Mansfield Lake Ridge put the basketball and its faith in the hands of senior point guard Jordan Hayes at home Friday night against Waxahachie.

And, with the game teetering on the brink of overtime, he delivered.

As the clock dipped under 10 seconds to play, Hayes stood just a few paces outside of the three-point line, dribbling and waiting for the go-ahead from the sideline to take the final shot.

"Hey, let's go," directed Lake Ridge head boys' basketball coach Donte Wilson with about four seconds remaining on the fourth-quarter clock.

Hayes drove from the right wing, never once shaking the Waxahachie defender, and pulled up from a step outside of the low block for a contested floater.

The ball kissed off the backboard and gave the Eagles the upset victory against the state-ranked Runnin' Indians, 65-63.

Despite the loss, Waxahachie head boys' basketball coach Greg Gober thought his team "played really hard and gave tremendous effort."

"We demonstrated a lot of toughness tonight that we haven't been doing," Gober continued after what is just the second district loss for the head coach in three seasons at Waxahachie. "We put ourselves in a position where someone could make a really great play at the end, and they made a really good play and the game is over. It just happens. Most people wouldn't wait that long to take a shot, but he did a good job and took the shot and they got us. We need to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities when we have them."

CJ Noland led the Runnin' Indians with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also collected three rebounds.

JT Warren and BJ Francis each added 12 points and Warren led the Tribe with five boards.

Preston Hodge (10 points) and Da'marie Watkins (4) rounded out the scoring for the Runnin' Indians on a night when they shot 56 percent (26-46) from the floor. They were, however, just 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the free-throw line.

Joey Madimba led the Eagles with 19 points, while Jalen Lake scored 13 and TJ Chavez added 12.

The Eagles improved to 1-2 in District 7-6A with the victory, while the Runnin' Indians fell to the same mark.


Waxahachie, currently ranked No. 11 in the TABC 6A poll, returns to action Tuesday night against No. 25 Mansfield.

The Tigers, who are 2-1 in 7-6A and 17-5 overall, fell to No. 13 DeSoto on Friday night, 51-43.

Gober said he hopes the Runnin' Indians continue to grow into their roles and realize that they can always be tougher.


Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.