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10-4A BOYS BASKETBALL: West Mesquite, Poteet, notch huge victories
Just three days after suffering tough losses, both West Mesquite and Poteet picked up key wins on Friday in 10-4A play.
The Wranglers moved into sole possession of second place with a 7-2 record by downing Highland Park, 61-52.
West Mesquite will have a chance to move back into a tie for first place if it can beat Carrollton Newman Smith on Tuesday.
The Wranglers took it to the Scots from the opening tip, doubling them up, 18-9, in the opening quarter and then using a 13-5 run to take a commanding 33-14 lead at halftime.
Highland Park, who slipped back into third place with the loss, made a small run in the fourth quarter but it was not enough.
Poteet, meanwhile, moved back into a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth with a 52-45 victory over Carrollton Creekview on Friday.
The Pirates held the Mustangs to just six points in the opening quarter and had a 34-24 lead through three periods. Chris Murphy had 19 points and Raffaele Gaines added 12 for Poteet. Alex Rincon had 17 points to lead Creekview, which saw its playoff hopes take a big hit as it fell to 3-6.
In addition to the showdown for first place on Tuesday, Poteet has a good chance at a victory against winless Terrell, while Highland Park can all but eliminate Creekview from the postseason race with a win in their meeting.
Carrollton Newman Smith 8-1 18-9
West Mesquite 7-2 19-8
Highland Park 6-3 20-8
North Forney 5-4 17-7
Poteet 5-4 10-15
Carrollton Creekview 3-6 11-16
Forney 1-7 7-19
Terrell 0-8 3-25
West Mesquite 61, Highland Park 52
Poteet 52, Carrollton Creekview 45
Carrollton Newman Smith 70, North Forney 54
Terrell vs .Forney
Carrollton Newman Smith at West Mesquite
Poteet at Terrell
Highland Park at Carrollton Creekview
Forney at North Forney