The Lampasas boys basketball team was declared the winner of Brownwood’s 16-team Texas Bank Holiday Classic after the Badgers' championship game opponent opted to return home ahead of a possible ice storm.
Denver City forfeited Saturday night’s game and returned home to West Texas about 20 miles from the New Mexico border.
Lampasas (17-5) won two games Friday to earn its spot in the title game.
Kyle Sims, who was named tourney MVP, had 25 points and 19 rebounds as the Badgers edged Midland Greenwood 65-64 in overtime. Austin Martin made four 3-pointers and added 16 points.
The Badgers rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half and advanced despite blowing two opportunities to put the game away at the free-throw line.
With the score tied at 55, Greenwood held the ball in the final minute of regulation attempting to win the game in the final seconds. It almost backfired.
The Badgers grabbed the miss and were able to turn it into a fastbreak going the other way and drawing a foul with two-tenths of a second remaining. But they missed both free throws and the game went into overtime.
In the extra period, the Badgers were at the line with a one-point lead and four seconds remaining and came up empty again. But Greenwood missed a floater at the buzzer.
There was no drama in the semifinals as the Badgers built a 35-13 halftime lead against Stephenville and coasted to a 55-42 victory.
Martin made four more 3-pointers and led Lampasas with 21 points. Phillip Blackstock recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Stephenville made just two baskets in the first half.
Lampasas has a bye in District 19-4A play Tuesday and returns to action Friday at Leander Glenn.
Lady Roos three-peat at Bastrop tourney
Manesha Knox had 10 points and six rebounds Friday to lead the Killeen girls basketball team in a 53-40 win over Bastrop and its third straight Bastrop ISD G.M. Blackman Tournament championship.
Cierra Penn, who joined Knox on the all-tournament team, added nine points.
The Lady Roos were set to face rival Harker Heights, a 48-39 winner over Bastrop in the semifinals, in the championship game, but the coaches of the four semifinalists agreed to alter the final matchups to prevent the District 8-6A rivals from meeting again in the middle of their league season.
Heights instead faced Poth in the third-place game and won, making the Killeen ISD schools a combined 8-0 in the tourney.
The Lady Roos beat Poth 46-43 in the semifinals. Penn led the way with 17 points to go with three assists and four rebounds. Meleanna Williams tallied 11 points, two steals and three assists.
On Thursday, Killeen beat Manor (69-53) and Houston Second Baptist (50-37).
Knox had 11 points and six boards against Manor. Williams added 10 points.
Majiesstic Wright led the Lady Roos with 10 points and had five rebounds against Second Baptist. Jaide Burkes added nine points, all on 3-pointers.
The Lady Roos won their first matchup with Heights 50-43 at home on Dec. 8. They meet again on Jan. 16 in Heights.
MVP Armour leads Ellison to Fort Worth ISD tourney title
Tourney MVP Casey Armour scored 29 points and 18th-ranked Ellison beat Lewisville 65-49 to win the Fort Worth ISD Tournament.
Elijah Moleon added 16 points for Ellison (19-2).
Armour scored 23 points in a 51-48 semifinal victory over Plano West. Moleon scored 15 points.
Moleon and Laurence Bryant joined Armour on the all-tournament team.
The Eagles trailed West 28-22 at halftime, but took command with an 18-6 third quarter.
Bulldawgs win Victoria ISD tourney
The Copperas Cove boys basketball team routed Corpus Christi King 71-49 to win the Victoria ISD Mike Smith Classic.
Cove is 22-1. The Bulldawgs resume District 8-6A play Tuesday night at 7 at No. 18 Ellison.
SATURDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SCORES
FORT WORTH ISD TOURNAMENT
- Ellison 51, Plano West 48
- Ellison 65, Lewisville 49
VICTORIA ISD MIKE SMITH CLASSIC
- Copperas Cove 71, Corpus Christi King 49
SATURDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SCORES
M.T. RICE TOURNAMENT
- Midlothian 50, Belton 49
FRIDAY’S LATE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SCORES
BASTROP G.M. BLACKMAN TOURNAMENT
- Harker Heights 48, Bastrop 39
- Killeen 46, Poth 43
- Killeen 53, Bastrop 40