LANEVILLE — Let's call it Oakwood vs. Laneville: Take 2.
Class 1A Division II boys basketball shifts its attention to East Texas tonight when the programs collide for the second time this season. The matchup features the state's top-ranked team, Oakwood, and third-ranked squad, Laneville.
Oakwood (19-2, 7-0 in District 25-1A Division II) pulled through to beat Laneville (21-6, 5-1) in the first meeting between the teams back in December. Baylor pledge Damiyne Durham, a 6-5 shooting guard, led the Panthers with 32 points in the victory.
The league opener delivered back-and-forth drama and went into overtime, culminating with an 87-84 final score. At the time Oakwood was ranked second and Laneville was fourth.
Oakwood's Jordan Hawkins and David Allen finished with 19 points each.
Laneville's top scorers were Ty Johnson (27 points) and Tra Alexander (25 points). Donta Harris added 18 points and Kendrick Anderson contributed 12.
Since then, the teams have combined to go 11-0 in district and have been impressive along the way. Oakwood's lone losses non-district came against 1A second-ranked Grapeland (91-74) and Madisonville (77-66).
Oakwood's top players have consistently been Durham, Anderson and Hawkins.
Durham averages 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on the season, while Anderson averages 20 points and eight boards. Hawkins contributes 10 points and nine rebounds per game.
Whitehouse coach Kelley faces former team
JACKSONVILLE — Whitehouse boys basketball coach Brent Kelley will go against his former team when the Wildcats travel to take on Jacksonville in a District 16-4A matchup today.
The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the JISD Gymnasium, formerly Lon Morris College's Smith Special Events Center. The girls game begins at 6 p.m.
Kelley compiled a 106-30 record in four seasons at Jacksonville before leaving for Whitehouse in July. His final Indians squad finished 33-2 and won its first 32 games.
Whitehouse is 19-5 on the season and 3-1 in district, while Jacksonville has records of 18-7 and 3-1.
Jacksonville is now coached by Mark Alexander.
The teams meet against Feb. 7 in Whitehouse.