By Nick Talbot and Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
FLOWER MOUND - Harker Heights has faced few teams as talented as it this season.
But, against No. 4 Flower Mound Marcus they were simply overmatched.
Featuring four or five potential Divison-I recruits, the Marauders (11-1) defeated the 13th-ranked Knights 65-44 at the Marauder/Jaguar Classic on Friday. Harker Heights (9-2) was without starting point guard Thomas Cherry, who was out with a stomach illness. That left the Knights clinging to a point guard by committee.
"We did not have our point guard who started the last two years for us," said Knights coach Celneque Bobbitt. "That makes a big difference."
Heights still managed to shut down Marcus Smart, who is rated the No.3 small forward in the country by rivals for the class of 2012, and held him to 11 points.
"(Daevon) Brown locked him down, and so did (Brandon) Bullock, but (Phil) Forte hit four 3s on inbounds plays because we focused on other assignments and that was the difference in the game," Bobbit said.
Forte, the ninth-rated Texas junior prospect, led all scorers with 26 points and Nick Banyard, who is rated one spot behind Forte, scored 13. Harker Heights plays Irving today at 8:30 a.m.
No. 11 Roos to play for Granbury Championship - At Granbury, Tashawn Thomas scored 24 points as Killeen blew by Fort Worth Nolan Catholic 70-46 in the semifinals of the Granbury Mike Brown Tournament.
The Runnin' Roos (12-1) ran away with the game in the second quarter, dominating Nolan Catholic 22-9. Jamison Hicks added 10 points in the win.
Killeen plays Keller (8-4) for the championship tonight at 8:30. Keller upset 4A No. 7 Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the first round to get to the title game.
Earlier in the day, Thomas and Hicks each scored 11 and led the Roos to a 55-47 win over Frenship. Sedrick Jennings hit two three-pointers and scored 10 points for Killeen, which led 37-31 at halftime and 50-39 to start the fourth quarter.
Shoemaker goes 1-1 in Hill Country Classic - At Lakeway, the Grey Wolves started the day with a strong 19-7 first quarter run, but ended it with a loss in its second game thanks to a bad first quarter.
Shoemaker used a strong first quarter to defeat Schertz Clemens 67-46. Malcolm McDonald led them with 19 points and Chris Runnels had 18. Against, St. Stephens in the tournament quarterfinals, Shoemaker (6-4) only scored five points in the first quarter and fell 54-49.
McDonald again led the Grey Wolves in scoring, this time with 13 points.
Shoemaker plays Belton today at 9 a.m.
Belton has up and down day in Hill Country - At Lakeway, the Tigers survived a three-pointer barrage by Laredo Nixon, but then ran out of gas.
Belton (4-6) won its opening-round game of the Hill Country Classic at Lake Travis, defeating Nixon 85-65 off a 28-point effort by Sean Voss. Nixon, though, shot 36 three-pointers - making 13 - in a fast-paced game.
It took the wind out of the Tigers, who then fell to Austin High 78-54. Voss led Belton with 18 points in the loss.
Ellison pulls upset; falls in 2OT - At Pflugerville, Jaleel Williams scored 26 points as the Eagles upset No.9 Austin Akins 61-54 at the Pflugerville Tournament.
Ellison (6-6) used a 17-7 second quarter to take control of the game.
Earlier, Devonte Brown scored 26 points but Ellison couldn't cap it's third-quarter rally and fell to Round Rock, 69-60, for the second time this season.
Ellison outscored Round Rock 19-11 in the third quarter to take a three-point lead into the fourth. The Dragons forced overtime and then a second extra period where they pulled away, outscoring Ellison 18-9.
Copperas Cove reaches Rebel championship - At Buda, Juwan Rice, Ricardo Artis and Jonathan Bridges each scored 12 points, and the Bulldawgs pulled away from Austin Lanier, 55-51, to reach the Hays Rebel Classic championship game against Leander at 4:30 p.m. today.
Tied at 26 at halftime and trailing 38-37 starting the fourth quarter, Copperas Cove (7-4) outscored Lanier 18-13 in the fourth quarter to win its semifinal the same way they beat San Marcos earlier in the day.
Ahead just 46-44 going into the fourth agianst San Marcos, the Bulldawgs won the final period 23-13. Artis scored a game-high 26 and Robert King added 16 in that game.
Lampasas 78, Valley Mills 30 - At Hamilton, Lazurus Salazar and Secody Howard combined to score 30 points to match Valley Mills' final. Eight other Badgers scored, leading Lampasas into a quarterfinal of the Ted Jones Memorial Tournament.
Salazar scored 16, Howard 14 and Brandon Scott added 11 to help the Badgers (6-6) outscore Valley Mills 27-7 in the first quarter. Lampasas led 51-17 at halftime.
Gatesville wins two in bracket play - At Hamilton, the Hornets shook off two Thursday losses with back-to-back wins on Friday in the Ted Jones Memorial tournament to reach the championship semifinals.
Gatesville (5-8) lost both of its pool play games on Thursday but beat Early, 67-56, and then Hamilton, 50-29, on Friday and will play either Lampasas or 2A No. 3 Crocket in a semifinal today at 11 a.m.
Freshman Seth Martin scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Hornets over Early and Nardi Meyers scored 10 in the win over Hamilton.
Killeen 45, Abilene 38 - At Granbury, the Lady Roos outscored Abilene 16-5 in the fourth quarter to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket at the Granbury Tournament.
Killeen (8-6) was led by Jasmine Goodwine, who scored 10 points, and rallied from a 33-29 fourth quarter deficit.
The Lady Roos play the winner of Crowley and Fossil Ridge today at 12:30 p.m.
Arlington Bowie 59, Harker Heights 51 - At Hillsboro, it was almost like deja vu for the Lady Knights. They lost to Arlington Bowie by almost the exact same score as they did when the two teams played at Belton's Chisholm Trail Classic (57-51).
Shanice Davis led Harker Heights (13-4) with 13 points and Jaquan Jackson added 10.
Heights' problems came in the second quarter, where it was outscored 19-12.
Florence 54, Granger 16 - At Jarrell, the Lady Buffaloes grounded Granger into the ground for the second time this year and in the process has already doubled its win total from a year ago.
Last season, Florence (8-6) struggled all season, finishing with a 4-24 record. This season, they have already guaranteed themselves a winning record when they start district play Tuesday against Rogers. The Lady Buffs face Troy today at 10 a.m.
Marble Falls Faith Academy 46, Lampasas 39 - At Marble Falls, Despite 30 points from Kayla Prescott, the Lady Badgers lost another close one.
Lampasas (3-13) was outscored 12-7 in the fourth quarter as tjhe Lady flames pulled away late. It was the Badgers' ninth loss by seven points or less.