ET Basketball: Lobos topple Rockwall in district opener
Dec. 20, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.
Longview's work on a new system under a new coach was building up to Wednesday night when the second part of the schedule started.
With defending district champion Rockwall coming in town to start the District 11-6A race, the Lobos delivered all around.
Behind a big night from Jason Bush and a total-team effort, Longview knocked off Rockwall, 65-56, in the 11-6A opener for both schools at Lobo Coliseum.
Longview moves to 10-3 on the year, while Rockwall drops to 10-7.
"This is what we've been working for," Longview head coach Don Newton said. "I think the kids were ready and I thought we had great performances across the board."
Bush sparked an early run that put the Lobos ahead for good and played a key role when the YellowJackets mounted a fourth-quarter comeback attempt.
With Longview's football season ending this past weekend, several made the move to the court, including Jaylin Brown, who was tasked with guarding Rockwall blue-chip guard Samuell Williamson, who had a team-high 19 points for the YellowJackets.
"I think Jason played phenomenal," Newton said. "I think Jaylin Brown was ready to perform and did an amazing job on defense on a guy that's got some major offers and to home him at bay, that's a good night."
Bush led three Lobos in double digits with a 24-point, 13-rebound night. Phillip Washington followed with 17 points and added five assists.
Jerrian Lewis finished with 12 points, three assists and two steals for the Lobos, who led 30-23 at halftime.
"We defended well tonight, they've certainly got some shooters," Newton said. "We stayed on our heels and it came down to some toughness.
"We didn't lose focus and I'm proud of this young team for the way they played tonight."
The teams combined for 20 threes on the night. Rockwall held a 28-27 advantage on the boards and had 12 turnovers to 15 for the Lobos.
The three-point barrage started early with Alec Grandstaff opening the scoring with his first of six threes. Lewis answered with one of his own on the other end.
After an 8-8 in the first quarter, had nine points down the stretch and opened the second quarter with his third trey of the night.
Rockwall pulled to within five, 42-37, early in the fourth quarter before a 9-0 run from Longview, including six more points from Bush, thwarted it. Longview built a 17-point lead and Washington iced it with four straight from three-throw line.
Longview next hosts the Leroy Romines Memorial Tournament, which features 10 teams and kicks off on Dec. 28.