LINDALE — Longview’s pressure defense made things difficult for Lindale all game Thursday and it was that defense that provided the game-saving and game-winning plays.
The Lobos won 63-62 in overtime to close out Day 1 of the Hoop Heaven Classic at Lindale’s Eagle Gymnasium.
Lobos senior Dorian Leonard prevented the Eagles from getting off a potential game-winning shot in regulation. In overtime, another Lobos steal led to a layup by Leonard and 63-59 lead with 5 seconds left.
Lindale’s Jordan Gray let loose with a deep 3-pointer off the glass to make it 63-62, but only 1.2 seconds remained and Longview was able to get the ball in bounds to end the game.
Despite the loss, Lindale coach Scott Albritton was proud of the Eagles’ performance.
“I can’t be more proud than I am right now of them,” Albritton said. “They hustled the entire game. We were out-athleted; we had some turnovers, but we just played soundly and I thought rebounding is what hurt us.
“On the defensive end we really took a step forward and we made some open shots.”
Lindale attempted just 33 field goals total in the four sessions and overtime, but converted 22 of those while also draining eight 3-pointers.
The Eagles trailed throughout until a 6-0 run in the fourth period gave Lindale a 53-51 lead thanks to a fast-break layup by Jacob Capo.
Leonard brought Longview back and a free throw by Jordan Whitaker tied the game, with Lindale unable to get a shot off in the final 37 seconds of regulation. In overtime, Cadell Williams connected on baskets for the Lobos with Court Brown scoring for Lindale, but the steal at the end sealed the victory for the Lobos.
Lindale will next face Robert E. Lee, which defeated North Forney in its game early in the day, at 7:30 p.m. today. Longview will play North Forney at 3 p.m.
The schedule has been altered a little bit for Friday due to the incoming icy weather. There will now be nine games played on Friday with Lindale and Troup at 9 a.m. and Whitehouse and North Forney at 9 p.m.
The Classic concludes with six games on Saturday.
BOYS: ROBERT E. LEE 52, NORTH FORNEY 49
The Red Raiders (5-1) overcame a brutal third period to blitz North Forney in the final eight minutes and pull out a three-point victory. Lee was held without a field goal in the third to trail 38-29 entering the fourth.
Jack Calhoun finally ended REL’s drought when he took it upon himself with a strong drive for a three-point play. It was one of several strong moves to the basket by Calhoun, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
“That is just a confidence booster for us,” Calhoun said of the win. “We just kept attacking. We just never give up; that is what we are coached every day and you see what happens.”
Calhoun’s basket started Lee on a 12-2 run to pull within a point, 42-41, on a basket by Rico Major. North Forney responded and led 49-45 with 2:45 left before REL used two baskets from Calhoun and a 3-pointer by Caleb Johnston to rally back for the win.
Johnston nailed two treys in the all-important fourth period after he was held scoreless in the third. The senior was REL’s offense in the first half to keep the Red Raiders close, scoring 16 of his team-high 22 points. He also had seven rebounds and two steals.
North Forney was paced in the loss by 27 points from Armani Watts. Watts’ 3-pointer gave the Falcons a 47-44 lead, but REL outscored North Forney 8-2 after that.
GIRLS: LINDALE 60, WEST RUSK 40
Natasha Malone was a tour de force for the Lindale as she finished with a team-high 14 points, four steals, six rebounds and three blocks with Lindale taking care of West Rusk.
The Eagles also received nine points and two steals from Heather Gilbert and eight apiece from Paige Murphy and Megan Seawright.
Lindale led 16-12 at the end of the first period, but took control in the second period, thanks to a 15-4 run and held off West Rusk’s comeback attempts in the second half.
West Rusk’s Tierney Reddic scored 12 points to go along with four steals and five rebounds while Jasmine Session had six steals in the loss. Tiara Wilosn finished with eight points and five rebounds.
BOYS: WHITEHOUSE 68, LONGVIEW 63
The Wildcats used a 9-0 run in the opening minutes of the game to build a 9-2 lead and the Lobos spent the rest of the contest making run after run to try and get even.
The closest Longview came was one point, 64-63, on a free throw by Jordan Whitaker.
But Whitehouse had an answer for everything the Lobos threw at them and Jake Parker sealed a five-point victory, converting four free throws in the final 23 seconds.
Parker finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Whitehouse (4-0) while Patrick Mahomes filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and four assists. The Wildcats leading scorer was Spencer Shaw, who drained three 3-pointers for his 20 points.
Longview (4-3) was paced by Whitaker’s 19 points. He added five rebounds and three steals to that effort. Dorian Leonard finished with 11 points and five rebounds with D’Keilen Lynch adding 11 points.
At Lindale High School
Girls: West Rusk 61, Troup 42
Boys: Lindale 49, Pine Tree 26
Boys: Whitehouse 68, Longview 63
Girls: Pine Tree 42, Henderson 29
Boys: Robert E. Lee 52, North Forney 49
Girls: Lindale 60, West Rusk 40
Boys: Longview 63, Lindale 62, TO
Girls: Lindale vs. Troup, 9 a.m.
Girls: West Rusk vs. Henderson, 10:30 a.m.
Boys: Robert E. Lee vs. Pine Tree, noon
Girls: Pine Tree vs. Troup, 1:30 p.m.
Boys: N. Forney vs. Longview, 3 p.m.
Boys: Pine Tree vs. Whitehouse, 4:30 p.m.
Girls: Lindale vs. Henderson, 6 p.m.
Boys: Lindale vs. Robert E. Lee, 7:30 p.m.
Boys: Whitehouse vs. North Forney, 9 p.m.
Girls: Pine Tree vs. West Rusk, noon
Girls: Troup vs. Henderson, 1:30 p.m.
Boys: Pine Tree vs. Longview, 3 p.m.
Boys: Robert E. Lee vs. Whitehouse, 4:30 p.m.
Girls: Lindale vs. Pine Tree, 6 p.m.
Boys: Lindale vs. North Forney, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Box Scores
Game No. 2 Boys
Lindale 49, Pine Tree 26
Pine Tree 6 9 1 10 — 26
Lindale 19 10 19 1 — 49
PINE TREE — Smith, 3; Robinson, 4; Hayes, 4; Adams, 4; Chumley, 2; Lee, 1; Manns, 2; Hines, 6.
LINDALE — Terry, 16; Alvarez, 4; Gray, 8; Brown, 2; Boaz, 5; Lopez, 1; Capo, 13.
Game No. 3 Boys
Whitehouse 68, Longview 63
Longview 17 14 15 17 — 63
Whitehouse 21 21 13 13 — 68
LONGVIEW — Stephon Anthony, 7; D’Keilen Lynch, 11; Devonte Williams, 0; Jaleel Bourque, 0; Cadell Williams, 8; Jordan Whitaker, 19; Terez O’Quinn, 4; Travin Howard, 1; Kendall Jones, 0; Jamycal Hasty, 0; Dorian Leonard, 11; Antoine Anthony, 0; Jay Head, 2. FG: 24-62. FT: 13-22.
WHITEHOUSE — Jaylon Dews, 8; Jacob Lundmark, 0; Pat Mahomes, 17; Jake Parker, 17; Bryce Hand, 0; Trey Wheeler, 0; Brady Hill, 4; Isiah Clark, 2; Spencer Shaw, 20. FG: 23-55. FT: 16-17.
THREE-POINT GOALS — LV (2-8): Anthony, Lynch. WH(6-19): Shaw (3), Dews (2), Parker.
RECORDS—Longview 4-3; Whitehouse 4-0.
Game No. 5 Boys
Robert E. Lee 52, North Forney 49
North Forney 12 11 15 11—49
Robert E. Lee 11 14 4 23—52
NORTH FORNEY — Braylon Johnson, 4; Tyrell Choice, 8; Armani Watts, 27; Kobie Jefferson, 0; Marquis Page, 0; JaCorey Jones, 2; Parrish Price, 2; Aaron Conant, 4; Cameron Justice, 2; Jacoby Armstrong, 0; Jeremy Tarrant, 0. FG: 20-49. FT: 5-7.
ROBERT E. LEE — Rico Major, 5; D’Varius Taylor, 0; Demodrick Barker, 3; Jack Calhoun, 15; Robert Pulliam, 2; Kevin Ramsey, 2; Brian Brite, 0; Caleb Johnston, 22; John Michael Brattlof, 0; Paxton Potter, 3. FG: 18-42. FT: 11-14.
THREE-POINT GOALS — NF (4-21): Watts (4). REL (5-14): Johnston (3), Calhoun, Potter.
RECORDS — North Forney 4-1; Robert E. Lee 5-1.
Game No. 6 Girls
Lindale 60, West Rusk 40
West Rusk 12 10 15 3—40
Lindale 16 19 14 11—60
WEST RUSK — Moe Wright, 4; Tierney Reddic, 12; Allison Nutt, 1; Ashley Meador, 0; Sara Buckner, 6; Jazmine Sanchez, 6; Jasmine Session, 3; Tiara Wilson, 8.
LINDALE — Paige Murphy, 8; McKenna Cox, 5; Jade Mauldin, 2; Natasha Malone, 14; Kamryn Pilkington, 7; Heather Gilbert, 9; Megan Seawright, 8; Micaela Walker, 6; Symone Brookins, 3.
THREE-POINT GOALS — WR (0-3): None. L (4-15): Murphy (2), Cox, Brookins.
RECORDS — West Rusk 7-2; Lindale 4-3.
Game No. 7 Boys
Longview 63, Lindale 62 (OT)
Lindale 9 15 19 12 7—62
Longview 14 13 18 10 8—63
LINDALE — Laettner Greenhill, 4; Mason Terry, 21; Jordan Gray, 12; Court Brown, 5; Brian Boz, 6; Jacob Capo, 14. FG: 24-33. FT: 6-8.
LONGVIEW — Stephon Anthony, 3; Devonte Williams, 0; Jaleel Bourque, 3; Cadell Williams, 15; Jordan Whitaker, 15; Terez O’Quinn, 5; Travin Howard, 0; Kendall Jones, 0; Jamyal Hasty, 0; Dorian Leonard, 10; Antoine Anthony, 0; Jay Head, 12. FG: 26-60. FT: 9-15.
THREE-POINT GOALS — LIN: (8-15): Gray (4), Terry (3), Brown. LON: Bourque, O’Quinn.
RECORDS—Lindale 3-3; Longview 5-3.