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Timberview Experience Pays Off In UIL State Semifinal Win

When Mansfield Timberview played Manor in Thursday's UIL 5A state semifinal, its past experience resulted in a 79-55 win. The Wolves had also reached final fours in 2009 and 2017, while this was the Mustangs' first appearance.

That showed every time Manor made a run because Timberview always had an answer. The Mustangs took an early 7-4 lead in the opening quarter, but the Wolves finished the period on a 20-4 run.

"We shared the ball really well in that first quarter," said Mansfield Timberview coach Duane Gregory. "When we do that, that's some of our best [play]."

It also happened after Manor scored the first seven points of the second quarter. Timberview responded by expanding its lead to 13.

Timberview led 40-29 at the half, with VYPE Player of the Game CJ Smith scoring 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Rodrigo Soares also had 10 of his 13 points during this time.

"It was to attack the rim hard and aggressive," Smith said of his plan coming in.

The Timberview scoring didn't slow down in the third quarter. The Wolves scored the first 11 points of the period to go up 51-29, which was their largest lead until a 73-48 advantage in the fourth. Trazarien White was the spark plug behind this surge, as evident by eight of his 19 points.

Even in a loss, Manor featured a balanced scoring attack. Jamal Shead and Augustine Arroyo finished with a team-high 13 points, while Davion Pearson and Quentin Middleton added 10 each.

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