Tyrese Maxey did everything he could to will South Garland to a victory Saturday evening against Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan) in the fifth game of the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest DFW.
The 6-foot-3 guard and his Colonel teammates were simply overmatched against game MVP N'Faly Dante (No. 12 ESPN 2020) and the boys from Wichita, Kansas. The Buffaloes defeated the South Garland Colonels, 65-50, inside Mike Turner Gymnasium in Waxahachie.
Dante, a 6-foot-11 junior, led Sunrise Academy with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting and collected nine rebounds. Grant Sheffield added 19 points to the winning effort and Austin Crowley had 14.
Sunrise was also without Malik Hall (No. 51 in ESPN 2019) and LaTrayvion Jackson (No. 57 in ESPN 2019). Hall is a Michigan State commit and Jackson is headed to Mizzou.
The victory marked the fourth time in five games that the out-of-state visitors defeated a Dallas-Fort Worth area team in the National Hoopfest held in Waxahachie.
Maxey, a Kentucky signee ranked No. 8 in the ESPN class of 2019, scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to go with four assists. He was the only Colonel in double-figures. Chris Harris finished with nine points as South Garland's second-leading scorer.
Khalil Davis added seven points, Keyon Craddock had four and Dezhun Doss chipped in two to the Colonels effort.
Maxey scored the first points of the game for the Colonels with a deep three-pointer from the left wing as the clock dipped under four minutes to play in the first quarter. The bucket, which cut the Sunrise lead to 8-3, was followed by a near-high dunk by Dante.
Dante did eventually get his first two points of the contest following a Sunrise timeout when he collected an offensive rebound for an easy put-back bucket. He then dished an assist Noel Coleman (5 points) for a three-pointer from the corner on the ensuing Sunrise trip down the lane. The trey put the Buffalos up 13-8 with 1:54 to play in the first quarter.
The Colonels trimmed the lead to three,16-13, before the first-quarter buzzer sounded.
Though South Garland managed to take a lead on the final shot of the first half, Sunrise maintained a three-point advantage through the third quarter, 43-40. The Buffaloes then built their advantage to 13 points by the 2:22 mark of the fourth quarter, 58-45.
Sunrise outscored 7-5 over the final two minutes for the win, 65-50.