BEES BROTHERS: Senior power forward Tanner Rambeau (right) and junior guard Trae Rambeau are multiple-season standout players for Academy, whose 16th-ranked Bumblebees (19-7) battle No. 17 Franklin (18-3) in a Class 3A Region III quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School. The third-round playoff showdown will be the two programs' first matchup this season but their sixth in the last three seasons. A four-year starter for head coach James Holt, Tanner Rambeau was District 20-3A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, 19-3A's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and first-team all-district last season. Trae Rambeau has been an effective all-around reserve player the last two seasons and earned honorable mention all-district status as a sophomore. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)



By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY – Brothers Tanner and Trae Rambeau are very similar in some ways.

Both are multiple-season standout players for the Academy boys basketball team, and both have battled through significant left leg injuries this season to help the No. 16-ranked Bumblebees win their third consecutive District 19-3A championship and reach their third straight Class 3A Region III quarterfinal.

In other aspects, though, the Rambeau brothers are quite a bit different. For example, Tanner favors a shaggy hairstyle while Trae opts for a decidedly curly look.

Tanner is a senior power forward and four-year varsity starter – he was the 20-3A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and 19-3A's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore – who uses the strength of his 6-foot-4, 230-pound body to bully smaller opponents for close-range baskets and rebounds. He's also a successful defensive end in football and earned academic all-state recognition following his senior season.

Two full years younger than Tanner, the 6-1, 175-pound Trae Rambeau is a sturdy junior shooting guard who's come off the bench in his first two varsity seasons – he was an honorable mention all-district selection last year – and boosted Academy with his blend of outside shooting and aggressive, athletic play at both ends of the court. He played football until a serious arm injury in eighth grade steered him away from the gridiron.

One thing the Rambeau brothers certainly have in common is the desire to make sure that Academy's Region III quarterfinal against No. 17 Franklin won't be the final game they get to play together.

Riding a 12-game winning streak, the Bumblebees (19-7) will battle the 20-3A champion Lions (18-3) – winners of 17 straight games – in a highly anticipated third-round showdown at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School. It will be the first Academy-Franklin game this season but the teams' sixth clash in the last three seasons, including four district duels and one tournament matchup.

With both Rambeau brothers playing key roles, Academy has compiled 49 wins – highlighted by a 26-0 district record – during the last two seasons. They'd love to rack up victory No. 50, simply for the fact that they'd get to play at least one more game together in next week's Region III semifinal against the winner of Saturday's quarterfinal between No. 7 New Waverly (25-1) and No. 21 Hitchcock (24-3).

“It's been pretty cool, but it's been nothing new. I've grown up always playing with him on select teams and all that stuff,” Tanner Rambeau said Friday afternoon about sharing the court with Trae, the youngest of his three siblings. “So it hasn't been anything different, but it's cool to experience.”

Trae said his brother has steadfastly encouraged him to stay focused and give maximum effort.

“It's been good. He's always pushed me to do my best,” Trae said, sitting next to Tanner after the Bees finished a practice at their home gym, The Hive. “He'll see me not going 100 percent and he'll always get on me and make sure I'm doing my best.”

One thing that Academy fifth-year head coach James Holt has been impressed by and appreciated from the Rambeau brothers this season is the tough-minded way they've battled through injuries to continue to perform well.

Trae said he began to experience left knee discomfort one week before practice began last fall. He's worn a brace on it and been bothered by the ailment to varying degrees throughout the season.

“I was in the gym jumping and stuff and I felt a knot under my knee. It just affected because I can't put pressure on it and jump as high as I (normally) can,” said Trae, who turns 17 in March. “It hurts (to dunk now). I've got to stretch a lot before. (But) I have adrenaline in the game.”

Tanner Rambeau's major injury occurred Dec. 30 during Academy's second district game at Caldwell, where he suffered a badly sprained left ankle and was in severe pain before he had to be carried off of the court.

“It was bad. I was pretty scared at first, because I had never really rolled it before,” said Tanner, who turns 19 next month. “It blew up pretty bad and it took about two weeks for me to be able to actually put weight on it to be able to walk.”

However, Academy's four-year inside force missed only one game, a 77-74 overtime home loss Jan. 5 against 4A state-ranked Waco La Vega, which is still alive in the playoffs. Holt probably would have preferred for Tanner to take his time while recovering from the ankle sprain, but the burly senior saw things differently. He was back in the lineup Jan. 8 for the Bees' district game against Florence.

“Coach Holt definitely wanted me to stay out for some of the district games, because we're obviously one of the better teams in our district and he didn't think that it was worth me playing. But I was like, 'It's my senior year. I don't want to miss a district game,'” said Tanner, who's worn a brace on the ankle after the injury. “I missed one (non-district) game. I was in a hurry (to get) back. I was really slow at first. The strength has been coming back slowly but surely, but the flexibility's still not there. I still have to stretch it.”

Said Holt about the Rambeau brothers playing through injuries: “I think (they're gutting it out) a little bit, but once you get going in the game and the adrenaline's going, unless it's just a really major injury I think you kind of forget about it and just get going. I think Tanner really wanted to make sure he played every district game. The La Vega game this year may be the only game he's missed in four years, so he's played in a ton of games and he wants to play in every game.”

While Tanner Rambeau has been one of Academy's centerpiece players for four consecutive seasons, Trae Rambeau has had to make his presence felt in an off-the-bench, sixth-man type of role the last two seasons after playing junior varsity ball as a freshman. He's a skilled 3-point shooter and is capable of scoring in double figures in any game, yet on some nights his contributions come in other ways.

He scored only two points in Academy's 59-37 area-round demolition of Scurry-Rosser on Wednesday in Buffalo (it led 48-12 in the third quarter), but he sent his teammates and the Bees' fans into a frenzy by stepping in and sacrificing his body to draw two charging fouls.

“You're just appreciative of that, but I think we have 10 guys like that. All of our starters on another team would have a bigger role,” said Holt, who brings another talented junior guard off the bench in explosive jumper Chris Preddie. “Tanner would be averaging 20 points on some teams. (Senior wing) Jaylin McWilliams might be averaging 20 points. (Junior point guard) Darion Franklin might be averaging 20 points. (Senior shooting guard) Jerry Cephus could.

“They all could average more, but for us to be as good as we can be, I think we've got to be balanced. If you're scouting us, you can't say, 'Hey, if we take away this guy, we're going to win.' Because if you take away Tanner, then Jaylin and Darion might beat you. If you take away Jaylin, then Tanner, Darion and Jerry might beat you. We want to be balanced. Coming from my background, when we had the most success, that's what it was.”

Versatile senior guard Kollin Mraz completes Academy's starting lineup and is another player whose all-around game outweighs his scoring totals. Trae Rambeau said he and Preddie – who most likely would be go-to starters on any other team in the Bees' district – have remained focused this season on making the most of their reserve roles.

“Chris and I, we always have energy coming off the bench and we always hype each other up before we go in. We embrace it and we know our role,” said Trae, who admitted that he's looking forward to becoming a starter in his senior season. “I'm excited for next year. I feel like it's going to be fun. Chris is going be stepping up and we're going to have more of a role. That'll be fun and we're going to be a good team.”

Said Holt about the prospect of increased roles for Trae Rambeau and Preddie next season: “They'll have probably more opportunity, and that more opportunity is going to lead to more shots and more points. When it's their turn, they'll be ready for that moment.”

Rugged senior forward Tyler Lambert, sophomore wing Scout Brazeal and sophomore point guard Cole Shackelford bolster the quality of Academy's depth off the bench.

Trae Rambeau said it was his decision to stop playing football as an eighth-grader in 2017 after he came down hard on his left arm while trying to catch a deep pass at practice and broke his ulna and radius bones, requiring surgery.

However, after watching his brother – who initially did not plan to play football as a senior – and the Bees compete in the 3A Division I playoffs this past fall, Trae said, “I'm wanting to come back (to play football) next year.”


POINT-BLANK PRODUCTION: Academy senior power forward Tanner Rambeau (25) rises to score a close-range basket as junior guard Trae Rambeau (far left), his brother, looks on during the 16th-ranked Bumblebees' 70-43 win over Teague in a Class 3A bi-district playoff game last Saturday in Riesel. The Rambeaus will seek to help Academy (19-7) advance past No. 17 Franklin (18-3) in Saturday's Region III quarterfinal at 3 p.m. in Lorena. (File photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)



Neither Tanner nor Trae was the first Rambeau to excel as an Academy basketball player. Tylor Rambeau, the eldest of their two older sisters, was a standout athlete for Academy and went on to play basketball for Schreiner University in Kerrville. She now teaches in Academy ISD and coaches girls middle school athletics.

Combining high-percentage shooting in the low post with tenacious rebounding, Tanner Rambeau earned the 19-3A MVP award as a sophomore after helping Academy's 2018-19 squad win 25 games and reach the Region III quarterfinals.

Last season he had to settle for first-team all-district recognition as high-scoring teammate McWilliams captured the 19-3A MVP honor as a junior. Rambeau likely will add his third straight first-team all-district selection this season, with McWilliams and Franklin also contending to be voted 19-3A's MVP.

“As long as it's another guy from Academy, I'm fine with it,” Tanner said with a grin.

Tanner Rambeau also is a high achiever academically – he ranks in the top 6 percent of his senior class with a 4.7 grade-point average – and until very recently planned to attend Texas A&M and leave his athletic days in the past. However, he said he's now hungry to extend his football and/or basketball careers, with Mary Hardin-Baylor and Tarleton State among his potential options. He said he might still attend A&M and attempt to make the Aggies' football team via the walk-on route.

“Now I'm actually trying to play somewhere. I changed my mind since I realized that the amount of games I'm going to be able to play is shortening. I don't want to stop playing,” Tanner said. “I'm trying to play at UMHB or see if I can walk on maybe at a larger school. I've thought about walking on at A&M. I've definitely thought about walking on at Tarleton State. I'm going to be paying for school anyway.”

Not surprisingly, Trae Rambeau also aspires to keep playing beyond his Academy career.

“I haven't thought about college too much, but it's definitely a thought,” he said. “I'd love to go play after high school.”

In third straight Region III quarterfinal, Academy

expects stiff challenge from talented Franklin crew

When Holt looks at the Franklin team that Academy will play Saturday afternoon, he sees a Lions squad that bears a strong resemblance to his Bees group.

“I think they're a little similar to us in the fact that they want to play fast and they want to try to turn you over, which is a big part of our defensive philosophy,” said Holt, whose team allowed an average of 40 points in blowout playoff wins over Teague and Scurry-Rosser. “They're guard-oriented. They don't have an inside presence like Tanner, but they have guys that finish around the basket really well. They may not post up as much as we might, but they're really good at getting into the paint and finding that post player and then he finishes.”

Senior forward Seth Spiller scored 12 points Wednesday in Franklin's 61-51 area-round win over West, which led 35-26 at halftime before the resurgent Lions outscored the Trojans 35-16 in the second half.

Franklin went 14-0 in 20-3A competition, capping that perfect run when sophomore forward Bryson Washington scored a putback basket at the buzzer to give the Lions a 52-51 victory against Crockett.

It was Crockett that eliminated Academy from the Region III quarterfinals in 2019 and 2020, both times in physical, intense battles at College Station A&M Consolidated.

Tanner Rambeau scored eight points in the Bees' 50-41 loss to Crockett two years ago. Last year the Bulldogs snapped Academy's 20-game winning streak by prevailing 58-52 for their 22nd straight win on a night when foul trouble hounded both teams. McWilliams scored 22 points before fouling out and Franklin had 17 as the Bees' stellar season concluded at 30-7.

Academy isn't facing Crockett yet again in the third round this season; the Bulldogs are on the other half of the Region III bracket and take on No. 14 Lorena – which edged the Bees 52-44 in overtime on Dec. 11 – in a quarterfinal Saturday.

Instead, Academy will tangle with a surging Franklin team that hasn't lost since Dec. 29, when 4A state-ranked Waco Connally clipped the Lions 71-69. That remains Franklin's only setback since several of its best players returned from football after helping the Lions reach the 3A Division II state championship game, in which Canadian edged them 35-34.

Tanner Rambeau said the experience he and many current teammates absorbed in those regional quarterfinal wars against Crockett should help Academy handle the high-stakes pressure Saturday as the Bees strive to finally overcome their third-round hurdle against dangerous Franklin.

“Those were single-digit games (vs. Crockett), both of them. It's just the atmosphere,” he said. “We know how important a high-value, deep-round playoff game is and what it feels like and how tense it can be.”

Said Trae Rambeau: “Last year I was kind of nervous in big games, but this year I definitely know what I need to do. I embrace it and it's fun.”

All five Academy starters and seven of its 10 core players also were football standouts, and Franklin's gridiron-to-hardwood stalwarts include Spiller, Washington and three juniors: point guard Marcus Wade Jr., swingman Malcom Murphy and forward Hayden Helton. Spiller and Washington were first-team selections on the Texas Sports Writers Association 3A All-State Team.

Holt said the highly skilled Wade – who plays quarterback in football – has missed the Lions' first two playoff games with a knee injury but that Academy is prepared for the three-year standout guard to play in Saturday's duel.

“They're athletic, they can go get rebounds and they can get to the basket, so we've got to do a good job guarding the ball, being in help (defense) and helping the helper with the second and third lines of defense,” Holt said about Franklin, adding that he expects the Lions – coached by Franklin graduate Jake Russ – to apply consistent pressure defense and employ a variety of zone looks along with standard man-to-man.

"Franklin presses the whole game in the games that we've seen them. They'll switch it up and try to keep you on your toes. We're prepared for everything,” Holt said. “The good thing is we've got such a veteran team that we've seen pretty much any defense. We're used to it. And if you want to keep winning in the playoffs, you've got to be able to win different styles of games.

“You try to simulate as much as you can. We're playing a team that runs a zone (defense). It's hard for us to get a good look at the zone (during practice), because we don't run a zone. When we try to run a zone to show what they're doing, we're not as good as the other team is going to be that runs that.”

Said Tanner Rambeau about Franklin: “They have a bunch of fast guards. That's really their M.O. – fast guards getting into the lane, getting layups and getting offensive rebounds.”

Academy swept Franklin in two 19-3A matchups last season (62-59 and 49-38), but that came after the Lions charged back from a 19-point halftime deficit to deal the Bees a stunning 58-57 defeat at the Ben Wheeler Martin's Mill tournament in December 2019.

“We just peed the bed,” Tanner Rambeau recalled with disgust.

“We have to block out. That's kind of what happened last year – we didn't do the little things,” Trae Rambeau said regarding Academy's tournament stumble against Franklin. “If you don't do the little things, they're definitely going to poke at it and get ahead.”

The Bees are 39-1 in district games during the last three seasons, but the Lions were responsible for that lone loss, 37-30 at Franklin in February 2019. Academy went a combined 3-2 against Franklin in 2018-19 and 2019-20, but although all five games were spirited battles, none of them included the pressure of knowing that the season would end for the losing team.

That all changes Saturday afternoon when the battle-tested Bees and Lions knock heads in Lorena.

“We know and the kids know that (Franklin) can beat us,” Holt said. “They've done it the last two years.”

A veteran of eight previous postseason games, Tanner Rambeau said Academy enters its showdown against Franklin with a focused, winning attitude as the Bees seek that elusive berth in the regional semifinals.

“We think that we're one of the best teams in the state, and we have to go in there knowing that we can beat them,” Rambeau said. “But you have to respect who you're playing.”

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Updated: Feb 26


FULL SPEED AHEAD: Academy senior wing Jaylin McWilliams scored 18 points to help lead the 16th-ranked Bumblebees to a 59-37 win over Scurry-Rosser in a Class 3A area-round playoff game Wednesday night at Buffalo High School. Junior point guard Darion Franklin paced Academy (19-7) with 21 points as coach James Holt's Bees earned their 12th straight victory and advanced to the Region III quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Academy will battle No. 17 Franklin (18-3) in a third-round showdown at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)




By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


BUFFALO – Two seasons ago, Academy power forward Tanner Rambeau was voted the Most Valuable Player of District 19-3A boys basketball as a sophomore.

Last season, Bumblebees wing Jaylin McWilliams won the district's MVP award as a junior.

This season, Academy point guard Darion Franklin is a prime contender to be selected as the league's MVP as a junior.

With their combination of outstanding performance and big-game experience, it was no surprise that Academy possessed far too much offensive firepower and defensive intensity for significantly less battle-tested Scurry-Rosser to handle in a Class 3A area-round playoff game Wednesday night at Buffalo High School.

Franklin exploded for 17 of his game-high 21 points in the first half and McWilliams scored 18 to propel the 16th-ranked Bumblebees to a 36-11 halftime lead as they romped to a 59-37 win over the turnover-plagued, cold-shooting Wildcats and rolled into the Region III quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

Franklin and McWilliams alone outscored Scurry-Rosser by a 39-37 count, in large part because 19-3A champion Academy (19-7) pressured the Wildcats into 20 turnovers during the first three quarters, highlighted by a slew of what Bees fifth-year head coach James Holt described as “catastrophic turnovers” – giveaways that directly lead to baskets at the other end of the court.

“That could be part of it,” Holt said regarding the Bees' advantage in experience and physical maturity as compared to Scurry-Rosser (17-8). “They're a fairly young team, and us being a veteran team is one of our keys. We wanted to make them play faster than they're accustomed to playing and get easy points for us.”

The final score didn't really do justice to how the bulk of the game transpired. Academy ripped off a 12-1 scoring blitz in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter to extend its advantage to 48-12, and its starters went to the bench for the rest of the evening after a long pass from McWilliams led to Franklin's easy layup, making it 54-16 with 2:31 remaining in the third.

Shooting guard Jerry Cephus contributed seven points and fellow senior Rambeau added six as the Bees pushed their winning streak to 12 games.

“(It was) our intensity in warmups,” McWilliams said about the key to the second straight playoff rout for Academy, which blasted bi-district opponent Teague 70-43 on Saturday. “We came out here and knew what we had to do to get on to the next round. We came out here to execute. I think we know each other and we know our bond, so everybody knows what the other person's capable of. So if we just play as a team, we're good and we know what to do.”


SMOOTH SAILING: Academy junior point guard Darion Franklin scores an open layup as Cagle Peavy (3) and another Scurry-Rosser player look on during the Bumblebees' 59-37 victory in a Class 3A area-round playoff game Wednesday night in Buffalo. Franklin scored 17 of his game-best 21 points in the first half to help 16th-ranked Academy (19-7) extend its winning streak to 12 games and move into a Region III quarterfinal against No. 17 Franklin (18-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)



Academy will battle familiar foe Franklin (18-3) in a Region III quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School. The No. 17-ranked Lions, who went 14-0 in 20-3A, overcame a 35-26 halftime deficit to defeat West 61-51 in area-round action Wednesday night in Robinson.

“It'll be a really good game. They've got a good coach and they do a lot of good stuff,” Holt said about Franklin, which is unbeaten since its 71-69 loss to 4A regional quarterfinalist and now-No. 22-ranked Waco Connally on Dec. 29.

Academy and Franklin haven't yet played against each other this season, but they have plenty of history in recent years. The Bees' only loss in 40 district games in the past three seasons was 37-30 at Franklin in February 2019.

Academy swept Franklin in district play last season, but that was after the Lions charged back from what Holt recalled being a 19-point deficit to seize a 58-57 win over the Bees at the Ben Wheeler Martin's Mill tournament in December 2019.

When it challenges Franklin again Saturday afternoon in an eagerly anticipated showdown, Academy will seek to overcome its obstacle that's been the third round of the playoffs. The Bees sailed into the Region III quarterfinals each of the previous two seasons but then were eliminated by powerful Crockett teams in a pair of physical, high-intensity clashes.

McWilliams said he believes Academy currently has what will be required to get past its third-round hurdle.

“I think we're ready. We've been having good practices, and we have to finish our week off at practice and then we'll be ready to go into whatever comes to us,” McWilliams said of the regional quarterfinal. “It's just how we come out and play. I think only we can determine that, so however we come out is how we're going to play.”

District 17-3A runner-up Scurry-Rosser, which beat first-round opponent Riesel 65-47 on Saturday, was paced by the only two seniors on its roster. Athletic 6-4 forward Terrell Blanton scored 15 points and guard Jaxon Jonas had 12 for the Wildcats, who started one freshman and suited up five others. Junior guard Garrett Hill added seven points.

Scurry-Rosser's pass-and-cut, 3-point-shooting offense produced only 12 points in the game's first 19 minutes against Academy's persistent defense, which allowed 43 or fewer points for the fourth straight game.

“They couldn't get the shots that they usually shoot, the wide-open shots,” McWilliams said. “That's what we tried to take away, because they're great shooters.”

Senior starting guard Kollin Mraz, senior backup forward Tyler Lambert and junior reserve guards Chris Preddie and Trae Rambeau boosted Academy with their energetic defense and rebounding. However, Holt said the Bees allowed far too many offensive boards for his liking in the first half, an issue he said they must resolve as postseason play continues.

Rambeau's short shot in the lane and Franklin's putback of his own miss were Academy's only points in the first 3½ minutes as the game got off to a ragged start overall, but Hill's left-wing 3-pointer with 2:48 gone proved to be Scurry-Rosser's only points of the opening period.

Mraz rebounded a missed 3 by Cephus and scored inside for a 6-3 lead, then Cephus fired an outlet pass that Franklin redirected to McWilliams for a difficult layup that turned into a three-point play to make it 9-3. Franklin then turned a steal into a layin for a 12-3 game.

Scurry-Rosser coach James Hill called a timeout in an attempt to motivate his team and slow Academy's momentum, but it was to no avail.

McWilliams dribbled nearly the length of the floor for a layup, Franklin grabbed a steal in the backcourt and turned it into another layin and Trae Rambeau fired up his team by drawing a charging foul. To punctuate the Bees' first-quarter dominance, Franklin lobbed a baseline inbound pass to the 6-foot-3 McWilliams, who soared to catch the ball at its apex before making a close-range, midair shot off the glass to beat the buzzer and expand Academy's advantage to 19-3.

“Since Jaylin was in eighth grade, I've seen him do things that no other player we have can do,” Holt said. “He has a knack for laying it up around the basket with either hand and he's a great finisher.”


SIZE ADVANTAGE: Academy senior forward Tanner Rambeau (25) uses his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame to score a basket in the lane against Scurry-Rosser defenders Jaxon Jonas (right) and Terrell Blanton during the 16th-ranked Bumblebees' 59-37 win over the Wildcats in Wednesday night's Class 3A area-round playoff game at Buffalo High School. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)



For Academy, the second quarter packed more of the same stuff. Cephus converted a steal into a layup for a three-point play before the 6-4, 230-pound Tanner Rambeau used his major size advantage to score a second-effort basket inside.

“He's so strong, he takes up a lot of space and has really good moves,” Holt said.

Blanton's inside hoop and a Jonas 3-pointer provided signs of life as Scurry-Rosser trimmed its deficit to 24-8 with 5:19 left until halftime, but McWilliams then scored easily off a lead pass before Franklin turned back-to-back turnovers by the Wildcats into easy layups for a 30-8 game.

The Bees essentially put it out of reach when Franklin made two consecutive 3-pointers from the right wing – with another charging foul drawn by Trae Rambeau in between – to push Academy's lead to 36-10 with 1:48 remaining en route to a 36-11 halftime advantage.

“He's our tone-setter,” McWilliams said of Franklin, who made the Bees' only two 3s in the game and led them in scoring for the second straight playoff contest. “He's a leader and next year it's going to be his team. He knows exactly what he needs to do and what he's capable of doing. He's really good and we're blessed to have him.”

Academy, which committed only nine turnovers overall, didn't mess around to begin the second half. Tanner Rambeau scored inside off Mraz's deft pass, McWilliams made two free throws and Cephus scored a layup off a steal before Franklin and Cephus each added a layin.

McWilliams scored two creative, fast-break layups in a span of 19 seconds, then threw a long pass that set up Franklin's easy bucket to make it 54-16 with 2:31 left in the third, at which point Holt sent his starting five to the bench to watch the remainder of the night's action.

Led by 6-4 slasher Blanton, Scurry-Rosser outscored Academy's reserves 21-5 in the final 10½ minutes to make the final score more respectable for the Wildcats. Only two of Scurry-Rosser's five 3s came in the first three periods, and the Wildcats were 6-of-15 on free throws.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

CLASS 3A AREA PLAYOFF


No. 16 Academy 59,

Scurry-Rosser 37

Scurry-Rosser 3 8 10 16 – 37

Academy 19 17 18 5 – 59

Scurry-Rosser (17-8) – Terrell Blanton 15, Jaxon Jonas 12, Garrett Hill 7, Rowdy Miller 2, Christian Lopez 1.

Academy (19-7) – Darion Franklin 21, Jaylin McWilliams 18, Jerry Cephus 7, Tanner Rambeau 6, Tyler Lambert 2, Kollin Mraz 2, Trae Rambeau 2, Chris Preddie 1.

3-point field goals – Scurry-Rosser 5 (Jonas 3, Blanton 1, Hill 1); Academy 2 (Franklin 2).

Free throws – Scurry-Rosser 6-15; Academy 7-10.

Notes – Academy extends winning streak to 12 games and advances to 3A Region III quarterfinal vs. No. 17 Franklin (18-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lorena High School; Academy reaches Region III quarterfinals for third consecutive season.

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Staff report


LORENA – Colorado State-signed guard Jalen Lake was injured and didn't play for No. 1-ranked Waxahachie against Belton in Tuesday night's Class 6A bi-district playoff game at Lorena High School.

However, the Runnin' Indians didn't really miss Lake – or many 3-point shots.

Waxahachie made 15 3-pointers, Prince Banks scored 21 points and Oklahoma signee CJ Noland recorded 18 as the Indians used a relentless attack to charge to a 99-62 victory over the Tigers.

Junior forward TJ Johnson scored 21 points and senior guard Kayden Downs added 19 for District 12-6A No. 4 seed Belton (18-8), which got 13 points from senior guard Ben Jones.

The Tigers made their first playoff appearance with third-season coach Jason Fossett. Johnson, a three-year starter, finished the season with 625 points and an average of 25.0 per game.

Montez Young scored 14 points and V'zarion Roberson added 12 on four 3-pointers for 11-6A champion Waxahachie (17-2), which handed No. 2 Duncanville and No. 3 Richardson their only defeats this season.

The Indians advanced to play Rockwall in an area-round game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Forney. Waxahachie could clash with 12-6A champion and No. 9-ranked Killeen Ellison (26-1) in a Region II quarterfinal.

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