The Dr. Dave Williams Basketball Tournament got underway yesterday as Red Oak downed Waco University 47-40 to open the action.
McKinney North bested defending tournament champion Mesquite Poteet 52-48 in the second game of first day play.
Waco Midway came on to blast Forey 55-37 in Game 3.
The Runnin’ Indians of Waxahachie High School ran by Lake Dallas 58-39.
Gary Mason Jr. and Jamison Sterns paced the Tribe’s attack with 20 and 19 points respectively. Ryan Wilson added nine points on a trio of long range bombs to loosen up the Lake Dallas defense.
Although Head Coach Lonnie Gaylor was pleased to take the 19 point win, he was not pleased with the 19 turnovers committed by Waxahachie in the game.
“We finally put four quarters of basketball together,” Gaylor said. We had the most assists of the season with 17. We shot better - 39 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 56 percent from 2-point range. One of our goals is to shoot over 70 percent from the free throw line and we did that. We outrebounded them 27-17. Those little goals develope into a win. Additionally we played good defense holding them to just two points in the fourth quarter.”
“ However, we had too many turnovers. We have to take care of the ball and not turn it over. I was pleasee with way played defense and were able to distribute the ball.”
Waxahachie jumped on top when Sterns hit a long range 3-point shot just 30 seconds into the contest.
Roderick Jefferson put the Runnin’ Indians on top 5-2 with a jump shot from the free throw line as the Tribe ran to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Lake Dallas made a run to tie the game at 17 with 5:11 left in the first half.
Mason went to the basket for an offensive rebound and putback, a driving layup and foul conversion and a jump shot in the span of 45 seconds to give the tribe a 22-17 lead.
The crowd went into a frenzy when Ryan Wilson took a pass deep in the paint. Wilson lofted the Alley Oop pass to Sterns for the power dunk to put Hachie up by seven with 4:10 to play in the first half.
Dominique Carson got into foul trouble at that point and had to take a seat on the pine.
Wilson drained a long range bomb and the Indians led by 10.
Baskets by Roderick Jefferson and Mason continued the Indian scoring onslaught.
But, Lake Dallas began to keep pace when Joey Knight and Josh Rohl hit buckets and Victor Lugo added a trey.
Hachie finished out the half with Sterns hitting on a driving layup that ended with an athletic scoop shot. Mason ended the scoring with a mid-range jump shot to make the score 35-26 at the half.
Xavier Rogers hit a pair of layups to start the third quarter and bring the Falcons within five points.
Wilson picked that moment to hit his second bomb to get the Tribe running once again.
Five turnovers did not help the Waxahachie cause, but an offensive rebound tip-in from Mason did.
Sterns hit a layup and then on the next possession drove the lane. He then dished the ball outside to Wilson for the 3-pointer.
Mason added two points from the charity line and Carson added a three to give the Tribe a 50-37 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Sterns got the scoring started in the finale with a very long range 3-point shot.
The teams traded possessions via the turnover and Mason hit a jumper to put Hachie up 55-37.
Detrick Slaughter was called for a foul to send Marcus Gambles to the line for Lake Dallas. Gambles converted both free throws for the only points the Falcons would score in the final quarter.
Waxahachie would get a layup from Sterns and a charity toss from Relus Chance to close out the game.
Waxahachie will play Waco Midway at 7:30 tonight.
In other Dr. Dave Williams action today Lake Dallas plays Forney and Mesquite Poteet faces Waco University in the left half of the bracket.
In the other championship semifinal Red Oak will pair off with McKinney North at 6 p.m.
Lake Dallas 9 17 11 2 - 39
Waxahachie 15 20 15 8 - 58
Lake Dallas: Rogers 9, Rohl 7, Williams 6, Gambles 6, Lugo 3, Logue 3, Knight 3, Waggoner 2
Waxahachie: Mason 20, Sterns 19, Wilson 9, Jefferson 6, Carson 3, Chance 1.