In the marquee showdown of the night, Rockwall-Heath maintained its hold on first place with a 73-65 victory over Mesquite, but that was not the only big tilt on the docket, as every 11-6A game had major playoff implications.
Horn took a big step forward and at the same time hurt rival North Mesquite’s playoff hopes with a hard-fought 54-52 victory.
The game was close throughout as neither team led by more than two points at the end of any of the four quarters. Fittingly, overtime followed the same script, but the Jaguars were able to hit the game-winner in the waning seconds.
The Jaguars improve to 5-5 in 11-6A and move into sole possession of fifth place, one game ahead of North Mesquite (4-6).
CJ Harris led all scorers with 19 points with Caleb Harston also in double figures with 11 for Horn. The Stallions got 13 points from Lamaraye Brown, 12 from Jerry Carraway and nine each from Kenyata Ento and Darron Wright.
Rockwall moved into a tie for second place with Mesquite at 7-3 with a 58-36 win over Tyler Lee. The Yellowjackets led by only two at the break but took control with a 20-4 surge in the third quarter. Samuell Williamson once again led the way for Rockwall with 21 points.
One of those teams will move into the driver’s seat for second when the Yellowjackets host the Skeeters on Friday.
Longview also stayed in the thick of the race and is in fourth place at 6-4 after holding off Tyler John Tyler for a 75-74 victory in overtime.
The Lobos must face Rockwall-Heath on Friday. Horn is at home against Tyler John Tyler while North Mesquite goes on the road to take on Tyler Lee.
West Mesquite needed what transpired on Tuesday in the worst way.
After a four-game losing streak sent them from first place to being on the brink of missing the playoffs, the Wranglers regained their groove with a 80-55 rout of Wylie East.
West Mesquite improves to 5-5 in 15-5A and moves one game ahead of Poteet (4-6), who dropped a 70-57 decision to Royse City.
The Wranglers led by six at halftime and then took control during the next two quarters, outscoring the Raiders 42-23. Dylan Wright and Ketrick Ford led West Mesquite with 15 points, with Greg Kidd and CJ Mitchell each adding 10.
The Pirates could not keep pace with district-leading Royse City. The teams were tied after one quarter, but the Bulldogs steadily pulled away from there. Jamal Ford had 18 points, Maurice Record scored 13 and Tyler Jones was also in double figures with 11 for Poteet.
Royse City clinched a playoff berth in improving to 9-1 as they open a two-game lead on the field.
That is because Forney held off Highland Park for a 52-48 overtime win that left both teams tied for second place at 7-3.
The Jackrabbits trailed 29-17 at halftime but came roaring back behind 17 points from Ryan Milby and 11 from Corby Filice. That helped offset a big effort from Will Enzor, who poured in 29 points for the Scots.
Lovejoy gave its playoff hopes a boost, outlasting North Forney in double overtime for a76-67 win. Trevor Hawley had 16 points and Kolby McSpadden and Luke Ledebur each added 15 as the Leopards outscored the Falcons 16-7 in the second extra frame. Jackson Ennels paced North Forney with 20 points, while Barclay Ford and Tre Summers tallied 18 and 12, respectively.
West Mesquite will look to make it two in a row on Friday on the road at North Forney. Poteet hosts Lovejoy in a huge game of teams tied for fifth place.
Highland Park travels to Royse City as they try to tighten up the top of the standings.