This is not the busiest week of tournaments for area basketball teams, but a handful of local squads are taking part in various events.
The North Mesquite boys split a pair of games at the Forney ISD Winter Classic on Thursday.
The Stallions opened with a 52-43 loss to Sulphur Springs. North Mesquite stayed within striking distance the entire way, but was unable to make a decisive push, despite 14 points from Jamor Mallard and 11 from Darron Wright.
The Stallions bounced back later in the day, evening their record at 7-7 with a 53-48 win over McKinney Boyd.
The game was tied after three quarters, but this time, North Mesquite was able to make the late surge to earn the victory. D.J. Johnson paced the offense with 17 points, with Tre’Shaun Harrell also in double figures with 12.
West Mesquite (3-6) won its opener of the Cedar Hill Lions Club Tournament with a 76-53 victory over W.T. White. The Wranglers broke a tie game by doubling up the Longhorns, 26-13, in the second quarter and pulled away from there.
Glen Gilbert and Josh Bennett each tallied 13 points. Juju Hargrave scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and Iraun Hawkins and Solo Clark each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
The Sunnyvale girls (9-3) got off to a great start at the Brownsboro East Texas Shootout with a pair of victories on Thursday.
The Raiders cruised past Longview Pine Tree in a 67-22 rout. Sunnyvale did not allow more than eight points in any quarter and closed the game on a 26-3 run. Daniela Marcor scored 19 points, Takoya Stallings had 16 and Brinley Andrews chipped in with nine.
Sunnyvale took control in the second half to earn a 59-43 win over Mineola. They scored 19 points in the first half, but eclipsed that total in the third quarter alone, using a 21-8 spurt to pull away. Marcor and Stallings again led the way with 19 and 16 points, respectively, with Haley Settle adding eight.