- Greg Wille
TIGERS' RUN ENDS: No. 1 Waxahachie buries 15 3-pointers, defeats Belton 99-62 in bi-district playoff
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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