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DeSoto, N. Forest aim to advance in 5A Reg. II

CLASS 5A REGION II BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

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

FRIDAY'S SEMIFINALS

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.