By Alex Byington
Harker Heights Herald
WACO - The Knights changed things up on defense - switching to a half-court man - and got a little revenge in the process, knocking off the same Trojans that beat them a month ago, 53-36 on Tuesday.
Harker Heights (7-3) had three scorers in double figures including 18 points from junior post Andre Hughes, to go along with 14 and 12 from senior guards C.J. Rodriguez and Thomas Cherry.
Taking an early lead after the first quarter, the Knights' new defensive philosophy kept Class 4A No. 25 University (8-3) at bay offensively, despite 23 points from Ray Washington.
It was a week for Heights getting revenge, even if they didn't get what they ultimately wanted - a tournament title.
The Knights defeated host Garland Lakeview Centennial 51-47 in the semifinals of the Garland Metro PCS Hoops Invitational on Saturday before falling in the title game.
Last season, the Knights were eliminated from the playoffs by the Rangers in the Region II-5A quarterfinals.
In the tournament final, Heights couldn't find an answer for the state's ninth-ranked team - Garland Naaman Forest - falling 51-38 to finish second in the tournament.
Thomas Cherry led the Knights (6-3) in the final with 14 points and C.J. Rodriguez had 21 points (four 3-pointers) in the semifinals.
On Friday, Cherry scored a game-high 17 points as the Knights outscored North Mesquite 15-5 in the third quarter in their first tournament game.
Belton 83, Eagle Pass 45 - At San Angelo, Daniel Mills and Thomas Barnes each hit five 3-pointers as the Tigers routed Eagle Pass in a consolation game at the San Angelo Lions Club Tournament. Mills finished with a game-high 32 points, Barnes added 19 and seven other Belton (2-6) players contributed points in the team's second win this season.
On Friday, the Tigers early season struggles continued with losses to Del Rio (52-40) and El Paso Del Valle (46-45).
Salado 70, Cameron 30 - At Salado, Austin Adams and Koby Spears each scored 16 and Salado, switching from a man defense to a zone starting in the second quarter, blew out the visiting Yoemen Tuesday.
Jada Kornegay added 13 for Salado (7-2), which outscored Cameron 44-18 in the second and third quarters before shutting out the Yoemen 13-0 in the fourth.
Taylor boys 60, Salado 55 - At Academy, Koby Spears scored 19 points, but it wasn't enough to life the Eagles to the Little River-Acadmey tournament title. Salado (6-2) only made 15 of 27 free throws.
Friday didn't start especially well for the Eagles, hit 4 of 13 free throws in a 47-38 win over West. However, against Leander Rouse, the free throws were cleaned up (10-of-14) and they got a bit of magic at the end when a game-winning shot rimmed out but fell into the hands of Austin Adams who dumped it into the basket as the buzzer sounded.