Red Raiders clinch first playoff berth in six years


ROCKWALL β€” The Robert E. Lee boys basketball team is going to the playoffs.

The Red Raiders clinched their first postseason bid in six years by topping Rockwall-Heath 69-56 Tuesday at Heath High School.

Lee (20-9, 7-4) received a career-best 17 points from senior Justin DeSalvo with Taylor Tankersley scoring 18 for the Red Raiders who never trailed despite Heath making nine 3 pointers.

β€œWe knew we had to come and keep a tremendous amount focus,” said Lee coach Alan Johnston. β€œHeath shot the ball extremely well, but DeSalvo (was on fire) and we just got steady play from everybody.”

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Robert E. Lee 69, Rockwall-Heath 56

Robert E. Lee 15 17 16 21 β€” 69

Rockwall-Heath 8 14 15 19 β€” 56

ROBERT E. LEE β€” Jake Calhoun, 4; Austin Fleet, 1; Luke Derfus, 4; Darriun Smallwood, 2; Taylor Tankersley, 18; Will Dougherty, 6; Jared Williams, 0; Caleb Johnston, 8; Tucker Boyd, 9; Justin DeSalvo, 17.

ROCKWALL-HEATH β€” Jackson Zivney, 6; Luke Ramirez, 11; Tyler Zivney, 6; Colton Rashbrook, 3; Nathan Stover, 9; Ryan McKay, 8; Camron Talley, 10; Jeremiah Sandidge, 1; David Keaton, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS β€” REL: Tankersley (2), Boyd. HEATH: J. Zivney (2), Ramirez (3), Rashbrook, Stover, McKay, Talley.

RECORDS β€” Robert E. Lee 20-9 (7-4); Rockwall-Heath 12-18 (1-9)

NEXT UP β€” Lee at North Mesquite, 7 p.m. Tuesday.