Mike Aranda scored 15, Casey Armour added 11 and the Ellison boys basketball team clinched a playoff spot with a 66-30 rout of Killeen on Friday at Ellison.
The Eagles needed only a win or a Killeen loss in the final four games of the season to wrap up a trip to the postseason. Friday presented Ellison an opportunity to get both.
The Eagles got started early, holding the Roos to a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers and a single free throw in the second period on the way to a 26-7 halftime lead.
Ellison (23-6, 9-2 8-6A) kept pulling away from there. An alley-oop from Dajuan Jones (seven points) to Armour at the end of the third quarter put the Eagles up 50-19. They punctuated the win with a halfcourt shot at the final buzzer.
Josh Loney led Killeen (13-15, 4-7) with six points.
Ellison took over sole possession of second place after Waco Midway lost 56-40 at No. 20 Shoemaker.
HARKER HEIGHTS 2, SAN ANGELO CENTRAL 1: At Harker Heights, the Knights held an explosive Central offense to just one goal and received a goal apiece from Sam Byse and Seth Bodolus to upend the Bobcats.
Byse scored the first goal for the Knights around the midpoint of the first half on a head after a Jonathan Gay cross in the box.
Central (3-1 District 8-6A) tied the contest around the 10-minute mark in the second half on a volley outside the box off a corner kick, but Bodolus answered for Harker Heights with a header inside the box with 4 minutes, 21 seconds left to play off a Joseph Kellam throw-in.
The Knights (4-3-1, 2-2) are scheduled to return to the field Tuesday at Ellison at 8 p.m.
ELLISON 7, COPPERAS COVE 0: At Copperas Cove, it took Alex Lee and the Eagles nearly 39 minutes to score, but once Lee did, he and Ellison couldn't stop.
The Eagles scored six second-half goals after Lee put Ellison up 1-0 on a penalty kick with 1:06 remaining in the opening half.
It was the start of a four-goal night for Lee, who opened the second-half scoring with an assist from Maurice Weimer with 28:13 remaining.
Keondre Taylor, Justin Rolle and Maurice Williams also scored for the Eagles (4-4-1, 3-1 8-6A).
SALADO 3, BURNET 2, SO: At Burnet, Caleb Chambliss scored the game-winner after Trey Sheppard made his second save in a 5-4 shootout and the Eagles improved to 12-1 on the season.
The two teams finished regulation tied at 1 and each scored a goal in overtime.
Camden LaCanne, Ryan Cook, Costas Loullis and Kaden Smien also converted in the shootout.
Loullis scored in the first half of overtime, but Burnet scored on a penalty kick in the final minute to send the match to the shootout.
The match was scoreless until LaCanne found the net in the 51st minute. Burnet equalized just over five minutes later.
Salado improved to 4-0 in District 25-4A. The Eagles travel to Taylor on Monday night for a nondistrict matchup.
COPPERAS COVE 2, ELLISON 1: At Ellison, Kailey Walker and Melinda Balades scored as the Lady Dawgs edged Ellison.
Haven Stevenson assisted on Walker’s score.
SALADO 3, BURNET 2: At Burnet, Madison Spradlin scored the deciding goal in the 52nd minute and the Lady Eagles held on to improve to 3-0 in District 25-4A.
Salado (7-3-1) led all the way after Hannah Reavis opened the scoring in the seventh minute, but the Lady Eagles could never quite shake the Lady Bulldogs.
Reagan Morreale also scored in the first half to give Salado a 2-0 lead at intermission.
Burnet scored twice in just over three minutes to pull within 3-2 in the 54 minute.
Morreale took over in goal after that and the Eagles clamped down defensively. Burnet didn't put a shot on goal until extra time, and the game ended after Morreale's lone save.
Copperas Cove’s AquaDawgs advanced to the finals in four events at the Region I-6A swim meet in Rockwall.
Heading to today’s finals are the 4x400 relay, Jason Guerrero (100 freestyle and 200 individual medley) and Carson McVey (50 free).
BURNET 57, LAMPASAS 32: At Lampasas, Diane Hurst led the defeated Lady Badgers with eight points. Morgann Schroeder had five.