bi-district; Austin Anderson 48-37 in area; Spring Dekaney 66-59 in regional semifinals. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Naaman Forest: DeMarcus Holland (6-4, Sr. SG) leads the team with 11.5 points per game and rebounds very well. He is the No. 30 player in Texas in the 2012 class. His counterpart Kent High (6-1, Sr. G) is averaging 11.4 points per game.

College Park: Evan Cooper (6-0, Sr. G) is a pure scorer who gets to the free throw line often, averaging 19.9 points per game. Zach Wright (6-3, Sr. SF) is another guy who can score in bunches, averaging 14.5 points per game.

DeSoto: Matt Jones (6-4, Jr. SG) has proven to be one of the best players in the 2013 class. The Duke commit is long and athletic, and shoots very well. Benquan Petty (5-9, Sr. G) can burn opponents with his quickness.

Westfield: James Harrison (6-2, Jr. G) is streaky, but can explode for points when he gets hot beyond the arc. Wesley Iwundu (6-6, Jr. G) is a lengthy athlete who can create mismatches against smaller guards.

LAST YEAR

Naaman Forest: Lost to Killeen Ellison 66-63 (OT) in the area round.

College Park: Missed the playoffs.

DeSoto: Lost to Lakeview Centennial 54-50 in the regional final.

Westfield: Missed the playoffs.