North Crowley took on a disciplined Justin Northwest (17-15) team that head coach Mike Hatch had prepared for the intensity and pressure defense the Panthers were about to throw at them. Trailing by 3 going into the 4th quarter, 36-33, Northwest was able to draw even at 41-41 with four minutes remaining. After 28 minutes of constant pressure from coach Tommy Brakel's experienced group, the Texans finally broke down. A quick 6-0 run fueled by consecutive turnovers put the Panthers ahead by the final margin they would win by.
Jalan McCloud - North Crowley - 5'11" - PG - 2013
The sharpshooter hit 4 of 9 from the 3-point arc and handled the ball up and down the court. He is solid with the ball, can create and dish it and has a smooth stroke out to 23 feet. He scored 11 of NC's 19 first half points (16 total on the night) to position the Panthers for the win.
North Crowley's Bench Brandon Webb 6'5" 2013, Caleb Banks 5'6" 2014, Altez Davis 6'7" 2013
The three subs combined for 20 points on the night in which points were a premium. With no other scorers in double figures, North Crowley showed their depth and that any number of players can step up and help the Panthers to victory.
The active sophomore made plays with quick bounce to the rim and a soft touch inside 15 feet. He moves to the rim without the ball and has a knack for being in the right place. He led all scorers on the night with 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting.
A steady and quick floor leader took care of the ball and made good defense against a defense that didn't relent for 32 minutes. He hit cutters to the rim for easy buckets early, was patient against the press and stayed the course on a hectic night.
Lewisville Hebron 48 Euless Trinity 40
This one looked like a route early as Coach Mark Bishop's Hebron Hawks jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the 1st quarter. Coach Mark Villines steadied Trinity as they righted the ship and went into the locker room trailing just 25-22. Hebron's physical, intense and disciplined man-to-man defense never allowed the Trojans to get open looks in rhythm in the 2nd half. A steady diet of free throws down the stretch and Hebron was able to move on.
The tough and confident floor leader makes all the right plays and is just the smartest and toughest player on the floor. He is a good shooter with 3 point range, is strong and quick with the ball and loves the heat of the moment. He hit 13 of 17 from the foul line as he forced Trinity into fouling him as he drew contact off the dribble. He finished with 25 points as he also hit 2 of 5 from the arc.
He brings athleticism and bounce to the floor for the Hawks as he can slash to the rim and finish in traffic. He is an efficient scorer as he combines high percentages shots with trips to the free throw line. He added 14 points while grabbing 8 rebounding and playing solid perimeter defense.
Maurice White - Euless Trinity - 6'2" - SG - 2013
A strong and aggressive guard who can get to the hole and finish. He is a good perimeter defender, can slash to the hole and plays hard.