Tuesday, December 28, 2010
No. 1 FM Marcus to play for tournament title
By Travis L. Brown
Phillip Forte and Flower Mound Marcus got around Cedar Hill in a semifinal game.
HALTOM CITY, Texas -- The area's top-ranked 5A team, Flower Mound Marcus, made it through the gauntlet of the Whataburger Basketball Tournament Orange Bracket and will play in the championship against Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.
Marcus plowed through Hurst L.D. Bell, Houston Wheatley and area No. 4 Cedar Hill in route to the tournament title game.
Irving's Keith Frazier put up an impressive 36 points against Southlake, putting him on top of Tuesday's scorers.
Irving plays Fort Worth Dunbar on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the consolation semifinals. The winner of that matchup will face the winner of Mansfield-Justin Northwest to try and stake a claim on the consolation championship.
9:00 a.m. - Irving vs. Fort Worth Dunbar (consolation semifinal)
11:00 a.m. - Justin Northwest vs. Mansfield (consolation semifinal)
2:00 p.m. - Plano West vs. Richland (5th-place bracket)
3:30 p.m. - Consolation Final
5:00 p.m. - 5th-place final
6:30 p.m. - No. 4 Cedar Hill vs. No. 5 North Crowley (3rd-place game)
8:15 p.m. - No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus vs. Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview (championship)
Tuesday's games Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview 67, No. 5 North Crowley 59
North Crowley's Kyan Anderson lead his squad in scoring with 20 points, just five points behind the game leader, Parkview's Aaron Ross.
North Crowley started a comeback in the second quarter and was able to tie the game up, but an and-one foul right before halftime put Parkview up going into the locker room and North Crowley could never recover.
No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus 59, No. 4 Cedar Hill 43
Marcus Smart and Phillip Forte led the scoring for Marcus, each with 16 points.
Devonte Green was the only Cedar Hill player with double-digit scoring, finishing with 14 points.
The entire game was a defensive struggle, starting with a combined 18 points in the first quarter. Cedar Hill was blanked for a good portion of the opening frame.
The teams remained even throughout the course of the game until Marcus pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Cedar Hill 22-15.
Fort Worth Dunbar 85, Hurst L.D. Bell 79
Dunbar had four players with points in the double digits: Julian Parker with 19, Vernon Sharp with 18, Deon Rodgers with 15 and Justin Perry with 10.
Kenny Obikudu of L.D. Bell led all scorers with 27 points. Bell's Garrett Hammonds and James Mauro each finished with 17.
L.D. Bell led by one point at the half, but Dunbar won the third and fourth quarters 20-15 and 26-24 to take the game.
Dunbar was led by its two speedy guards, Tommy Burns and Parker, who could weave their way in and out of the L.D. Bell defense with ease.
Justin Northwest 64, Arlington Martin 54
Northwest's scoring was led by Dayman Marshall with 16 points. He hit four 3-pointers. He was followed by Parrish Smith and Todd Christensen, who each had 10.
The game's top scorer was Jordan Walker of Arlington Martin with 18 points.
The somewhat sloppy game was played all over the court, with Northwest winning the turnover battle and, in turn, the game.
Irving 62, Southlake Carroll 60
Irving won on a buzzer-beater from J.J. Thompson. The play was set up by a turnaround 3-pointer from Keith Frazier while he was guarded by two Carroll defenders.
Frazier led all scorers with 36 points. He is No. 5 on ESPNU's Terrific 25 top recruits for the class of 2013.
Carroll led for most of the game but failed to make a few key layups in the final minutes that could have sealed the victory. William Brown was the high point man for the Dragons with 12. Carroll has been eliminated from the tournament.
Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview 68, Richland 55
Both Mark Taylor and Leyton Hammonds led Richland in scoring with 12 points. All 12 of Hammonds' points came from behind he arch. Parkview's Aaron Ross led the game with 27.
Richland did a very good job controlling the tempo which kept them in the game against a much more athletic team.
Richland's best quarter was the third, outscoring Parkland 21-14.
No. 5 North Crowley 67, No. 8 Plano West 56
North Crowley's Andrew Guillory finished with a team-high 23 points, one point behind Plano West big man Geoffrey Groselle.
North Crowley led the entire game, but tried to give the game away in the fourth on turnovers and missed shots. Plano West outscored North Crowley in the fourth, 17-14, and came within 10 points.
North Crowley guard Kyan Anderson only had eight points but dominated the game with his ball-handling ability.
No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus 71, Houston Wheatley 62
Marcus had four scorers in double digits, led by big man Nick Banyard with 17. Phillip Forte followed Banyard with 16 points. A.J. Luckey and Marcus Smart came next with 15 and 14, respectively.
Wheatley's Randy Lewis led all scorers with 26 points.
The game was a track meet, especially in the second quarter when Wheatley switched to a zone full-court press. The defensive switch allowed for 23 Marcus points in the second quarter, most off the fast break.
Cedar Hill 78, Trinity Catholic (Ky.) 35
The game's leading scorer was Cedar Hill's Thomas Gipson (22), whose last basket came on a thundering dunk on a drive down the middle.
Gipson was followed by Zeldric King with 13 points. Trinity's leading scorer, Nathan Dieudonne, only had eight points.
Mansfield 53, Haltom 51
Despite the loss, Haltom's Josh Shockey led all scorers with 25 points, the majority coming on six 3-pointers. Jabbare Simpson led his team with 20 points.
Mansfield was able to win the first and fourth quarters, 14-7 and 20-19, which was enough to give them the game.