Saturday, February 24, 2018

ET Basketball: Longview Lobos fall at home, 65-51, to Rockwall-Heath

By Hayden Henry
Feb. 2, 2018 at 11:05 p.m.

Rockwall-Heath entered the fourth quarter with three shots in the paint after a barrage of 3-pointers through the first three quarters.

Three shots in the paint from the Hawks in the final frame, however, was the difference.

Longview trimmed a double-digit lead down to a single point before Rockwall-Heath closed on a big run, taking a 65-51 win over the Lobos in District 11-6A action on Friday at Lobo Coliseum.

With the win, Heath (22-9) remains atop the 11-6A standings at 10-1. Longview, who recorded its first district road win on Tuesday, drops to 6-5 in district play with its first home 11-6A loss of the season with three regular-season games left.

In a beyond-the-arc night from both teams, Heath, who dropped 22 threes in a 92-53 win over the Lobos in the first meeting, finished with 14 3-pointers, all coming in the first three quarters. Longview finished with seven from deep.

Rockwall-Heath, which led by double digits in the second quarter and 34-27 at halftime, built its largest lead of the night, 43-29, with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

Longview closed the gap with a 9-0 run to pull within five, 43-38. Heath dropped its final three with 19 seconds left in the third for a seven-point lead, 48-41, entering the fourth.

Jason Bush, who led the Lobos with 15 points, had two steals, setting up threes from Phillip Washington and Haynes King to pull within one, 48-47.

Heath went to the possession game and went on a 6-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back buckets from Brent Clark in the paint, for a seven-point lead.

Longview, who went 0-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-12 from three in the fourth quarter, finished with four points from there. Heath closed the game on a 9-0 run with all nine points coming from the free-throw line.

Bush added nine points and two assists to his night. Malik Henry turned in a nine-point, nine-rebound game for the Lobos. Jaylin Brown had seven points, seven rebounds and two assists while King added eight points and two assists. Washington finished with four assists in the loss for Longview.

Kolton Pruitt and Luke Cox combined for 31 points and eight threes for the Hawks, who went 14-of-32 from deep overall, including a 6-of-7 mark in the second quarter. Clark finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Longview controlled the boards in the first half, 17-8, before the Hawks took a 20-18 edge in the second half.

Heath turned in 18 points, including four threes, off 10 Lobo turnovers.

Pruitt and Cox got going early with two quick threes to open the night. Jerrian Lewis answered with one of his own for the Lobos, who took their lone lead of the night, 7-6, on a bucket from Henry. Clark scored with eight seconds left in the first for a 14-11 Heath lead.

The Hawks drained its first four three attempts in the second and built a 10-point lead, 31-21, with 2:27 left before halftime. The final nine points before the break came from deep on one from Cox for a 34-27 Hawk lead.

The pair started the second quarter in similar fashion, connecting on two more threes, both of Lobo turnovers. Clark added one for a 14-point lead.

Henry had five points, Bush took a dish from King, who added a jumper of his own in a 9-0 Lobo run from there.

Bush had two steals to open the fourth, both leading to Lobo threes before the Hawks took control from there to complete the season sweep.

Longview visits Mesquite on Tuesday while Heath hosts Mesquite Horn.

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)



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