Sitting perilously on the edge of playoff eligibility with a handful of regular season games to go, the Lewisville High School boys basketball team swept district opponents the beginning of February — claiming wins over 5-6A’s best and worst teams.
The wins set up a season-ending push for postseason qualification with a week to go in the boys hoops regular season.
Highlighting the week’s action was a 52-51 win over district leader Hebron on Tuesday. The game featured multiple lead changes and wasn’t decided until Marcus Jefferson’s three-point play on a driving layup and ensuing free throw with a handful of seconds remaining on the game clock.
Jefferson’s game-winning play came moments after Hebron’s Preston Enloe hit a three-pointer to give the Hawks the lead, and propelled the Farmers into a tie for third place in the district with Euless Trinity.
“To be honest, I was just hoping for a tie,” LHS coach Gary Collier said about Jefferson’s game-ending play. “We put the ball in the hands of the guy we trust and he didn’t settle for the three-point shot, drove hard, and made a free throw in a serious pressure situation.”
The win snapped a seven-game Hebron winning streak and avenged a 70-54 loss to the Hawks during the first half of district play.
Jefferson led all LHS scorers with 15 points. Patrick Bethea’s 13 points included a second quarter bucket that gave the Farmers their first lead in the game, and Jawuan Lane added 10.
The trio of veteran players were able to rest most of the second half in the Farmers’ 59-39 win over Hurst LD Bell on Friday, Feb. 3 — when they weren’t celebrating their younger teammates electrifying plays.
Little-used freshman O’Cyrus Girtmon scored eight points against the Raiders, but none were more exciting than his thunderous dunk after a steal that brought the LHS Arena to life with three minutes left in the first half. The fireworks didn’t conclude there, as junior Arshveer Mattu threw down a slam after a drive through the lane late in the game.
Nine LHS players scored against last-place Bell and Jefferson led the Farmers with 15 points.
“It was really good to get everyone on the floor,” Collier said. “It was definitely a fun game to watch as a fan, and set us off to Hebron feeling good about ourselves.”
LHS closes out the regular season against two teams in the top half of the district standings. The Farmer’s lost 55-48 to the Flower Mound Jaguars at Friday’s game. The Farmers close out the regular season at home against Euless Trinity on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Girls basketball open playoffs on Monday
The LHS girls basketball team will open postseason play against Allen at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Carrollton RL Turner High School.
The Lady Farmers, who have won eight of their last nine games, finished second in District 5-6A after wins over Bell and Hebron last week. Allen is the third-place finisher from 6-6A.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Friday night’s basketball score for the boys’ team.