ROWLETT BOYS BASKETBALL

Just two weeks into the 9-6A season, the standings have an incomplete look to them.

Due to a variety of COVID-19-related postponements, Rowlett and Garland have each played four games, while South Garland, conversely, has only one district contest under its belt.

Though there is a limited body of work from which to draw from, a couple of things are clear and that is the Owls and Wylie have established themselves as they early teams to beat.

Garland continued its torrid start to the season, improving to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in district with a 57-44 win over Rowlett, who fell to 0-4 in 9-6A.

Zuby Ejiofor is the frontrunner for district most valuable player honors and his talents were on display once again on Friday, as he poured in a game-high 24 points. The Owls also got eight points from Aaron King and seven from Jordan Hudson.

The Eagles had a balanced scoring effort that included eight points from Wesley Shepherd and seven each from Jeremiah Evans, Matthew Ellis and Landen Johnson.

Wylie had a busy, but successful, weekend, winning a pair of games to move to 3-0.

The Pirates started on Friday with a hard-fought 61-54 overtime win over Sachse.

The Mustangs (1-2) trailed 28-17 at halftime, but came roaring back in the third quarter, using a 20-4 run to turn a double-digit deficit into a five-point lead.

But Wylie was able to regroup in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then outscored Sachse 9-2 in the extra period to pull out the win.

Dylan McKeon had a game-high 24 points for the Mustangs, with Kai Smith scoring 13 and Alex Orji chipping in with six. Tyler Booty led the Pirates with 18 points, with Kobe Wiggins and Kwame Massily also in double figures with 15 and 13, respectively.

Just a few hours later, Wylie returned to the court for a Saturday matinee, where it claimed a 62-46 victory over Naaman Forest (1-1).

It was a methodical effort for the Pirates, who grabbed the early lead and steadily built on it, taking a 52-36 advantage to the fourth quarter.

Wiggins led the charge with 26 points, with Booty tallying nine and Masilly and Messay Gharbin each adding eight.

The Rangers got 13 points from Autavius Hobbs, 10 from Drealyn Mosley and eight each from Coleman Craddock and Justin Whitmore.

Only two of the four games on Tuesday’s docket are still scheduled to be played, as Sachse takes on Naaman Forest and North Garland hosts Wylie. The Rowlett/Lakeview and South Garland/Garland games have been postponed to a later date.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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