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Boys: Arl. Heights cruises past Timber Creek

February, 21, 2012
HALTOM CITY, Texas -- By the time Keller Timber Creek shook off the jitters of its first playoff game, it was too late.

Arlington Heights controlled the boards on its way to a 69-44 win in the Class 4A Region I bi-district playoffs Tuesday night.

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Heights coach Josh Welch said his team needed to dictate the tempo early. They didn't dictate, they dominated.

The Yellow Jackets started the game on a 21-2 run before Timber Creek finally started breaking through Heights' pressure.

"We didn't want them to have an opportunity to play their game," Welch said. "We kept trying to put pressure on them and get them to make mistakes."

Timber Creek chipped away slowly to end the first half down 36-21, but Heights started the second half just as hot as the first.

Heights went on a 17-2 run after the break to put the Falcons away for good.

Timber Creek had trouble with Heights' size the whole game. A'Shawn Robinson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. The 6-foot-6 forward committed to play football at UT on Feb. 16.

The Yellow Jackets spread the wealth on offense. Justin Hemphill led Heights with 16 points and Travis Williams added 14.

Ray Munson led Timber Creek with 14 points.

The win gives Heights big momentum heading to the area playoffs.

"I hope our best basketball is still to come," Welch said. "It does help, but all that's left are good teams. We have to bring it every night."

Heights next takes on the winner of ESPN Dallas No. 8 Arlington Seguin and Waco.

Arl. Heights' A'Shawn Robinson commits to UT

February, 16, 2012
Fort Worth Arlington Heights junior lineman A'Shawn Robinson confirmed in a text message to HornsNation that he's committed to the University of Texas.

"He committed this morning and called coach Mack Brown," Robinson's mother, Abigail, told HornsNation. "We talked about it last night. I didn't know if he was going to do it today."

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder can play offensive or defensive line, though he told HornsNation earlier this month he'd prefer defense. Robinson picked Texas over Alabama, LSU, TCU, Baylor and several other offers.

"We took time and thought about it and talked it over," Abigail Robinson said. "He had visited other schools, and he wanted to compare them and see what was the place for him. I'm excited he picked Texas, so he can just focus on what he's got to do in high school."

Robinson is joined in Texas' 2013 class by Celina lineman Jake Raulerson and new commit Jake Oliver, the Dallas Jesuit wide receiver who committed on Wednesday morning.