Boys Basketball Roundup — Buzzer-beater sends Whitewright to playoffs
WHITEWRIGHT — Aaron Pitt's buzzer-beater from just inside half-court gave the Whitewright Tigers a 48-46 victory and a playoff spot in the District 11-3A finale.
Howe had just taken the lead on a lay-up before Pitt's winner clinched the postseason berth. If Whitewright (16-8, 9-5) had lost, Howe (9-9, 7-7) would have advanced to the playoffs with the final berth thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tigers.
Instead, the Bulldogs ended up fifth in the standings after Blue Ridge beat Bonham to tie Whitewright for third. Blue Ridge got the third seed thanks to sweeping Whitewright, which is the fourth seed and will face the District 12-3A champion in the bi-district round.
Bells 58, Gunter 32
In Gunter, Tanner Carter scored 23 points as Bells earned the District 11-3A championship outright as it closed out the regular season with a victory over Gunter.
Bells (19-3, 12-2) would have shared the title with Pottsboro with a loss and a Pottsboro win. The Panthers will open the playoffs against Paris Chisum at 8 p.m. on Friday at Greenville.
Kenny Burkholder had 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Cole Lemons added six points, 15 rebounds and six steals for Gunter (4-13, 2-12), which tied Leonard for seventh in the district standings.
Pottsboro 83, Leonard 54
In Pottsboro, the second-place Cardinals finished out District 11-3A play with a victory against Leonard.
Pottsboro (20-5, 11-3) will take on Emory Rains in the first round of the playoffs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Lovejoy.
Leonard (4-17, 2-12) ended the season tied for seventh in the district standings.
Collinsville 52, Era 46
In Valley View, Luis Hernandez had 15 points, six steals and five assists as Collinsville won a play-in game to earn the district’s final playoff spot with a victory over Era.
Thomas Mendell added 13 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Grayson Ward chipped in seven points and four steals and Nathen Bocanegra totaled six points and eight rebounds for the Pirates (10-13, 7-6), who will face Celeste in the bi-district round at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Anna.
Era (6-13, 6-7) had lost to Alvord in the district finale to set up the play-in game.
Collinsville won four straight to make the postseason, including a 34-33 win at Chico to force the play-in contest.
Gavin Giasson had 13 points, Hernandez added seven points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals and Jace Crisp and Mendell each grabbed six rebounds for Collinsville.
Chico finished the season 1-23 overall and 0-12 in district play.
Muenster 63, Tioga 30
In Muenster, DeVon English Jr. scored 12 points as sixth-place Tioga ended its season with a loss to tri-district champion Muenster.
Evan Mayes added six points and Logan Westbrook chipped in four points for Tioga (7-18, 3-9).
Muenster (10-7, 9-3) ended tied with Lindsay and Alvord for first in the standings. The teams drew their seedings with Alvord getting the top seed, followed by Lindsay and then Muenster.
Wolfe City 43, Tom Bean 38
In Tom Bean, the Tomcats were eliminated from the playoff chase with a loss against second-place Wolfe City in the final game of the season.
Tom Bean (9-11, 4-8) needed to win to tie Honey Grove in fourth place and force a play-in game for the last berth.
Wolfe City (13-9, 9-3) tied Bland for second place and those two will determine the second and third seeds for the playoffs.
TAPPS District 2-2A
Fort Worth Covenant Classical 73, Texoma Christian 68, OT
In Forth Worth, Thomas Barnett scored 19 points but Texoma Christian came up short in overtime against Covenant Classical in district play.
Kason Williams had 18 points, Landon Keizer added eight points and Bryce Ryeczyk and Michael Tan each chipped in seven points for TCS (9-4, 3-2), which is now tied with Covenant Classical (11-8, 3-2) in second place.
Van Alstyne 92, Grandview 53
In Van Alstyne, the Panthers earned a non-district victory against Grandview.
Van Alstyne (18-8) is scheduled to face Mount Pleasant at Greenville on Monday in non-district action before opening the playoffs as the top seed out of District 9-4A.