HEARNE – It’s on to round three for the No. 1-ranked University Trojans.
Showing its ability to score from all angles, University cruised to its second straight blowout postseason victory with an 84-51 win over Huntsville in the Region III-5A area playoffs on Thursday.
University (28-8) advances to the regional quarterfinals to play the winner of Leander Rouse and Nacogdoches, who face off Friday in Madisonville.
It was another laugher for the dialed-in Trojans, who busted out to a 49-18 halftime lead. University won its playoff opener over Jacksonville, 89-39, earlier in the week.
Junior swingman Justin Williams, a deceptive force on the offensive glass, was one of four Trojans to score in double figures with 17 points.
Shooting guard Corey Montgomery swished in 16, senior point guard Umoja Gibson scored 15 points and distributed 15 assists, and Antoine Hailey contributed 13 points.
The win guarantees a better finish for University than last year, after the Trojans bowed out in the area round last season.
But the Trojans have higher goals in their mind as they hope to reach the state tournament in their final season under head coach Rodney Smith, who recently took University’s head football coaching position.
Laneville 95, Abbott 60: The hot-shooting Yellowjackets bounced out the Panthers in Region IV-1A area-round play.
Laneville had a bye through bi-district, and played like a well-rested team. The Yellowjackets advance to face the Milford-Calvert winner in the regional quarterfinals.
Slocum 71, Coolidge 62: A year after reaching the state tournament, the Yellow Jackets saw their run come to an end in the second round of the playoffs.
Slocum pulled out the tight win to end Coolidge’s quest to return to state. The Mustangs (21-14) will next meet the winner of Friday’s game between Jonesboro and Wells.