Kilgore’s boys basketball team had its last stand of the 2017-18 season Tuesday night, but held its own for three quarters against one of the state’s premier teams.
Sabine got a 28-point performance from senior Will Shawn, and moved on to round two.
The two programs were at opposite ends of the area on Tuesday night, both playing first-round games: Kilgore in the Class 4A playoffs, Sabine in 3A. Sabine (25-5) got 28 from Shawn and beat Beckville, 81-62. The Cardinals will play Daingerfield in the second round. That game was to be played Friday at Gladewater. See kilgorenewsherald.com right now for an update.
Center 78, Kilgore 57: Kilgore faced off against state-ranked Center in Nacogdoches. Coach Jerry Timmons’ Bulldogs were in the playoffs for the first time in a couple of seasons, but drew a tough first-round matchup against a Roughriders team with a 30-2 record.
The Bulldogs had life early, trailing just 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, though, Kilgore got into trouble. The Bulldogs allowed Center to outscore them 17-6, and couldn’t recover. Center shot 27-of-44, or about 61 percent.
Kilgore was led by Jeremiah Hoskins with 13 points. He also had four rebounds. Seth Thomas had 10 points. Elijah Williams had 10 points and four rebounds. Sam Kosel had seven points. Hunter Bonnette and Deiontrae Wheat each had six.
Kyle Parks led the Roughriders with 16 points.
Sabine 81, Beckville 62: Playing their first-round game at Pine Tree High School in Longview, the Cardinals continued their red-hot play.
Beckville got within three points, 33-30, just before halftime, but Shawn hit a long-distance three-pointer at the buzzer and sent his team to halftime up 36-30.
In addition to the 28 points (including seven three-pointers, one from three-quarters court), Shawn also had nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.
Tray Oliver had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Eylan Goodwyn had 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Nathan Willis had five points and four rebounds, and T Taylor had four points. Hunter Grotemat had three. Glenn George had two. Jackson Lutz and Scottie Taylor didn’t score, but helped out defensively.