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.
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.