Brook Hill, area teams eye state


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Brook Hill's "Young Guns" include (from left) sophomore point Grant Hanks, sophomore guard Chase McDermott, freshman guard Alex Hale, sophomore post Jake Anderson, sophomore wing Phillip Kitt and freshman sixth man Robinson. Courtesy photo

Brook Hill is looking for a berth in the TAPPS state basketball tournament, while area UIL teams are eyeing a regional tournament bid.

As far as the girls, Martins Mill and Saltillo have already punched their tickets to state.

UIL

There are a couple of regional quarterfinal games in Tyler Tuesday.

At UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center, No. 2 White Oak (32-1) takes on No. 20 Palestine Westwood (22-10). Tipoff is 7 p.m.

The winner of the White Oak-Westwood game advances to the Class 2A Region III Tournament on Friday at William R. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. The regional semifinal is scheduled for 6 p.m. against either Salado or Trinity. Those two teams meet at 7 p.m. tonight in Brenham.

In the upper portion of the bracket, No. 2 Tatum (28-9), fresh off a 60-49 dismantling of No. 1 Kountze takes on Crockett at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Angelina College in Lufkin.

Also in the Rose City tonight, No. 9 Kerens takes on No. 11 LaPoynor at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium in a Class 1A Division I Region III quarterfinal. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

The winner gets to play at TJC again on Friday, against the winner of the San Augustine vs. New Summerfield game, which is 7 p.m. tonight at Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches.

The top of the bracket has Grapeland and Mart meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield HS, while Dallardsville Big Sandy and Tenaha play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson High School in Lufkin.

In Class 5A, Lufkin and Spring Westfield tangle in College Station at 7 p.m.

In Class 3A, Mabank meets Pleasant Grove at Hallsville High School and Kilgore takes on Liberty-Eylau at Pine Tree HS in Longview. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

In Class 2A, Region II Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill and New Boston meet for the right to advance to the Stephenville regional. They play at Spring Hill HS in Longview.

TAPPS

Today, Brook Hill, under East Texas coaching guru Wally Dawkins, travels to Aledo to meet Lubbock Christian at Aledo High School. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

The Guard has registered playoff wins over Carrollton Christian (74-55) and Irving The Highlands (83-52).

Brook Hill is ranked No. 23, while Lubbock Christian is No. 24.

Lubbock Christian has scored wins over Fort Worth Lake County (71-54) and Fort Worth Bethesda (55-41).

BH won the TAPPS District 4-3A championship and is led by what Dawkins calls his “Young Guns.”

They include 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard Grant Hanks, 6-0 sophomore guard Chase McDermott, 6-3 freshman guard Alex Hale, 6-6 sophomore post Jake Anderson, 6-3 sophomore wing Phillip Kitt and 5-10 freshman sixth man Bryant Robinson.

The Guard squad is 19-11 overall and Dawkins has won 103 games in his five years at Brook Hill. Overall, Dawkins has captured 671 career victories.

The winner of the Brook Hill-Lubbock Christian game will play either Amarillo San Jacinto or Colleyville Covenant in the TAPPS Class 3A state semifinals on Friday at Summit High School in Mansfield.

Girls State

Martins Mill will meet Snook in the girls state basketball semifinal on Thursday at the Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

The Class 1A Division I state semifinal is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

No. 1 Martins Mill (32-5) is competing in its eighth straight Final Four. The Lady Mustangs have won two titles during that span, in 2006 and 2008. The Lady Mustangs have been in the state championship the past three years.

Snook enters the tourney unranked with a record of 24-11.

The other semifinal has No. 17 Dallas Triple A Academy (28-5) taking on No. 11 Smyer (32-6) at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The semifinal winners meet in the championship game on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Saltillo (31-5) plays on Friday in its Class 1A Division II semifinal. The Lady Lions are ranked No. 1 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and will meet unranked Roscoe Highland (31-4) at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The other semifinal has No. 2 Whitharral (36-4) taking on No. 25 Leakey (24-7) at 7 p.m. Friday.

The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $12 per session and there is an all-tournament ticket for $75. Parking in nearby garages is $12.