AREA BOYS HOOPS: Chitsey, No. 11 Wall Stay Red-Hot Against Sonora
SONORA, TX -- The no. 11-ranked Wall Hawks stayed red-hot with a 62-28 rout of the Sonora Broncos on Tuesday.
Senior guard Colton Chitsey followed his 34-point performance on Friday with another double digit scoring night.
Chitsey and Zack Dusek helped Wall to a 13-4 lead after the first with five points each. Both had two three-pointers in the quarter. Baylor Halfmann had the third.
Chitsey kept his scoring ways in the third quarter with another six points, including another three-pointer, as Wall extended their lead to 31-12 at halftime.
Wall stayed with Chitsey's hot hand and it payed off for eight of their 15 points in the third. The Hawks grew their lead to 46-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
Halfmann took over the show in the final quarter with a pair of threes. Preston Gonzales helped Sonora to their best quarter with five of their 10 fourth quarter points.
Chitsey finished the game with a game-high 19 points. Dusek was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11 points.
Thanks to a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter, Sonora's Evan Shannon finished the game with 14 points.
Wall (24-3, 8-0) will look to clinch a playoff spot this Friday when they host Grape Creek.
Sonora (10-12, 2-5) will travel to Reagan County this Friday.
Minix, Central Strengthen Playoff Push with Dominance of Weatherford
The Central Bobcats grabbed another district win with a dominant 74-36 result against the Weatherford Kangaroos on Tuesday.
The first quarter was very fast paced and high scoring. Dev Minix consistently got it done by getting five of his 17 points in the quarter. The score going into the second was 19-13.
The Bobcats played a huge second quarter. The Roo's didn't manage to get a single field goal in the quarter, and got completely picked apart of the defensive end. Central hit five three-pointers in the quarter to bring the lead at half 44-14.
The three pointers did not stop at halftime for the Bobcats. They hit another five three-pointers in the third and never stopped playing defense. They held the 'Roos to only eight points in the quarter. Central kept their lead going into the fourth 65-22.
For the majority of the fourth quarter, head coach Dustin Faught sat his starters. Weatherford kept it interesting by taking the final quarter 14-8.
Dev Minix finished with 17 points and a host of steals.
Central (15-10, 4-3) will travel to Euless Trinity this Friday.
Lake View Snaps Skid, Dominates Sweetwater for First District Win
The Lake View Chiefs got their first district win with a 61-44 result at Sweetwater on Tuesday, ending their three-game losing streak.
Lake View took a 13-11 lead after the first quarter against a pesky Mustang squad. Dylan Hart sparked Lake View with six points in the first.
From there, Lake View continued to score. They outscored the Mustangs 16-9 in the second quarter behind six points from Ahmad Daniels to take a 29-20 lead at the half.
Ryan Avalos kicked the Chiefs into high gear in the third quarter with 11 points as Lake View's lead grew to 48-29 entering the fourth.
Sweetwater got hot for 15 points in the fourth quarter. But Lake View never went cold, tallying 13 points in the final quarter.
Avalos finished with a game-high 13 points. Daniels posted 12 points for the Chiefs.
Lake View (12-16, 1-2) will host Big Spring this Friday looking to grab third place in District 5-4A.
Mason's Explosive First Half Dooms District Front-Runner San Saba
The Mason Punchers used a huge first half to grab control and down District 27-2A front-runner San Saba 57-42.
After taking a narrow 15-12 lead into the second quarter, the Punchers notched another 15 points while holding San Saba in check to take a 30-18 lead into halftime.
The two teams played each other close in the second half, with Mason outscoring San Saba 27-24 in the half to secure the win.
Ethan Powell finished with a team-high 14 points for Mason. Kyle Montoya and Tyson Keller each had a pair of three-pointers for the Punchers.
Mason moves to 3-1 in district play and will travel to Harper on Jan. 29.
Second Quarter Defense Lifts Ballinger Past Grape Creek
The Ballinger Bearcats used a stout defense in the second quarter to take full control in a 39-26 win over Grape Creek on Tuesday.
Grape Creek held close to Ballinger at 14-8 after the first quarter. The Bearcats then limited the Eagles to just two points in the second quarter to take a 23-10 lead into halftime.
From there, the two teams matched each other for 16 points each in the second half.
Grape Creek found rhythm in a balanced scoring regimen to outscore Ballinger 9-7 in the third quarter. Nathaniel Lopez hit a three-pointer and the trio of Juan Trujillo, Chase Stroud and Hagan Delagarza each had two points.
Ballinger matched that with their own balanced scoring in the fourth quarter to push the deficit back to 13. Keynan Gonzales had a three-pointer and Cody Harral and Jon Delgado each made a pair of free throws to lead the way in the quarter.
Ballinger's Daniel Cavasos had the game-high of eight points. Cooper Bean finished the night with seven for Ballinger on a night where 10 Bearcats got on the scoresheet.
Lopez led the way for Grape Creek with five points. In all, Grape Creek had eight players record points.
Ballinger (16-11, 5-2) will host Brady this Friday.
Grape Creek (3-18, 0-7) will travel to no. 11 Wall this Friday.
Second Half Comeback, Dennis' Big Night Keeps Eldorado Perfect in District Play
The Eldorado Eagles kept their winning ways with a 55-46 win over Ozona on the road on Tuesday.
After falling behind 28-20 in the first half, Eldorado set about making a comeback in the second half.
The Eagles got the job done on both ends of the court to take a 41-34 lead into the fourth quarter thanks to Aidan Dennis' six points.
Eldorado wouldn't cool off in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points. Five came from Kaden Gonzalez, four came from Eric Reyes, Kayden Rodriguez had two and Dennis added three for good measure to seal the win.
Eldorado (11-8, 4-0) will travel to Forsan this Friday looking to close out the first half of district play unbeaten.
Ozona (3-14, 1-3) will travel to Christoval this Friday.
Robert Lee Edges Veribest to Stay Hot in District
The Robert Lee Steers picked up a big 52-48 win over Veribest at home on Tuesday.
The Steers held an 8-3 lead after a low-scoring first quarter. Veribest cut into that deficit to make it 20-17 at halftime.
Another 14 points in the third quarter helped the Falcons pull within 33-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams exploded in the fourth quarter, but Robert Lee's 19 points kept Veribest at bay.
Jayton Warren and Casey Skipworth paved the way for the Steers. Warren had a team-high 17 points and Skipworth finished with 16.
Freshman Hayden Carlson took up the slack for the Falcons with a game-high 19 points.
Robert Lee moves to 6-1 in district play heading into Friday's clash at Water Valley.
Veribest (12-11, 4-3) will look to rebound at home against Bronte this Friday.
Other scores from around the area:
- TLCA 77, Reagan County 39
- Winters 46, Christoval 42
- Forsan 60, Miles 56
- Borden County 51, Garden City 34
- Irion County 62, Water Valley 45
- Menard 58, Lohn 25
- Eden 70, Paint Rock 38