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Boys Basketball: Massenburge plays big role in Kilgore's playoff return

By Jack Stallard
Feb. 13, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Jerrick Massenburge wasn't alive the last time Kilgore made the playoffs in basketball, but he's a big reason the Bulldogs are headed to the postseason this year.

Massenburge earned Player of the Week honors from the Longview News-Journal after averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds in wins over Nacogdoches and John Tyler. He scored 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and an assist on Tuesday in a 63-61 win over Nacogdoches, and came back with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 64-56 win over John Tyler.

The win over JT clinched a playoff spot for Kilgore, and according to Kilgore News Herald sports editor Mitch Lucas, that's the first trip to the basketball playoffs for the Bulldogs since the 1981-82 season.

Other outstanding performances:

Spring Hill's <em style="bold">Brandon Robbins</em> had 24 points, five assists and three steals and teammate Ben Brundrett contributed a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double in a 65-46 win over Gilmer.

Ore City's <em style="bold">Deste Tatum</em> finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 7-of-7 field goals, and teammate <em style="bold">Kendrick Gilstrap</em> pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out five assists and grabbed six rebounds in a 65-57 win over New Diana. <em style="bold">Dalton Hildreth</em> had 14 of his 17 points in the second half, adding six rebounds and five assists.

Harmony's <em style="bold">Seth Boling</em> dropped in five three-pointers and finished with 22 points in a 73-43 win over Union Grove.

Tatum's <em style="bold">Cole Hughes</em> finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 71-53 win over Waskom.

Jefferson's <em style="bold">Cordarryl Hale</em> had 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals in a 66-45 win over Harleton. Teammate <em style="bold">Devonte Singleton</em> added 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and David Police chipped in with seven points, 10 assists and seven steals. In a 63-29 win over Elysian Fields, Singleton had 11 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block and Hale finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

Union Hill's <em style="bold">Steven Radosavljveic</em> finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal in a 66-44 win over Bloomburg.

Longview Christian School's <em style="bold">Grant McNamara</em> had 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and teammates <em style="bold">Matt Rice</em> (15 rebounds) and <em>Cole Anglin</em> (12 rebounds) helped control the paint for the Eagles in a 48-45 win over East Texas Christian School.

<strong>SPEAKING OF HISTORY</strong>

When Nacogdoches visits Hallsville tonight to close out the regular season, it will mark the final high school game to be played in the gymnasium located on Bobcat Lane.

The old gym will still be used by the junior high teams, and the Ladycats and Bobcats varsity squads will begin play next s eason in a new, 1,960-seat gymnasium.

<strong>TABC POLL</strong>

White Oak remained second behind Idalou in Class 2A in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll released on Monday.

Tatum is No. 14 in Class 2A, Tenaha No. 4 in 1A Division I and Laneville in 1A Division II.

Top-ranked teams this week are Flower Mound Marcus in 5A, Yates in 4A, La Vega in 3A, Clarksville in 1A Division I and Laneville in 1A Division II.

<strong>THE WEEK AHEAD</strong>

The Longview Lobos, who locked up a playoff spot on Friday, will close out the regular season at DeSoto tonight. Other games of note include Pine Tree at Marshall, Nacogdoches at Hallsville, Whitehouse at Kilgore, Carthage at Spring Hill and New Diana at White Oak.

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