The Palestine boys’ basketball team lost their second-straight district game last Friday, setting up a potentially huge game Friday in Rusk.
The Wildcats fell to No. 25 Fairfield, 58-46, Friday, as the Eagles built up a 28-16 halftime lead and never looked back.
Gee Clark led Palestine with 11 points, while Ben Luckett also finished in double-figures with 10. Vay Davis, Jarrell Owens and Sheldon Watson each added six.
That loss comes on the heels of Palestine’s home defeat to Mexia Tuesday, moving the Wildcats to 1-2 in district play. After a bye today, the Wildcats travel to Rusk Friday.
That game becomes huge for the Wildcats who, with a win, can even their district record at 2-2 through the first round and, more importantly, have wins over the Eagles and Groesbeck, giving them the edge for 19-3A’s third-and-final playoff spot.
Games begin Friday in Rusk at 5 p.m.
Crockett 85, ELKHART 78
The Elkhart boys’ basketball team fell short Friday in a high-scoring battle for 19-2A’s second-place spot.
The Elks gave up 51 points over the second and third quarters to Crockett in a 85-78 loss, which dropped Elkhart to 4-2 in district play after the first round. The win propelled Crockett to 5-1.
Westwood currently leads the district with a 6-0 mark.
Jeffrey Wilson had 18 points for Elkhart in the loss, one of five Elks in double-figures. Jacob Cheatham added 16 and Cole Bridges had 15.
Both Brian Johnson and Luke Hollingsworth added 10 in the defeat.
Elkhart (10-11, 4-2) travels to Garrison today, with games beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, the Elks welcome in county-rival and district leader Westwood.
GRAPELAND 75, SLOCUM 55
Behind 33 points from star Patrick Walker, the third-ranked Grapeland boys’ basketball team topped Slocum Friday, 75-55.
Trevelon Hart had 11 for the Sandies in the win, while both Jacolby Simpson and Jacques Faulk had eight.
Slocum got 14 points from both Jason Neal and Connor Dickson in the loss, while Spence McDonald added 13 and Nathan Edwards had eight.