City rivals Ellison and Shoemaker weren’t expecting to meet until their District 8-6A opener on Dec. 15. But Saturday they found themselves matched up in the fifth-place game at the Mansfield ISD Tournament.
Senior forward Casey Armour scored 24 points and the Eagles claimed early bragging rights with a 58-45 victory.
Elijah Moleon added 14 points for Ellison (10-1), whose only loss was Friday against 11th-ranked South Grand Prairie.
Armour earned a spot on the all-tournament team, as did Shoemaker junior post Jwan Roberts.
Roberts and Romeo Postell each scored 13 points for Shoemaker (6-4). Duwain Thomas added 11 points.
The Grey Wolves' only other loss in the tourney was 61-55 Friday against 5A No. 18 Fort Bend Elkins.
LAMPASAS 57, CAMERON YOE 50: Kyle Sims had a double-double and the Badgers rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 20 seconds of regulation to beat the Yoemen in overtime at the Coach Smith Memorial Tournament in Salado.
Sims had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (8-3). Xavier Nix added 10 points and seven boards.
The weary Badgers, who played a 9 p.m. game Friday in the tournament, led 32-24 at halftime, but only mustered two points in the third quarter. After missing a foul shot, they were 20 seconds from losing back-to-back games, but came up with three defensive stops — the biggest by Tyler Quarles — and sent the game into overtime after buckets by Phillip Blackstock (seven points) and Nix.
Quarles came up with a steal and found Nix for the game-tying layup.
Quarles, who scored seven points off the bench, hit all four of his free throws in overtime to help the Badgers pull away.
Yoe’s Dre Booze made four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points.
Lampasas finished 3-2 in the tourney, losing only to a pair of teams (2A Thorndale and 3A Jarrell) ranked second in the state.
The Badgers travel to Marble Falls on Tuesday, then finish the week at the Hamilton tournament.
HARKER HEIGHTS 67, HOUSTON AUSTIN 36: Dillon Gooding scored 21 points and the Knights finished the Beaumont tournament on a three-game winning streak.