Basketball playoffs begin this week and the Ferris Yellow Jackets will play Carrollton Ranchview at 7:30 p.m., at South Grand Prairie High School, on Tuesday.

This will be the second time the two have faced off.

Ferris enters the playoffs having lost a district championship against Kaufman at home.

Coach James Rogers told his players to forget about the loss.

He will need his trusty point guard, Paul Alexander to creat havoc for a Ranchview team that has seen success against Ellis County teams, including Red Oak and Ferris.

The first time the Yellow Jackets played Ranchview was during the Christmas holiday break and the result was a double-digit win for Ranchview at home.

Alexander has struggled some offensively as of late but really had a good game against Kennedale on the road.

“He was in a slump but he’s going to come around, he had a good game for us against Kaufman,” Rogers said.

Another player that blossomed in scoring is Tevin Richard.

Richard has usually put himself near the top in scoring and had his share of assists and rebounds.

“We’re having a pretty good year; if one of our players isn’t getting his points or if he is struggling some, it’s good to know that some of us will come in and produce,” Richard said. “There’s always going to be someone that has a good game on offense.”

Red Oak to face University

The Red Oak Hawks are another playoff-bound team as they are now scheduled to take on Waco University at 7:30 p.m. at Italy High School, Tuesday.

Red Oak is coming into this game a winner of four consecutive district games, including one against Forney.

That win, coupled with West Mesquite's loss against Mabank, assured the Hawks of a second-place finish.

Now they have the task of playing a University team that performed real well in a district with the likes of Waxahachie and Hewit Midway.

Milford plays

waiting game

As a result of winning their district outright, the Milford Bulldogs will have a first round bye.

They await the winner of the Red Oak Life and Henrietta Midway game scheduled on Tuesday.

Milford coach Otis Carter said he is trying to schedule a second round game in either Birdville or Weatherford.

“We don't know for sure at this point, it's still early,” Carter said.

The Maypearl Panthers also advanced to the playoffs but needed a first-place district tiebreaker against Godley to determine seating. Playoff information about the Panthers was not available.

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