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Leroy Romines Memorial Tournament: Longview claims two very different wins

By Hayden Henry
Dec. 28, 2017 at 10:10 p.m.

Longview's Jason Bush looks to make a pass during Thursday's December 28, 2017 game against Hallsville. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Longview stuck to the plan on Thursday on the opening day of the Texas Bank and Trust/Longview Regional 2017 Leroy Romines Memorial Tournament.

With that, the Lobos turned in a 2-0 day on the home court.

Longview opened action Thursday morning with a convincing, wire-to-wire win over Hallsville, 60-38.

In the nightcap against Fort Worth Trimble Tech, it simply came down to the wire with the Lobos taking a 71-62 overtime win to close out action.

"In the first game, that was probably the best ball movement we've had all year, making the extra pass, knocking down the open shot and sharing the basketball," Longview head coach Don Newton said. "Then tonight, getting to play a very talented team this evening with how many shot they made, it really tested our desire to stay in the zone and continue to work.

"I couldn't be more proud of their effort."

LONGVIEW 71, TRIMBLE TECH 62, OT: Trimble Tech had just knocked down their 13th three of the game for the 15th lead change of the night with 52 seconds left.

Jerrian Lewis had the answer from deep in the corner on the other side of the court for a 59-all tie with 40 seconds left, sending the back-and-forth affair into an extra four minutes.

Phillip Washington opened the extra time with a three for the 16th and final lead change of the night. From there, Jason Bush added seven of his game-high points the rest of the way 32 points to send the Lobos out with the overtime win.

Bush added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Washington added 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Lewis had six points, matching a six-point, five-rebound, two-assist night from Jaylin Brown. Chase Glasper had six points and six rebounds as well on a night the Lobos controlled the boards, 40-22.

Tariq Roberts led Trimble Tech (11-5) with 26 points, connecting on eight of the Bulldogs' 14 three-pointers in the game. Trimble Tech finished 14-of-42 from beyond the arc, often times very deep.

Jujaun White and Bradley Mobley had 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Longview built an early six-point lead before the onslaught from deep picked up from Trimble Tech. The Lobos led by one points after the first quarter (15-14) and at halftime (25-24).

With Longview up 40-35 late in the third quarter, Trimble Tech drained four threes down the stretch to take the lead heading into the fourth, a margin they expanded to a game-high seven points with 5:40 left.

Trailing by four, 56-52, with 1:58 showing, Brown connected on two from the free-throw line and took a dish down low from Bush for a 56-all score with 1:10 left.

"I just saw us stick to the plan and have a little bit of toughness," Newton said. "We had to hit the big three down there. We didn't call a time out, we just went to one of our sets. I'm proud of their desire to keep playing, keep going and keep working."

Running the four corners, Roberts drained another three with 52 seconds left before Lewis took a dish from Washington in the corner and drained the tying triple, sending the contest to overtime.

After Washington's three, Bush had a three-point play and Longview closed out the final 1:48 on a 6-0 run for the win.

LONGVIEW 60, HALLSVILLE 38: Longview opened the day on a roll, jumping to a 13-0 lead over Hallsville and breaking open a 29-5 lead midway through the second quarter.

Eleven Lobos got in the scoring action, led by 13 from Bush, who had eight rebounds. Washington and Malik Henry followed with eight points. Brown had eight points for the Lobos, who had a 39-21 advantage on boards over the Bobcats.

Glasper and Haynes King followed with seven for the Lobos, who were able to use multiple lineups throughout, a plan Newton said will continue in today's final two games of pool play.

"I'm telling them, we're still evaluating," Newton said. "We've got a lot of guys getting minutes and playing under me for the first time so we're still trying to make sure that we don't miss any chances to get better and that will be the goal (today), to stick to the process and stick to the plan of trying to improve within the system."

Jeremy Swalley led Hallsville with 14 points, followed by 11 points from Shadd Berg.

Longview takes on Hempstead at 10 a.m. today in the Green Gym and meets Liberty-Eylau at 4 p.m. at Lobo Coliseum.

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)



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