The UIL basketball playoffs ended for the Kilgore High School Bulldogs Tuesday night in Nacogdoches, but the Sabine Cardinals will move on to the second round.
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 got 28 points from Will Shawn and beat Beckville, 81-62. The Cardinals will play Daingerfield in the second round. That game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gladewater High School. (More on Sabine below)
Kilgore lost its game with state-ranked Center in Nacogdoches, 78-57. 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 that could very well be one of the best in the state, 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 the rest of the way in the quarter, and couldn't recover. Without that run, it would have been a vastly different game.
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, and 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.
After a feeling-out process in the first quarter, which ended with the Cardinals up just 11-9, the teams began to light it up in the second.
Beckville got within three points, 33-30, just before halftime, but Sabine senior Will Shawn hit a long-distance three-pointer at the buzzer and sent his team to halftime up 36-30.
Shawn had a night to remember: 28 points, and seven three-pointers, including one from three-quarters court.
Shawn also had nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.
Tray Oliver came up big for the Cardinals, as well, going for 21 points and 14 rebounds. Eylan Goodwyn had 18 points and 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.
Sabine, coached by Colby Carr, is now 25-5 on the season.