Friday’s Playoff Preview

Denton and Guyer play in a doubleheader Friday night, and if both teams win, they will square off next week at UNT's Super Pit. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle) (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The amount of area teams left in the basketball postseason has trickled down to six, with five teams on the boys side and two on the girls side.

In Class 2A boys action, Ponder and Sunnyvale tipped off at 7 p.m., with the winner going on to face either Whitesboro or Peaster. But with the exception of that contest, there’s four very interesting contests going on tomorrow: a Denton-Guyer doubleheader, a rematch between Argyle and Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins,  Krum girls in the 3A regional tournament and both Liberty teams in action.

Here’s a closer look at tomorrow night’s games.

 

Class 4A Region I area round
Denton (17-15) vs. FW Trimble Tech (24-7), 6:30 p.m. at Justin Northwest

If there’s ever a time for the “one game at a time” mantra coaches preach to their kids and sports writers on a year-round basis, this is the time to preach. Denton will definitely have their hands full with a good Trimble Tech team that finished the year ranked No.23 by the TABC.

Denton comes into the match-up after its first playoff win since 2005. Personally, I consider Denton a top-15 team because they’re every bit as good as  Guyer (No.10) and Trophy Club Nelson (No.12). Trimble Tech was bounced out of last year’s regional tournament by Ryan on a Trey Mohair buzzer-beater  and had a strong squad. And if Denton wins, the Broncos will go on to face the winner of …

Guyer (24-6) vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights (19-11) 

Like Trimble Tech, Arlington Heights was also bounced out of the playoffs by Ryan in the regional tournament, back when current Lake Dallas head coach Josh Welch was the head coach at Heights. Heights finished third in District 7-4A, and Guyer presumably comes in as the favorite in this matchup. Heights is a team that’s been here before, something Guyer can’t boast. Guyer picked up its first playoff win in the school’s eight years and did it in convincing fashion.

The reason it’s so tempting to look ahead: if Denton and Guyer both win, the two teams will play each other for the third time this season. The match-up will be played at UNT’s Super Pit. But needless to say, that goes void if both teams can’t take care of business on Friday.

Class 3A Region II area round
Argyle (25-9) vs. Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins (22-9), 7:30 p.m. at Carrollton Creekview

Argyle (No. 9) begins its defense of the Class 3A tomorrow night against Hutchins (No.20) in a rematch of last year’s regional final. You can bet revenge will be on the forefront of the minds of Hutchins. The winner of this game plays either Princeton or Frisco Lone Star. Argyle is coming off an undefeated district season in which the Eagles were challenged throughout 10-3A play but came away unscathed. It’ll be interesting to see how the bye will affect Argyle.

Girls
Class 3A Region II semifinal
Krum (27-6) vs. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (26-4), 8 p.m., Texas A&M-Commerce

Krum, the No.5 team in Class 3A, is coming off a convincing win against Argyle in Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau enters the regional semi with a 17-point win over Crandall. L-E head coach Robert Cochran was in attendance for that game and said Krum was the best team he’d seen all year, and L-E played Southwood (La.), the No.1 team in Louisiana according to USA Today. 

Eylau won the 3A state title in 2010 and has three players from that team who played significant minutes on that team, including Imani Wright (Baylor) and Sharde’ Collins (Arkansas-Little Rock). The winner plays Celina or Pittsburg in the final.

Oh, and Krum is ranked No.25 in Texas by USA Today. This should be fun.

TAPPS
Boys
Liberty (31-6) vs. Laredo St. Augustine, 8:30 p.m. at College Station High

Girls
Liberty (22-14) vs. Houston St. Pius X, 8:30 p.m., College A&M Consolidated

The Warriors boys’ squad finished the year ranked No.3 by the TABC among large private schools, and they have plenty of capable weapons to prove that ranking. With the likes of Wes Hill, Luke Kornet and Austin Freet running the floor, the Warriors have a strong shot of making a run at the state title.

On the girls side, the Lady Warriors enter the TAPPS 5A playoffs as a No.3 seed and plays St. Pius X, who is also one of the No.3 seeds in the bracket (not really sure how that makes any sense.) Winner of that contest plays Houston Duchesne or San Antonio Antonian.

 

 

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