Not to discredit Dallas Bryan Adams, but the Waxahachie Runnin' Indians had the 5A area championship well in hand not too many dribbles after the opening tip Friday night.
Top-ranked Waxahachie scored 31 points in the first quarter. Bryan Adams had 21 after three quarters. The Runnin' Indians carried a 50-point lead into the halftime locker room and walked out of the Cedar Hill High School gymnasium with an 89-45 victory in the 5A Region II area championship.
Waxahachie head boys' basketball coach Greg Gober applauded the Runnin' Indians for playing with a sense of urgency.
"We all fought together, and that is the most important thing," Gober said. "[...] We really got after them early and set the tone. We really got the game under control early because of our intensity."
He added that the Runnin' Indians know that they "have to play hard and have to play not to your opponent but to yourself and be the best you can be."
Tre Gipson filled his stat line with a game-high 17 points and five steals while adding six rebounds and two assists. JT Warren scored 12 points and Mekai Pope and Steron Sturges each scored 10 points.
Qua Grant and Preston Hodges tallied eight points, Demani Richardson and CJ Noland scored six, and Larry Wise had five. Ethan Whiturs scored three points, and CJ Mcgruder and Da'Mariae Watkins added two points, each.
Waxahachie shot 50 percent from three-point land (11-22) and 21-of-37 (56 percent) inside the arc. The Runnin' Indians committed just two turnovers and recorded 12 steals as a team.
Waxahachie is up to No. 16 in the USA Today Super 25 national computer rankings.
Waxahachie will face District 10-5A foe Lancaster in the 5A Region II quarterfinals early next week. The final score between Lancaster and Burleson in the bi-district championship was originally misreported. The Runnin' Indians defeated the Tigers both times they've squared off this season.
A date, time and location have not yet been announced.
The winner of Waxahachie-Lancaster will play the winner of Little Elm-Mt. Pleasant in the regional semifinals.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.