Tuesday's game between Poteet and North Forney was supposed to be an evenly-matched contest between two teams tied in the district standings.
It turned out to be anything but a fair fight.
The Pirates opened the game on a 20-2 run and never looked back in a 62-35 victory over the Falcons as they improved to 3-1 in 10-4A and moved into a tie for second place with Carrollton Newman Smith.
Poteet (8-6) used a balanced scoring effort led by 12 points from Chris Murphy and 11 each from Jonathan Parker and Bryson Wells.
The Pirates did not stop after their early run, stretching the lead to 33-8 by halftime and 54-23 through three quarters. Tyrell Choice accounted for more than a third of the North Forney scoring with 12 points.
West Mesquite's struggles continued on Tuesday with a 53-44 loss to Forney. As has been the case in recent games, the Wranglers (3-14, 0-4) had their chances.
They were within 26-23 at halftime and stayed close through the second half but yet again, were unable to make a decisive late run.
Coye Campbell led West Mesquite with 21 points with Austin Denmon chipping in with seven, while the Jackrabbits got 17 points from Kaelon Pedford as they moved into a tie for fourth place with North Forney and Carrollton Creekview at 2-2.
The Mustangs got 13 points from Deandre Abram and 11 from Destin Ogueri and Will Romaine in a 66-27 rout of Terrell on Tuesday.
In the marquee game of the night, Highland Park (4-0), the No. 8 team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A state poll, took over sole possession of first place in 10-4A with a 73-60 win over Carrollton Creekview (3-1). Evan Beucler scored 22 points and Derek Cohn added 18 for the Scots to help offset 22 points by Deandre Burns and 20 from Darion Brown for the Trojans.
Poteet will try to continue its strong play on Friday when it goes on the road to face crosstown rival West Mesquite. The Pirates then have a big game on Tuesday at Carrollton Newman Smith with the Wranglers hosting Carrollton Creekview.
The new-look West Mesquite basketball team has certainly showed improvement since the start of the season.
But those strides have not translated into district victories just yet.
The Wranglers battled 10-4A co-leader Carrollton Newman Smith down to the wire on Friday before dropping a 78-70 decision.
West Mesquite got off to a good start but slumped in the second quarter to fall into a 44-32 deficit.
The Wranglers refused to go away, scoring 22 points in the third quarter to pull to within striking distance at 58-54, but they would not have enough left to complete the comeback.
Campbell had 22 points to lead a quartet of West Mesquite players in double figures. Jordon Ward had 14 points, Donovin Haynes scored 13 and Denmon chipped in with 11.
The Trojans got 23 points from Burns and 12 each from Brown and Elimu Jackson as they moved to 3-0 and remained tied for first place with Highland Park.
The Scots had a struggle on Friday against Carrollton Creekview, but behind 22 points from Beucler and 18 from Clayton Murtha, they were able to rally in the fourth quarter for a 57-51 victory.
North Forney stayed a game back of the district leaders with a 66-36 rout of Forney to improve to 2-1. Choice had 14 points and JaCorey Jones added 10 for the Falcons.
After a nearly two-week break from district competition, the 10-4A boys basketball teams returned to the court on Tuesday.
It was a good day for Poteet, who held off Carrollton Creekview, 48-36, to pick up its first district victory as it moved into a tie for third place.
West Mesquite was hoping to do the same but was not as fortunate in a 86-59 loss to state-ranked Highland Park.
The Wranglers hung tough for much of the game but the second quarter was their undoing. The teams were tied at 16-16 after eight minutes, but the Scots exploded for 31 points to take a 47-28 lead into halftime.
West Mesquite stayed with Highland Park in the second half, but was unable to make a dent in its deficit.
Campbell led all scorers with the Wranglers with 24 points, with Denmon adding 11. The Scots got 22 points from Clayton Murtha and 21 from Cahn.
Joining Highland Park as the teams to win their first two games in district was Carrollton Newman Smith, who used 24 points from Burns to race to a 82-53 win over North Forney.
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