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11-5A BOYS BASKETBALL: Rowlett, Lakeview, Naaman Forest continue winning ways
Rowlett opened the second half of district play the way it started the first, with a convincing victory over Sachse.
The Eagles dominated in the first half and went on to a 68-44 victory over the Mustangs, who saw their lead on fourth place drop to one-half game.
Rowlett took charge from the start with a 16-7 run and pushed the advantage to 36-18 by halftime. The second half was tighter, but Sachse was unable to mount a serious charge.
Nathan Hawkins had 22 points, Derrick Davis scored 15 and Jeffrey Carroll added 10 for the Eagles. Jake Gross scored 10 points and A.J. Goss tallied nine for the Mustangs.
Rowlett will play at South Garland on Friday before squaring off with Naaman Forest as it tries to hold on to second place.
The Mustangs have a pivotal game at home on Friday against Garland. With a win, they will solidify their spot in fourth place, but a loss would drop them behind the Owls and into fifth.
Rowlett got off to a huge start and never looked back on Friday in a 59-47 victory over Garland.
The Eagles came out on fire, opening a 24-9 lead after one quarter. The Owls hung around, getting the deficit back to single digits at halftime, but could never stage a serious run.
Carroll scored 21 points, Hawkins had 16 and Austin Luke tallied 15 to provide a bulk of the Rowlett offense.
Sachse was hoping to be the first 11-5A team to knock off Lakeview, but it was unable to follow up on a good first quarter in a 68-53 loss.
The Mustangs jumped on the Patriots early in opening a seven-point lead, but Lakeview responded with a 20-6 spurt in the second quarter and was able to pull away from there.
Gross had 10 points and Chance Bailey added eight to lead Sachse.
Lakeview 7-0 23-5
Rowlett 6-1 19-3
Naaman Forest 5-2 10-16
Sachse 3-4 11-13
Garland 2-4 10-15
South Garland 1-6 6-15
North Garland 0-7 5-16
Rowlett 68, Sachse 44
Lakeview 63, South Garland 43
Naaman Forest 62, North Garland 51
Rowlett 59, Garland 47
Lakeview 68, Sachse 53
South Garland 79, North Garland 71
Naaman Forest, bye
Rowlett at South Garland
Garland at Sachse
Lakeview at Naaman Forest
North Garland, bye
Naaman Forest at Rowlett
South Garland at Garland
North Garland at Lakeview