High School: Irving MacArthur

Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft

April, 28, 2012
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Ron Brooks was drafted Saturday as the 124th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills as a cornerback, a position he has played for only three seasons.

Brooks was recruited by LSU out of Irving MacArthur as a wide receiver after spending the majority of his snaps at quarterback in high school.

“He was just a step quicker than anyone else on the field,” MacArthur coach Brian Basil said. “He played quarterback for us his senior year because we wanted the ball touching his hands every snap, but the main thing that separated him at the high school level was his speed and his level of toughness.”

Brooks made the shift over to cornerback his sophomore year at LSU, which Basil believes is proof of his devotion to the game -- one of his many intangibles.

“He understood that whatever it took to get him on the field he would do it,” Basil said. “That’s why when he went to LSU, he was receptive to play defense and on special teams. Those intangibles are what allowed him to make it to this level.”

Brooks played in 53 games at LSU, finishing with 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks. All three interceptions Brooks pulled in were returned for touchdowns.

“For him, I think wherever he had an opportunity to play would be a great fit.” Basil said. “To play at that level is a dream come true and I bet he’s thrilled to death and we’re thrilled for him.”

Redskins pick Plano East/UT linebacker

The Redskins picked up the athlete that “could do it all” for Plano East coach Johnny Ringo.

Keenan Robinson was selected as the 119th overall pick as a linebacker out of Texas, the fourth player to make it to the pro level out of Plano East.

“He was a tremendous leader for us and played both ways,” Ringo said. “He’s just a kid that could do it all. He was a great track athlete and had to give up basketball. He was a tremendous player for us and will be a tremendous representative of Plano East in the NFL.”

Robinson hit Twitter immediately after his selection, affirming his excitement with the team that selected him.

“God is Good… Im right where I needa be,” Robinson tweeted, followed by, “Oo whats up Washington… Im glad to be a Redskin #NoQuestion.”

Robinson started in 39 games for the Longhorns, tallying 317 tackles and 4.4 sacks.

He joins other standouts from the state of Texas in Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Richardson Berkner/SMU lineman Josh LeRibeus as a part of the Redskins' draft class.

Other area draftees:

Josh LeRibeus (OG, Richardson Berkner/SMU): Selected 71st overall by the Redskins.

Jamell Fleming (CB, Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma): Selected 80th overall by the Cardinals. First player drafted from Arlington Seguin to be drafted.

Chris Givens (WR, Wylie/Wake Forest): Selected as the first pick of the fourth round, 96th overall, by the Rams.

Taylor Thompson (DE/TE, Prosper/SMU): Selected 145th overall by the Titans.

Cyrus Gray (RB, DeSoto/Texas A&M): Selected 182nd overall by the Chiefs.

James Hanna (TE, Flower Mound/Oklahoma): Selected 186th overall by the Cowboys.

Robert T. Griffin (OG, Euless Trinity/Baylor): Selected 203rd overall by the Jets.

Emmanuel Acho (LB, Dallas St. Mark’s/Texas): Selected 204th overall by the Browns.

Greg McCoy (DB/KR, Dallas Woodrow Wilson/TCU): Selected 220th overall by the Bears.


The girls McDonald’s All-American game was won by an East team free throw, 79-78, with 0.3 seconds remaining in the game, a disappointing finish for the three Dallas-area players on the West squad.

However, the West wouldn’t have had a chance at the win if it hadn’t been for Dallas-area home school star Moriah Jefferson.

With just under a minute remaining in the game, Jefferson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to bring the West within two. The West would tie it up on two free throws, but wouldn’t be able to fend off the East in the end.

Jefferson, a UConn commit, finished with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes. She shot 4-for-11 from the field and 2-for-4 from 3-point range.

Irving MacArthur’s Alexis Jones had a decent showing, showcasing her ability as a distributor in her 21 minutes of playing time with three quality assists in transition. Jones, a Duke commit, netted nine points and grabbed three rebounds while going 4-for-16 and 1-for-5 from behind the arc.

DeSoto’s Jordan Jones (Texas A&M) saw 11 minutes of time on the court and scored three points, grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists.

"It still doesn't feel real," Jones said of playing in the game. "A couple of years ago I was just an average player. It'll all probably hit me in a couple of days when I show everybody all my stuff."

Future Baylor Bear Alexis Prince (Orlando, Fla.) took home the game MVP honors with a 15-point, nine-rebound effort in Chicago.

Chris Hansen of ESPN HoopGurlz contributed to this report.

Five area stars in tonight's McDonald's games

March, 28, 2012
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Five area basketball players will be in the national spotlight tonight at the McDonald's All-American games in Chicago.

Flower Mound Marcus' Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Arlington Grace Prep's Isaiah Austin (Baylor) are on the West team of the boys game, which tips off at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

Three area players are in the West team of the girls game, which starts at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU and ESPN3.com: home-schooler Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut) of Glenn Heights, Irving MacArthur's Alexis Jones (Duke) and DeSoto's Jordan Jones (Texas A&M).

ESPN.com's recruiting and high school experts will be holding a live chat during the game.

Marcus stands firm at No. 5 in ESPNHS FAB 50

March, 13, 2012
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Texas' basketball season is over, but parts of the country are still playing and ESPNHS is still updating the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.

The Flower Mound Marcus boys maintained their No. 5 position after winning their second consecutive state title. Only two teams ahead of Marcus, No. 2 Findlay Prep (Nev.) and No. 4 Chester (Pa.), haven't completed their seasons. Findlay Prep beat Marcus earlier in the year.

Prestonwood Christian remained at No. 12 and fellow TAPPS power Arlington Grace Prep moved up two spots to No. 22.

South Grand Prairie, which lost to Marcus in a regional final, bounced up three spots to No. 46.

In the girls FAB 50, Class 5A champion Duncanville moved up four spots to No. 7 two weeks after completing its season. Irving MacArthur held the No. 18 spot, Dallas Lincoln dropped two spots to No. 42 and Plano West slipped a spot to No. 44.

I-Mac's Jones wins second Gatorade state POY

March, 8, 2012
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Irving MacArthur's Alexis Jones has been named the Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

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Chris Hansen/ESPN.comIrving MacArthur's Alexis Jones is the returning Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The award, given in collaboration with ESPNHS, recognizes not only athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Jones is now a finalist for Gatorade's national award.

The 5-foot-9 senior point guard averaged 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.8 steals in the 2011-12 season. She led MacArthur to a 35-3 mark and the Class 5A regional finals, where it lost to eventual state champion Duncanville in overtime.

Jones is a two-time returning All-American as named by ESPNHS. She averaged 24.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 5.0 steals as a junior, capturing the state title game's Most Valuable Player honor in leading MacArthur to the 2011 5A crown. She played for USA Basketball's 2010 women's U18 team and 2011 U19 world championship team.

In the classroom, Jones has maintained a B-plus average. In addition to volunteering locally for a food bank, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of America, she has donated her time as part of a youth literacy campaign, a holiday gift-giving initiative and multiple youth basketball organizations.

Duncanville girls just outside top 10 in FAB 50

March, 6, 2012
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UIL Class 5A champion Duncanville edged up a spot to No. 11 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 girls basketball rankings.

The other area girls teams in the FAB 50, none of which reached the state tournament, held their ground from last week: No. 18 Irving MacArthur, No. 40 Dallas Lincoln and No. 43 Plano West.

In the boys FAB 50, two area teams gained ground after winning TAPPS championships. Prestonwood Christian moved up a spot to No. 12 after winning the TAPPS 5A title. TAPPS 4A champion Arlington Grace Prep gained four spots to reach No. 24.

Flower Mound Marcus, which reached this weekend's UIL Class 5A state tournament, stood firm at No. 5. South Grand Prairie slipped from No. 41 to No. 49 after losing to Marcus by one point in a regional final.

Duncanville girls elevate to No. 12 in FAB 50

February, 28, 2012
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Duncanville vaulted eight spots to No. 12 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 girls basketball national rankings after Saturday's victory over previous No. 12 Irving MacArthur in the Class 5A Region 1 championship game.

MacArthur slipped six spots to No. 18 after being denied a chance to defend its state championship.

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Defending 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln fell from No. 22 to No. 40 after losing to Rockwall in the 4A Region 2 quarterfinals. Plano West dropped from No. 28 to No. 43 after MacArthur ended the Wolves' season in the regional quarterfinals.

In the boys ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50, defending Class 5A state champion Flower Mound Marcus maintained its position at No. 5. No. 13 Prestonwood Christian also held its position.

Arlington Grace Prep, which has reached the TAPPS 4A state semifinals, moved up three spots to No. 28. South Grand Prairie also moved up three spots and sits at No. 41.

Richland, which had been No. 46, tumbled out of the rankings after its bi-district loss to Mansfield Timberview.

Duncanville edges MacArthur for state berth

February, 25, 2012
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Duncanville girls basketball team will be making a return to the state tournament final four for the first time in eight years.

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Two hallmarks of the tradition-rich program, depth and defense, are responsible for getting the Pantherettes back to Austin.

Duncanville defeated defending Class 5A state champion Irving MacArthur and its sensational senior guard Alexis Jones in overtime, 62-55, in the Class 5A Region I title game Saturday afternoon at Wilkerson-Grienes Activity Center.

Jones, a Duke signee rated the No. 3 senior in the nation by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz, scored 31 points but was limited to two field goals (on eight shots) in the fourth quarter and overtime.

If ever a team’s defense can be commended for allowing a player 31 points, this was the game.

“Of course she got her points," said Empress Davenport, who had much of the responsibility of guarding Jones, “but we didn’t want her to get 44 like she did on Friday. Our plan was to play her to her left [Jones is left-handed] and stay between her and the basket.‘’

If Jones got past one defender, another in a blue Duncanville jersey was usually waiting to pounce. The 5-9 senior was 9-of-29 from the field (including 4-of-11 on 3-pointers) and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. She had 13 rebounds.

“I really thought we would take control when it went to overtime,’’ Jones said. “It was very physical. There was a lot of contact, but some of that goes with being who I am.’’

Duncanville (38-1) got a big lift from Antiona Robinson off the bench with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. Consecutive baskets by the 6-1 junior post put the Pantherettes in front for good, 56-55, with 1:10 remaining in overtime.

“Whenever I get my chance, I try to play my heart out,’’ Robinson said.

Jones scored the first four points in overtime for a 55-51 lead, but MacArthur (35-3) went scoreless in the final three minutes.

Duncanville guard Morgan Bolton extended the lead to three with a driving bank shot with 30 seconds to go after Jones was called for traveling.

Davenport was fouled and sank to free throws after rebounding a Jones miss with 12 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.

“I really didn’t think we came to play today like we are capable,’’ Jones said. “We didn’t seem to start to play until the end of the game.

“It is hard for a team to win back-to-back state titles.’’

Sophomore guard Ariel Atkins led Duncanville with 15 points. Davenport, battling her way out of a shooting slump, and Kiara Perry each had 12 points.

“I felt like this was the state championship game,’’ Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “That was a great basketball game. Alexis Jones is one of the greatest players we’ve come up against. We’re extremely excited to be going to state. The girls worked hard for it.’’

Davenport agreed: “Getting up every day and running lines, nobody deserved to win today more than we did. We have what it takes to win it all.’’

No. 1 MacArthur rolls behind Jones' 44 points

February, 24, 2012
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lubbock Coronado had no answers for Alexis Jones in a 76-62 loss to Irving MacArthur in the regional semifinals.

The senior Duke commit, No. 3 in the ESPNU 100 rankings, scored 44 points for the Cardinals, who are ranked No. 2 in the ESPN Dallas Top 10.

Despite her huge night, Jones said wasn't totally satisfied with her performance.

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"I really don't know how I did it because I had a bad shooting game," Jones said. "I'm just glad we pulled out a win."

Jones started out cold, but still managed to score 16 points in the first half to put the Cardinals up 35-22 at the break.

She came out of the locker room on fire, scoring 15 points in the third. Coronado wouldn't quit though.

A 9-1 run helped to pull Coronado within three late in the third, but a buzzer-beater by Jones put MacArthur up 51-45 heading into the fourth.

Coronado pulled back within three early in the fourth, but Jones took over for good.

Despite the win, Cardinals head coach Suzie Oelschlegel said she hopes her team can improve on defense and on the boards.

"We got the ugly out, I hope," Oelschlegel said. "We've got to do a much better job on the boards."

MacArthur advances to play No. 2 Duncanville in the Region 1 final Saturday at 1 p.m.
CLASS 5A REGION 1 GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

(At Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Grines Activity Center)

FRIDAY'S SEMIFINALS

6 p.m.: Irving MacArthur vs. Lubbock Coronado

8 p.m.: Duncanville vs. Amarillo

SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP

1 p.m.: Semifinal winners

HOW THEY GOT HERE

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Irving MacArthur (34-2): The District 6-5A champion defeated Mansfield in bi-district 81-53; Keller in area 64-47; Plano West in regional quarterfinals 67-60.

Lubbock Coronado (27-6): The District 2-5A champion defeated El Paso Eastwood in bi-district 70-44; Arlington Bowie in area 55-52; Lubbock Monterey in regional quarterfinals 55-43.

Duncanville (36-1): The District 5-5A champion defeated Hurst L.D. Bell in bi-district 68-33; Flower Mound Marcus in area 50-31; Southlake Carroll in regional quarterfinals 60-46.

Amarillo (28-6): The District 2-5A runner up (to Coronado) defeated El Paso Americas in bi-district 56-44; Arlington Martin in area 68-41; Arlington Lamar in regional quarterfinals 58-54.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Irving MacArthur: Alexis Jones (5-9, Sr. G) is the team's leading scorer, No. 3 recruit nationally and Duke commit; Ayriel Anderson (5-4, Sr. G) is MacArthur’s speedy point guard and second leading scorer.

Coronado: Suzzy Dimba (5-10, Jr. F) is averaging 12 points per game; Lizzy Dimba (5-10, sr. F) averages 10.2 points per game.

Duncanville: Empress Davenport (5-10, Sr. G) is the team's leading scorer, No. 70 national recruit and a Texas signee; Tasia Foman (5-6, So. G) is the team’s second leading scorer averaging 13 points per game.

Amarillo: Krista Strange (6-1, Sr. P) will be a defensive nightmare in the post; Alexius Dawn (5-8, Sr. G) scored 12 against Arlington Lamar in the region quarterfinal.

LAST YEAR

Irving MacArthur: Won the 5A state championship.

Lubbock Coronado: Lost to North Crowley 74-57 in the regional quarterfinal round.

Duncanville: Lost to Midland in the regional final 60-48.

Amarillo: Lost to Midland 54-43 in the regional quarterfinals.

Girls: Jones powers MacArthur past Plano West

February, 21, 2012
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CARROLLTON, Texas -- Irving MacArthur coach Suzie Oelschlegel went bouncing through the gym, hugging every well wisher and even dancing with a few before finally plopping down in one of the seats on Irving MacArthur's bench.

"I'm really about to pass out," she said.

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Having a state title under your belt apparently doesn't make winning a third-round playoff game any less sweet.

And why should it? Players like Alexis Jones don't come around too often, and the defending champion Lady Cardinals got one step closer to a second consecutive title with a 67-60 win over Plano West at Hebron High School on Tuesday.

MacArthur advances to the Class 5A Region I semifinals against Lubbock Coronado.

"Our program is so blessed to have this kid," Oelschlegel said of Jones. "She is a fun, fun kid to watch. She's such a humble young lady. She is truly something special."

Plano West (34-3), which lost to MacArthur in the third round last year, had no answer for Jones. She finished with 35 points and eight rebounds as the crowd held its breath every time she touched the ball.

She was especially strong in the fourth quarter where she scored 14 points, which included the necessary free throws to ice the game.

"They were trying to trap me," Jones said of Plano West's defense. "Every time I got the ball, they were just trying to trap the ball and try to see if the other girls could do something with the ball."

But despite Jones' performance, Plano West hung in the game thanks to Brea Mitchell (20 points), Tyara Warren-Cox (13 points) and Devri Owens (9 points), who ignited the Lady Wolves' typically balanced scoring attack.

MacArthur (34-2) opened up an early 10-2 lead behind a scoring barrage by Jones, but the Lady Cardinals spent the rest of the half trying to fight off a pesky Plano West offense that blew through Cedar Hill's man defense last week but had a tough time getting to the net against MacArthur's 2-3 zone.

Shot selection was also an issue for the Lady Cardinals. While they were taking wild 3-point attempts, Plano West was connecting on high-percentage shots.

The result was a couple of blown leads for MacArthur and a 33-33 tie at halftime following a Paige Womack free throw in the final seconds of the second quarter.

"Coach O told us to stop settling for 3s and start taking it to the basket," Jones said. "They couldn't really guard us taking it to the basket."

MacArthur made better decisions in the second half though. Off-balance 3-point attempts were replaced with drives to the hoop and short jumpers.

After an Owens 3-pointer to open the second half gave Plano West its only lead of the game, Jones scored six straight points and got a block that set up another duece, helping turn a three-point deficit into a seven-point lead in a little less than three minutes.

"They came out of that third quarter determined," Oelschlegel said.

Owens finished the third quarter with another 3-pointer that got Plano West within five, but a Jones 3-point play shortly after seemed to break Plano West's will and the Lady Cardinals cruised from there.

"We knew it was going to be a hard one," Jones said. "It was a good game."

Jones' 27 leads MacArthur girls into third round

February, 17, 2012
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COLLEYVILLE, Texas -- There’s an element of danger for Alexis Jones’ basketball teammates at Irving MacArthur.

Jones’ bullet passes often catch unsuspecting teammates by surprise. Embarrassment can be only a part of the price to pay.

Her fellow Lady Cardinals couldn’t handle a few potential assists Friday night, but it was no concern as MacArthur breezed to a 64-47 victory over Keller in a Class 5A Region I area-round playoff at Colleyville Heritage.

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Jones, a Duke signee rated the No. 3 senior in the nation by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz, led the defending Class 5A state champions in points (27) and rebounds (nine).

“We have to be aware of Alexis passes at all times,’’ said backcourt mate Ayriel Anderson (17 points), a teammate of Jones since eighth grade. “Sometimes her passes are hard to catch with all the spin she puts on it. But that's no excuse for missing one. They are usually right on target.’’

Jones, a left-handed 5-foot-9 point guard, topped her 24-point season average by hitting 8-of-20 field goals (including four 3-pointers) and 7-of-10 free throws.

“If she’s not the best guard in the country, I’d like to see the best,’’ said Keller coach Doug Sporrer. “She can shoot the 3 and she’s quick enough to go past a defender. Most can do one or the other, but not both. That’s why they’re the defending state champs.’’

MacArthur (33-2), No. 1 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10 and No. 13 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50, extended a press to force 13 Keller turnovers and build an 18-point halftime lead.

“We tried to get out fast and get a lead because we knew they could shoot the 3s,’’ said Anderson.

“Three-pointers are Keller’s game, and we had to be aware of a couple of their shooters,’’ MacArthur coach Suzie Oelschlegel said. “I thought we played some pretty good defense.’’

Keller (27-7), the District 7-5A co-champion, managed to hit four 3-pointers in the first half, but only three 2-point field goals.

Credit Keller, which picked up the program’s first playoff victory since 1999 in the bi-district round, for keeping the deficit inside 20 points for the game’s final 10 minutes.

“I’m proud of the way we battled in the second half,’’ said Keller’s Sporrer.

Taylor Vincent, a 5-foot-10 senior, led Keller with 20 points. Lindsey Miner, a 5-foot-7 senior, chipped in with 11.

MacArthur’s victory sets up a No. 1 vs. No. 3 third-round playoff meeting against Plano West (34-2). The game is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at Hebron.

The teams have met once, with the Lady Cardinals defeating Plano West, 56-51, in a tournament game on Nov. 19.

Irving MacArthur beats Trinity for playoff spot

February, 15, 2012
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EULESS, Texas -- Irving MacArthur boys basketball coach Toby Martin gave Dequcelan Bagsby some good halftime advice for breaking out of a shooting slump.

“I told him if he could see just one ball through the net, things will turn around,’’ Martin said. “I wanted him to take the ball to the basket and try to get to the free throw line.’’

The 5-4 junior guard took the words to heart and responded with a breakout 18-point second half, leading the Cardinals to a 69-64 victory over Euless Trinity on Tuesday night at Trojans Gym.

“I knew we needed somebody to step up because the playoffs were on the line,’’ said Bagsby, who converted on eight free throw chances, all coming in the second half. “I look at myself as someone that can be a spark. I think of my height is an advantage. When I’m out there, I feel like I’m 6-1.’’

Said Martin: “Our guys love Dequcelan, not just for the way he plays, but they respect the obstacles he’s had to overcome.’’

Trinity coach Mark Villines said Bagsby is a tough matchup for his team.

“He hurt us the first time we played them, too,’’ Villines said. “He’s so quick, he can get to the basket, but he shoots well enough outside that you have to go out and guard him.’’

By winning, MacArthur (15-15) clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in District 6-5A with a 9-7 record.

Trinity (14-14, 7-9) could have forced a Friday play-in game with MacArthur had it won.

“There’s a big difference between play-in and playoff T-shirts,’’ Martin said.

Trinity led by 11 at halftime, but MacArthur put together a 13-0 run in the final three minutes of the third period. Bagsby scored seven in that stretch, including a 3-pointer seconds before the third-period buzzer for MacArthur’s first lead since the opening quarter.

The Trojans built the lead back to eight points in the fourth period, only to see MacArthur close the game on a 16-3 run.

“It is the same things that plagued us all year,’’ Villines said. “Turnovers, missed free throws and poor shot selection in crucial stretches.’’

MacArthur went ahead for good on Devonte Willis’ drive down the right side of the lane with 38 seconds remaining.

With its season on the line, Trinity failed to convert on its final two possessions.

Mike Udume led Trinity with 23 points and 6-8 sophomore Myles Turner had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

For MacArthur, Tavarius Shine had eight rebounds and matched Bagsby in points with 20.

Martin credited the defensive effort of Jordan Woods for holding sophomore Adrian Wong to two points and no field goals.

MacArthur will face District 5-5A champion South Grand Prairie (31-2) in a bi-district playoff.

What we got right: Irving MacArthur and Dallas Lincoln never faltered throughout the season, as both were in the No. 1 spot every week. The entire 5A poll remained the same from last week.

What we got wrong: Not much. Waxahachie earned its way into the final regular-season 4A poll with votes from all participants.

Say hello to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Waxahachie

Say goodbye to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Denton Ryan

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Four teams scrap for final 6-5A playoff berths

February, 9, 2012
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Four District 6-5A boys basketball teams are competing for the final two playoff berths with two dates remaining in the regular season.

Richland and Colleyville Heritage have wrapped up the top spots, leaving Irving Nimitz, Irving MacArthur, Euless Trinity and Grapevine to scrap for the final two postseason passes.

Here’s a look at the teams remaining in the race for the final two playoff spots:

*Nimitz (8-6 in 6-5A), the surprise team under first-year head coach Joel Donalson, is in third place with two games remaining, at first-place Richland on Friday and home to last-place Irving on Tuesday. One win assures Nimitz of third place. Should Nimitz finish in a tie in the standings with MacArthur or Trinity, Nimitz owns the tiebreaker advantage, having swept both in head-to-head play.

*Fourth-place MacArthur (7-7), finishes against the two teams immediately below in the standings, hosting sixth-place Grapevine on Friday and visiting fifth-place Trinity on Tuesday. MacArthur posted two-point wins over Grapevine and Trinity in the first round of district games. Two MacArthur wins assure the Cardinals a playoff berth. They can also wrap up a spot with a loss to Grapevine and a win over Trinity, providing Grapevine loses to Richland in the season finale.

*Trinity (7-8), currently in fifth place, is open on Friday and finishes with a home game against MacArthur on Tuesday, a game it must win to have a shot at going forward. Trinity remained in the playoff hunt with a 53-43 win over Grapevine on Tuesday.

*Grapevine (6-8), lodged in sixth, plays at MacArthur on Friday and finishes at home against first-place Richland. It will have to win both to have a crack at the playoffs because Nimitz already has eight wins and the Trinity-MacArthur winner is assured of eight wins, as well. Grapevine was swept in the season series with Trinity, split with Nimitz and lost the first encounter to MacArthur.

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