Warriors’ 10-0 first-half run lifts SGP to 55-50 victory over Arlington Lamar

by dentonramsey

Warriors’ 10-0 first-half run lifts SGP to 55-50 victory over Arlington Lamar


By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor


The South Grand Prairie varsity boys basketball team used a 10-0 second period run to lift the Warriors to a 55-50 victory over Arlington Lamar on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at SGP High School.

After a tight first period see-sawed back and forth into the second period, the Warriors made their run at the right time – turning a 21-21 tie into a 31-21 SGP lead at the break.

“The 10-0 run was huge at the end of the first half,” Warriors head coach Scott Parlin said. “Lamar was playing tough and it really helped us. Then in the second half, we built on that lead to lead by 14.”

South Grand Prairie won the opening tip as the Warriors’ Conwell Jackson began the game with a nothing-but-net three-pointer to open up a 9-2 run.

With 1:31 remaining in the opening period, Lamar took a brief 13-10 lead before Donell Lewis drained a game-tying trey on the ensuing SGP possession.

And after one period of play, the game remained tied, 15-15.

The second period saw SGP outscore Lamar 16-6, as the Warriors went on a 10-0 run heading into the break.

“But to Lamar’ credit, they wouldn’t quit,” Parlin said. “They are a very scrappy team that has a great chance the make the playoffs.”

In addition to solid defense in the second period, the Warriors were a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to give SGP a 31-21 lead at halftime.

After three, SGP still held onto a comfortable lead at 41-33.

“As for our guys, I thought Robert Ballard had a solid game,” Parlin said. “Lindsey [Hughey] seemed to get us buckets when we really needed it, and Donell [Lewis] was his usual ‘quarterbacking’ self.”

In the fourth and final period, the Warriors turned to seniors Hughey and Ballard for most of the work.

Hughey shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the fourth while teammate Ballard went 2-for-3 from the field in the fourth.

Although being outscored 29-24 in the second half, the Warriors held on for a 55-50 victory over Lamar to improve to 9-1 overall.

Leading the Warriors in scoring was Hughey with 23 points, while teammate Ballard chipped in with 14 points.

After a road match-up against Coppell on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Warriors varsity basketball team returns to the court on Friday, Dec. 15 on the road at Newman Smith.

Tip time for the Dec. 15 game is set for 7:30 p.m.

In junior varsity action, the Warriors fell to Arlington Lamar, 62-57, on Dec. 5 at SGP High School.


Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com