FERRIS — The Ferris Yellow Jackets lost their bid for an outright district title when the Kaufman Lions were able to make a ferocious comeback and win, 63-58, at Ferris High School, Tuesday.
Ferris had a 15-point lead with less than four minutes left in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on.
Kaufman still trailed by double digits when the score was 56-45. But with less than six minutes to go in the game, the Lions went on an 18-2 run.
Coach James Rogers said the players need to forget this game and move on.
“The real season begins now . . . we’re in (the playoffs) now and we need to go out there and just play,” Rogers said.
The loss drops Ferris to 27-5 on the year. Kaufman improved to 19-6.
In other boys’ games involving playoff-bound teams, Milford defeated Trinidad, 60-43. The district champion Bulldogs, who clinched the district title last week, will have a first-round bye and will play the winner of the Henrietta Midway/Dallas Hampton Prep bi-district game scheduled Feb. 24.
“Most teams we will be facing are well into their 20-plus games,” Milford coach Otis Carter said of his 14-4 team. “We just need to plan as much as we can against whoever we’re going to end up facing.”
Avalon, which is in Milford’s district, also advanced to the playoffs as a result of finishing in third place.
Coach Khris Marshall said his Eagles now await the winner of Blum, Kopperl and Aquilla, which all finished tied for first in their district.
Avalon finished the regular season 20-8.
“We’re playing OK right now but we need to get better if we want to compete in the playoffs,” Marshall said.
Maypearl is scheduled to play a first-place tiebreaker against Godley at Alvarado High School, at 6 p.m., Friday. The Panthers were able to defeat Palmer, 72-61, Tuesday.
Godley and Maypearl beat each other during district and will now play the rubber match.
“We were down by 17 against those guys and found a way to come back and make it close but still lost,” Maypearl coach Joel Donalson said. “It’s going to be a good game.”
Red Oak, defeated Forney, 63-59, Tuesday. The win, coupled with West Mesquite’s loss against Mabank, assured the Hawks of a second place finish behind district champ Lancaster (24-5).
Red Oak enters the postseason with a 16-13 record.