Boys Basketball Heads to Regional Tourney for first time in 33 years

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Jumping out to a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, the boys basketball team never trailed en-route to a 79-58 win against Waxahachie to qualify for the Regional tournament for the first time in 33 years. Talon photo by Leila Saidane

Henry Patton

Jumping out to a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, the boys basketball team never trailed en-route to a 79-58 win against Waxahachie to qualify for the Regional tournament for the first time in 33 years.

The Eagles had five players who scored in double figures overwhelming Waxahachie, who had won eight games in a row.

“We were ready for a playoff game,” head coach Kevin Lawson said. “We came out and got a good start and big lead, we just slowly got a bigger lead as the game progressed.”

Despite being doubled for most of the game, Cason Wallace was still able to pass and rebound well to finish with 18 points.

“I knew that if I got my teammates involved they would get me involved, so I got buckets off of them,” Wallace said.

In a last gasp effort, Waxahachie started fouling center Gannon Parker late in fourth quarter hoping he would miss free throws, but he went eight of nine from the line.

“I think it was a pretty bad idea on their part,” Parker said. “We kept the lead, and I kept hitting them.”

The Eagles will face off against Odessa Permian in the Regional round of the playoffs in Fort Worth at Wilkerson-Greines Center at 8 p.m. on Friday. Permian has won 27 of their last 28 games.