While JT Warren was busy filling up the box score, senior Larry Wise found his stroke in the opening round of the 60th annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament.

The Waxahachie Runnin' Indian tandem combined for 49 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists in a 69-52 win Thursday night against TABC 6A No. 13 North Crowley at W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.

The Runnin' Indians found themselves down 27-23 at the half but outscored the Panthers 46-25 in the second half, which included 21-7 in the fourth quarter.

With the win, No. 1 Waxahachie improved to 12-3 on the season. The Runnin' Indians advance in tournament action to face 5A No. 3 (15-3) Justin Northwest in the quarterfinals Friday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.

North Crowley dropped to 14-3 on the year.

Wise recorded a double-double in the victory, leading the Runnin' Indians with 29 points and 10 rebounds on 58-percent shooting from the field. Warren drilled 4-of-his-7 shots from behind the arc for 20 points. The junior also added nine rebounds and five assists.

Mekai Pope recorded seven points, Tre Gipson had six, Qua Grant chipped in five, and Steron Sturgis had two.

The Runnin' Indians shot 50 percent from the field as a team and 88 percent (16-18) at the charity stripe.


Birdville ISD's W.G. Thomas Coliseum is located at 6108 Broadway Avenue in Haltom City.

Single-day passes are $9 on Dec. 28 and 29 and $10 on Dec. 30.

Three-day passes are $24 for a single venue, $36 for both the Chisholm Trail and Saginaw venues, or $55 for all games and venues throughout the competition.

For additional information including brackets, rankings and specific player statistics, visitWhataburger-BBT.org. During the tournament, updated scores and game schedules will be posted in real time on Facebook.