Warriors on fire, improve to 11-1

by dentonramsey

Warriors on fire, improve to 11-1

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

The South Grand Prairie varsity boys’ basketball team is on fire.

The Warriors, now on a nine game win streak, defeated Carrollton Newman Smith, 65-48 on the road on Friday, Dec. 15 to improve to 11-1 overall.

After outscoring their opponent 15-10 in the first quarter, Newman Smith woke up in the second quarter to hit the locker room down just one, 26-25.

A tightly contested third quarter saw SGP outscore the home team 16-12 to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

And the fourth was all Warriors.

South Grand Prairie put up a game-high 23 points in the fourth while holding Newman Smith to 11 points, walking away with a commanding 17-point victory.

“We jumped out to a 15-3 lead which helped us because they battled back and took the lead before half,” Warriors head coach Scott Parlin said. “We were up three going in to the third quarter and ended up winning by 17. They are a very young team that played extremely hard and have a bright future in front of them.”

Leading the way in scoring for the road Warriors was Robert Ballard with 23 points.

Also chipping in for SGP was Darius Gregory with 14 points and Donell Lewis with 10 points.

Dec. 12 Highlights: SGP 53, Coppell 48

The Warriors have won again, this time defeating Coppell, 53-48 on Tuesday night, Dec. 12 at Coppell High School.

After a tight first half saw South Grand Prairie with a seven-point halftime lead, 27-20, the second half proved to be a different story.

SGP managed to outscore their opponent 14-13 in the third period before getting outscored 15-12 in the final frame – holding on for a five-point victory, 53-48.

“We fell behind 6-0 early in the game, but then went on a 21-4 run to lead by 11 in the second quarter,” Parlin said. “We never trailed after that. Coppell is a very good rebounding team, so we had to make sure we were taking quality shots.”

Lewis led the Warriors in scoring with 13 points, while teammate Darius Gregory chipped in with 12 points.

Also making some noise in the scoring department was Lindsey Hughey with 9 points, Justin Monk with 8 points and Robert Ballard with 7 points.

“As far as the defense goes, it is something we stress every day,” Parlin said. “We know we can have a difficult night scoring sometimes, but we know there is no excuse for not playing tough man to man defense.”

Up Next: Plano Wildcat Classic, Dec. 28-30

After a district opening road game against Jesuit on Dec. 19, the Warriors return to the court for the Plano Wildcat Classic, Dec. 28-30.

Tip time for the Dec. 28 game is 7:30 p.m., followed by noon starts for both the Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 games.

The Warriors return home on Jan. 2, hosting district rival Grand Prairie with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at SGP High School.

 

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

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