H.S. Boys Region I semifinal roundup: Pampa, Gruver, Nazareth advance to Saturday’s regional finals


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The Pampa Harvesters celebrate after defeating Wichita Falls Hirschi 45-41 in a Region I-4A semifinal Friday night at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock. [Charla Schults/ For Press Pass Sports]

It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the Pampa Harvesters will take it.

Casen Floyd was clutch when it counted at the free-throw line in the games final minute to seal Pampa’s 45-41 victory against Wichita Falls Hirschi in a Region I-4A semifinal at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock Friday night.

The Harvesters (32-5) are headed to their first regional final since 2011, and now face Argyle at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles downed Clint in the other semifinal Friday, 36-31.

The Huskies chipped away at a seven point deficit during the fourth quarter.

But when the Hirschi did claw back, Floyd was there to put the nail in the coffin.

Floyd hit two clutch free-throws that gave Pampa a 43-41 advantage with a minute to play. After a Hirschi turnover on the ensuing possession, Floyd sealed the win knocking down high pressure shots from the charity stripe with 12 seconds remaining.

Floyd was 5-of-6 from the line for the contest and 3-of-7 from the field for a team-high 13 points.

Despite struggling from the floor, Harvesters senior Chase Landers earned 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

WF Hirschi 10 19 28 41

Pampa 10 26 33 45

WFH— Ernest Young 15, Jahiem Quarles 8. P— Casen Floyd 13, Chase Landers 12. Records: Hirschi 24-12; Pampa 32-5.

Region I-2A

Gruver whips Wink: The Gruver Greyhounds started off slow against Wink Friday night in a Region I-2A semifinal, but quickly turned up the pace in the second quarter after Carter Armes toss up an alley-oop finished by Jalin Conyers.

The dunk motivation the Greyhounds, starting an 11-2 run, on the way to a 74-50 whipping of Wink in the Texan Dome at South Plains College in Levelland.

Jalin Conyers tallied a double-double, leading all players with 23 points and 17 rebounds on the night.

The University of Oklahoma football commit lead his team in a dominate second half of the game where the Greyhounds outscored the Wildcats 40-26, including a 23-9 third quarter, before being taken out with 3:30 left in the contest.

Hunter Haynes and Armes each added 12 points in the rout.

Gruver (29-5) advances to the regional final for a second straight year, and will face Sundown (18-14) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in hopes of punching a ticket back to the Alamodome in San Antonio for a second straight season.

Wink 8 24 33 50

Gruver 10 34 57 74

W–– Kanon Gibson 12, Junior Quiroz 11. G–– Jalin Conyers 23, Hunter Hayes 12, Carter Armes 12, Bo Butler 11. Records: Wink 22-10; Gruver 29-5.

Vega falls despite Carson’s 36 point effort: The Vega Longhorns were unable to answer the hot hand of the Sundown Roughnecks at the Texas Dome at South Plains College in Levelland on Friday night.

The Roughnecks held off all attempts Vega had of a comeback. When the Longhorns began fouling to conserve time, the Roughnecks answered by making their free-throws. In fact, the Roughnecks did not make a single field goal in the final eight minutes, instead, converted on on 24-of-27 shots from the charity stripe.

Vega also didn’t have an answer for Sundown senior guard Brice Legen. Legen was outstanding, pouring in 34 points against the Longhorns.

Vega’s Carson Kirkland, a senior guard, ended his night early, fouling out of the game with 46 seconds left. Despite fouling out, Kirkland left it all on the floor with a game-high 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting.

Sundown (18-14) heads to the regional final where they take on Gruver at 3:30 Saturday.

Sundown 13 29 45 69

Vega 9 22 36 58

S— Brice Legan 34, Michael Ojeda 16. V— Carson Kirkland 36, Austin Calhoun 9. Records: Sundown 18-14; Vega 28-6

Region I-1A

Nazareth’s Luke Betzwn drives past an O’Donnell defender during a Region I-1A semifinal Friday at the Texan Dome in Levelland. [Mackenzie Teal/ Press Pass Sports]

Nazareth survives O’Donnell: The Nazareth Swifts used the momentum of a 21-point third quarter to claim their spot in the Saturday’s regional final with a 48-43 win against O’Donnell on Friday in the Texan Dome at South Plains College in Levelland.

O’Donnell didn’t go away silently. Trailing Nazareth 36-26 into the 4th quarter, the Eagles rallied with full-court pressure, cutting the deficit to 44-43 with 1:23 left.

However, the Swifts were able put ice the game in the final minutes by making eight free throws in the final two minutes.

Senior forward and do it all man, Nathaniel Van Dijk, once again was clutch for the Swifts. The 6-foot-3 senior forward finished his afternoon with a double-double leading his team with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Swifts now hold an outstanding 6-1 record in Levelland in the last four years.

Nazareth (27-8) will hope to advance to its third straight state appearance when they battle New Home (26-9) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

O’Donnell 7 14 26 43

Nazareth 8 15 36 48

O— Austin Alvear 12, Elvis Garces 11. N— Nathaniel Van Dijk 20, Kaden Cleavinger 9.

Records: O’Donnell 25-7; Nazareth 27-8.

New Home shocks Texline: Ryan Weeks hit a 22-footer with six seconds left, and a Colton Luther mid-court desperation heave fell short as New Home stunned Texline in a 44-42 thriller during a Region I-1A semifinal at the Texan Dome at South Plains in Levelland on Friday.

The Tornadoes held a 42-41 lead on a pair of Noel Lozano free-throws with 25 seconds to play.

After a trade of possessions, New Home’s Weeks came open at the top of the key to knock down the eventual game-winner with only six seconds left.

Texline entered the fourth quarter with a six- point lead, stretching the advantage to eight on the first possession of the quarter.

Weeks then took over for the Leopards, scoring 10 of his game-high 18 in the final frame.

Despite a heartbreaking end to Thursday, Texline ends a great year at 26-7.

New Home (26-9) moves on to face Nazareth in the Region I-1A final at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Texline 11 17 35 42

New Home 8 17 29 44

T— Will Luther 16, Noel Lozano 16. N— Ryan Weeks 18, Reagan Fielder 16. Records: Texline 26-7; New Home 26-9.

Region I finals schedule

Region I-6A Tournament

at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, Fort Worth

Duncanville 59, Arlington Bowie 44

Odessa Permian 70, Richardson 57

Saturday’s regional final

Duncanville (28-5) vs. Odessa Permian (32-3). 1 p.m.

Regional 1-5A Tournament

at Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder

Mansfield Timberview 50, WF Rider 41

Burleson Centennial 65, EP Eastwood 47

Saturday’s regional final

Mansfield Timberview (28-8) vs. Burleson Centennial (30-7), 2 p.m.

Region I-4A Tournament

at Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

Pampa 45, WF Hirschi 41

Argyle 36, Clint 31

Saturday’s regional final

Pampa (32-5) vs. Argyle (24-4), 6 p.m.

Region I-3A Tournament

at Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

Peaster 56, Abernathy 40

Shallowater 53, Brock 45

Saturday’s regional final

Peaster (33-5) vs. Shallowater (32-4), 1 p.m.

Region I-2A Tournament

at Texan Dome, South Plains College, Levelland

Sundown 69, Vega 58

Gruver 74, Wink 50

Saturday’s regional final

Sundown (18-14) vs. Gruver (29-5), 3:30 p.m.

Region I-1A Tournament

at Texan Dome, South Plains College, Levelland

Friday’s semifinals

New Home 44, Texline 42

Nazareth 48, O’Donnell 43

Saturday’s regional final

New Home (26-9) vs. Nazareth (27-8), 2 p.m.


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