Congrats are in order to Mansfield Timberview, Dallas Lincoln and Slidell for advancing in their respective classes to the State Finals on Saturday. A valiant effort was put forth by Sulphur Springs, which fell to San Antonio Wagner.
On to Friday’s action of games which features another three DFW teams vying to punch a ticket into Championship Saturday.
The first game featuring the DFW is in 4A with No. 5 Decatur (37-3) going against No. 22 Liberty Hill (33-6). Decatur enters Friday’s game with a 17-game win streak - the last loss coming more than two months ago to Wichita Falls Rider on Jan. 4. In the playoff run, Decatur has won by an average of 23.8 points and has held opponents to just 39 points a game. Liberty Hill has won nine straight and has an equally-impressive run in the playoffs but needed overtime in the Regional Finals to get past Navasota.
The two share a common opponent this year in Burkburnett as Liberty Hill lost its lone matchup by 11 at the end of December. Decatur went 2-0 in district play against Burkburnett and won by an average of 29 points.
Tip off is set for 1:30 from the Alamodome with the winner meeting the winner of the second 4A semifinal.
That matchup pits No. 4 Houston Yates (27-4) up against No. 2 Oak Cliff Faith Family (34-6). Faith Family enters on a 23-game win streak with each of the last three being decided by no more than four points. The two were a combined 20-0 during district play and a combined 30-7 this year on neutral courts.
Faith Family is a team that locks down its opponents defensively. Opponents barely cracked 50 points a game scored against Faith Family this year. The defense propelled the offense and allowed Faith Family to outscore opponents by an average of nearly 15 a game.
Tip off is set for this one is set for 3 p.m. from the Alamodome. Saturday’s state final is set for 7 p.m.
The storylines that precede the first semifinal matchup are plentiful between No. 1 Duncanville (30-7) and No. 14 North Shore (33-3). A collision course was set in the works ever since these two school squared off in one of the most thrilling finishes to a state football championship game in recent years back in December. When the focus turned strictly to basketball, Duncanville has been mowing down opponents on the way to a No. 1 state ranking and a spot in the state tournament. At one time, Duncanville and North Shore were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state, so it’s only fitting they meet in the playoffs. It’s too bad it can’t be in the State Finals, but the State Semifinals is poised to be just as good.
And as others have joked about through the Texas High School sports media, if this game is won on a halfcourt buzzer beater, it might break Twitter.
Since starting 7-7, Duncanville has won 23 straight games, which included an undefeated mark in a tough District 8-6A. The two teams were both 2-0 in common opponents, each beating Spring and Waxahachie.
Tip off for this one is set for 7 p.m. at the Alamodome with the winner meeting in the State Finals on Saturday against the winner of No. 15 Klein Forest and Cibolo Steele.