By Angel Verdejo and Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Harker Heights got a little revenge, even if they didn't get what they ultimately wanted - a tournament title.
The Knights defeated 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.
Gatesville takes consolation title - At Whitney, taking care of not only Whitney's junior varsity but then the host Wildcats (58-49) the Hornets claimed the Whitney Tournament consolation championship. Gatesville (6-3) lost to the Wildcats on Thursday to open the tournament. The Hornets beat the JV Wildcats 69-29 to start the day.
"We played well - probably our best game of the year," Gatesville coach Todd Shelton said of the win over Whitney. "Hopefully this is one we can build on going to Crawford on Tuesday."
D.D. Marshall led the way for Gatesville with 19 points.
Ellison 76, Fort Worth Eastern Hills 43 - At Mansfield, Malik Hawkins hit five of the Eagles' 12 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help Ellison win the consolation championship at the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Holiday Classic.
Hawkins earned all-tournament honors and Ojai Black scored 18 for Ellison (5-4), which won three of four at the tournament.
Badgers take San Saba crown - At San Saba, in lopsided fashion, Lampasas finished off the field at the San Saba Tournament, including a 29-point win over the host team in the championship. Shonderius Howard led the way in the final, scoring 15 points and hitting three 3-pointers.
The Badgers (5-2) made 12 in all from beyond the arc. Mason Murry led Lampasas with 16 points in a 65-34 win over Llano.
Buffaloes lose to China Spring in BE championship game - Trey Jett and Lupe Acevedo each scored 11, but the Buffaloes ran out of time, losing to China Spring 46-41 in the championship game of the Bruceville-Eddy tournament.
Florence (5-2) fell behind 21-8 going into the second quarter but trailed just 33-31 to start the fourth quarter.
Shoemaker 84, Irving 74 - At Mansfield, Paris Yerry scored 15 points and the Grey Wolves snapped a two-game losing streak with a 10-point win over Irving in the Masnfield ISD Spring Creek Holiday Classic.
Shoemaker (6-2) lost its first two games of its season at the tournament but had 10 different players score in the win.
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.
Killeen 77, Marble Falls 47 - At Marble Falls, four Runnin' Roos finished in double figures and Killeen (3-6) used a big first half - 33-17 - to all but put away the host Mustangs at the Marble Falls McDonald's Classic.
Brian Long, who led the Roos with 16 points, made three of the team's six 3-pointers.
Rising Star 45, Lometa 35 - At Rising Star, Jose Acevedo had a team-high 10 points for Lometa but it wasn't enough as Rising Star used a 13-4 first quarter to build a lead and claim its own tournament championship.
Lometa didn't reach double-digit scoring in a quarter until the fourth, but trailed 35-21 by then.
Taylor 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.