For more than 31 minutes, the Mart and Moody boys’ basketball teams engaged in a bi-district contest that seemed destined for a dramatic ending.
Sure enough, with the clock barreling toward zeroes and the game tied, Mart junior forward Elijah Green won a scramble for the ball and found himself with a look at a game-winner.
Green calmly sunk the short baseline jumper with less than two seconds left, lifting the Panthers to a 67-65 victory over Moody on Monday night at the Robinson High School gymnasium.
“We know Elijah Green has always been our go-to guy,” Mart coach Marcus Thompson said. “He’s a great athlete, great young man. We knew with the game on the line we wanted it in his hands. He had already had a great night and he’s had a great season. He just continues to impress and keep going.”
After Green’s fateful shot went through the net, time expired before the Bearcats even had a chance to in-bound the ball.
Green finished with an impressive double-double as he scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Mart (11-6). Guard Roddrell Freeman pitched in 13 points and 9 boards and forward Logan Wehmeyer added 10 points.
The Panthers advance in the Class 2A Region III playoffs to face the winner of today’s Kerens vs. Lovelady contest.
Guard Javion Ward finished with 22 points to lead Moody (20-10). Guard Chris Kirven came off the bench to add 18 and guard Evan Norward finished with 17.
Neither team led by more than four points from late in the first quarter through the end of the game.
Moody took a 44-40 advantage when Noward connected from 3-point range midway through the third quarter. That was the first time either team pushed in front by more than three for more than 12 minutes of action.
Mart edged ahead by three when guard Jalon Kirven hit a jumper and Freeman followed soon after with a steal and a fast-break layup. Freeman’s bucket gave the Panthers a 65-62 lead with 30 seconds left.
But Moody responded by getting the ball to 3-point marksman Norward. After sidestepping a Mart defender, Norward launched a rainbow shot from beyond the arc that found the bottom of the net and tied it with 10 seconds left.
That set up the final sequence in which Green grabbed a loose ball and sent the Panthers on to the next round of the playoffs.
“We were trying to dribble drive and get it to the corner,” Thompson said. “We just happened to lose it and we just made a play. That’s the thing about our kids, they’re always going to make a play.”
Bosqueville 62, Dawson 41
Bosqueville raced past Dawson in the first quarter and cruised to a 62-41 victory in the nightcap of the 2A boys’ basketball doubleheader at the Robinson High School gym.
Bosqueville guard Zastan Madkins tossed an apparent ally-oop pass off the backboard and Tyler Webb threw down the dunk to finish a fast break that gave Bosqueville a 34-13 lead with two minutes remaining before halftime.
Dawson cut Bosqueville’s lead to 15 at the half, but Bosqueville re-established a 20-point lead early in the third quarter and never looked back.
Bosqueville advances to the area round of the playoffs to face Grapeland, which defeated Italy on Monday night. Bosqueville coach Tyler Holcomb said the schools have agreed to play in Corsicana, but have not chosen between a Thursday or Friday contest for the next round.
Webb scored 9 of his game-high 16 points in the first half to pace Bosqueville (21-4). Blake Moncus came off the bench to add 11 and Madkins finished with 10.
Montana Steele scored 11 to lead Dawson.
McGregor 63, Cameron Yoe 55
BELTON – Helped along by a super hero named Irons Man, McGregor is moving on.
The Bulldogs busted out to a strong start and never relinquished the lead in a 63-55 win over Cameron Yoe in the Class 3A boys bi-district basketball playoffs on Tuesday at Belton High School. McGregor senior Michael Irons pumped in a game-high 33 points in the victory.
McGregor (19-12) moves on to area round to play the winner of Tuesday’s bi-district contest between Palmer and Palestine Westwood.
Keilen Hicks chipped in 15 points for McGregor to supplement Irons’ big night, while Wyatt Allison had eight. For Cameron (19-14), Levi May swished in 17 points and Kobe Young scored 12.
Jarrell 60, Marlin 48
BELTON – The No. 1-ranked Cougars rode the hot shooting of D’Andre Montemayor and Garrett Sumner to a Class 3A bi-district win over the Bulldogs.
Marlin hung with Jarrell for much of the game. The Bulldogs trailed by only one point after a quarter and faced just a 30-25 deficit at halftime.
But Jarrell (25-3) found a rhythm from the perimeter and began to pull away in the second half. Marlin made one last spurt with an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull to within 57-48 with 3:14 to play, but the Bulldogs’ run stalled out there.
Grandview 69, Teague 48
CORSICANA – After losing on a buzzer-beater in the regional final in 2017, Teague’s girls basketball team was on a mission to reach state this year.
But some Zebras got in the way and messed up their plans.
Grandview knocked off eighth-ranked Teague in the Region III-3A quarterfinals to end the Lady Lions’ playoff run at Corsicana High School. The Zebras (28-8) jumped on Teague from the outset, taking a 14-7 lead after one quarter of action and maintaining that edge or more for much of the game.
Teague closes out its season at 30-3, with only its second loss to a 3A opponent.
Slocum 63, Jonesboro 49
HUBBARD – No. 12 Slocum put an end to No. 16 Jonesboro’s hopes of reaching the regional tournament with a win in the Region IV-1A quarterfinals.
The Lady Eagles fell behind by more than 20 in the first half before fighting back to within 14 by the end, but couldn’t pull any closer.