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Romines Tournament: Lobos to meet Lufkin in championship game

By Hayden Henry
Dec. 29, 2017 at 7:59 p.m.

Longview's Jason Bush eyes the basket during Friday's December 29, 2017 game against Liberty-Eylau. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Longview defended the court throughout pool play of the Texas Bank and Trust/Longview Regional Leroy Romines Memorial Tournament over the past two days.

Now, the Lobos (14-3) will play for a shot at the tournament title.

Longview finished 4-0 through two days on play, capping pool play with wins over Hempstead (70-46) and Liberty-Eylau (68-59).

That sets up today's tournament championship game against Lufkin, which ran the table in Pool B. The tip off for today's title game is set for 1 p.m. at Lobo Coliseum.

"It's a big deal for us," Longview head coach Don Newton said. "I met Mrs. Romines after the game for the first time and that was neat just to talk to her briefly.

"I know the tournament means a lot to her and her family for what they've done for Longview basketball. For us to work our way to the championship game, I'm proud of that."

Longview's two-day run includes wins over Hallsville, an overtime thriller against Trimble Tech and Friday's pair of wins.

Up next, for the third time this season, the Lobos and Panthers square off once again, this time with hardware on the line. Both previous meetings were Longview wins.

"It'll be a great way to send us back into district play with what we're about to face," Newton said. "Lufkin is a good team. We've played twice, yes, but I don't think either team was at full strength like they both are now. Both teams made great and long runs in football so it's all coming together now both ways.

"It'll give us a great indication of where we're at moving forward."

Lufkin finished pool play at 3-0 with wins over Henderson (69-44) and Pine Tree (63-52) on Thursday. The Panthers closed out with a 62-57 win over John Tyler on Friday.

LONGVIEW 68 LIBERTY-EYLAU 59

After jumping to a big start over the Leopards on a 10-0 opening run, Longview had 11 players record points in the 68-59 win over Liberty-Eylau.

Jason Bush and Phillip Washington finished in double digits for the Lobos, recording 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Washington finished with six assists, five rebounds and two steals for the Lobos, who led 19-11 after the first quarter and 37-23 at halftime.

Malik Henry followed with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. Jaylin Brown had six points and seven rebounds while Haynes King dropped seven points.

The Lobos held the advantage on the board, 38-26, to overcome less-than-stellar shooting early on. Longview's first turnover of the game came with 2:19 left in the third quarter.

"We were a little tired today but played well in spurts," Newton said. "I think we used our size well against L-E and we were able to pick up a few more offensive rebounds than what we've been averaging.

"We were able to get a ton of guys minutes today, which was the plan. We've got to continue to find consistent play. I feel like we've got six or seven but we need eight or nine that we can count on consistently for their effort."

Jaiden Smith finished with four points, five rebounds and two assists and Cameron Starling added four points and four rebounds.

Washington followed a three from Chase Glasper with both shots coming off assists from Jerrian Lewis in Longview's 10-0 run to start.

A putback from Starling with 59 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Lobos its largest lead, 55-32.

LONGVIEW 70 HEMPSTEAD 46

In early-morning action, Longview jumped to a 16-5 lead over Hempstead in the first quarter and rolled from there to a 70-46 win.

King dropped six threes for a team-high 18 points for the Lobos, who led 40-18 at halftime and had 10 players record points.

Starling added nine points, followed by eight from Bush. Lewis and Henry followed with seven points.

Vintraylin Thomas led Hempstead with 16 points.

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

Seventh Place: Hallsville vs. Henderson, 10 a.m., Green Gym

Fifth Place: Pine Tree vs. Liberty-Eylau, 10 a.m., Lobo Coliseum

Third Place: Trimble Tech vs. John Tyler, 11:30 a.m., Lobo Coliseum

Championship: Longview vs. Lufkin, 1 p.m., Lobo Coliseum

DAY 2 RECAP

PINE TREE 60, HENDERSON 30: JJ Sparkman led a trio of Pirates in double digits in 60-30 rout of Henderson.

Isaiah Lawson followed with 12 points and Keshon Williams had 10 for Pine Tree, who led 15-6 after the first quarter.

Markell Washington had a team-high 14 points for Henderson in the loss.

TRIMBLE TECH 76, HALLSVILLE 56: Trimble Tech rallied in the second quarter and pulled away in the third in a 76-56 win over Hallsville.

Shadd Berg dropped a game-high 23 points in the loss for Hallsville, who led 14-12 after the first. Jeremy Swalley followed with 12 points for the Bobcats.

Jujuan White led Trimble Tech with 22 points and Tariq Roberts had 17.

LIBERTY-EYLAU 70, HALLSVILLE 69: Hallsville mounted a second-half comeback but fell just short in a 70-69 loss to Liberty-Eylau.

The Leopards led 41-32 at halftime and 58-55 heading into the fourth quarter.

Shadd Berg dropped 23 points for Hallsville, followed by 10 from Kobe Hogan.

Isaiah Cross led L-E with 15 points, Decorian Phillips had 14 and Kameron Green followed with 13.

JOHN TYLER 74, HENDERSON 61: John Tyler jumped to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter en route to a 74-61 win over Henderson.

Quinn Hall had 18 points in the loss for Henderson. Caleb Medford followed with 12 points.

Michael Hogg had 22 points and Jaivon Williams 19 for John Tyler.

OTHER SCORES: Kevontae Hurts had 24 points as Lufkin beat John Tyler, 62-57; Roberts had 19 points, leading four in double digits in Trimble Tech’s 74-44 win over Hempstead

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)

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