Tuesday’s boys playoff roundup: Dimmitt takes down Bushland in OT thriller; Wheeler upsets New Deal


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Clarendon’s Sylvester Ballard, right, goes up over a Farwell defender for a layup during a Class 2A area round game in Vega on Tuesday night. [Johnette Stribling/ For Press Pass Sports]

Dimmitt downs Bushland in OT thriller

Fans sure got their money’s worth in Tuesday’s Class 3A area round game between Bushland and Dimmitt at the Tascosa Activity Center.

But only Dimmitt got to keep playing at the end of the night.

Dimmitt’s Kobe Carpio made a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Bobcats a 62-61 victory. That gave Dimmitt (14-10) a spot in the region quarterfinals against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Shallowater and Lamesa at a time, date and place to be determined.

For the second straight postseason game Bushland (19-5) went to overtime. But unlike last week’s bidistrict win over Tulia, the Falcons didn’t live to play another day.

Dimmitt led for most of regulation and held a 28-23 halftime lead, as neither team led by double digits. The Bobcats led by as many as 13 in the third quarter but Bushland closed the period with seven straight points to cut it to 40-34.

Bushland kept chipping away in the fourth quarter and twice held the lead in the final two minutes of regulation before it ended tied at 53 to force overtime.

The Falcons took the lead with 25 seconds left in OT on Brody Sutterfield’s basket to make it 61-60. Dimmitt missed twice in the waning seconds, but Carpio grabbed on offensive rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws for the winning points.

Acqtavian Baty had a game-high 20 points for Dimmitt while Carpio scored 14 and C.J. Willey added 12. Nathan Welch led Bushland with 18 points, Clayton Seales scored 14 and Sutterfield had 13.

— Lee Passmore

Randall falls to Ysleta

In a very tight-knit game throughout, but it just wasn’t meant to be for the Randall Raiders as they fell short to El Paso Ysleta 59-56 in a Class 5A area round matchup Tuesday night in Seminole.

The Raiders see a fantastic season end at 22-4 overall, while Ysleta (16-4) advances to play rival El Paso Chapin (19-1) in the regional quarterfinal.

Randall led 33-28 at half only to see the Indians cut the deficit 45-43 by the end of the third. Down the stretch in the fourth, Ysleta rallied outscoring the Raiders 16-11 in the final eight minutes.

Despite the loss, Kainan Thomas led Randall with 16 points. Aaron Ovalle chipped in 14.

Tuesday’s top performers

Diego Pichardo of Wheeler poured in a team-high 27 to help the Mustangs upset No. 14 New Deal in a Class 2A area round contest, 65-58.

Landyn Hack scored 23 points while Zion Mercer added 21 to lead Panhandle past Ralls, 84-56, in the Class 2A area round.

Donovan Thompson and Lemarcus Penigar totaled 30 points for No. 2 Clarendon in a 58-49 win against No. 15 Farwell in a Class 2A area showdown in Vega. Both Thompson and Penigar tallied 15 a piece.

Wildorado’s Swayde Cleavinger kept the historic season alive for the Mustangs by scoring 16 points in a 41-33 Class 1A area round victory against Booker. The win gives Wildorado its first ever area championship.

Tuesday’s playoff scores

Class 5A


Randall 14 33 45 56

EP Ysleta 12 28 43 59

R— Thomas 16, Ovalle 14, Heider 12. Y— Gutierrez 17. Records: Randall 22-4; Ysleta 16-4.

Class 4A


Hereford 21 26 42 62

EP Riverside 9 15 22 43

H— Aidan Arias 14, Blake Walker 11, Zevan Gonzales 10. R— Michael Vela 16. Records: Hereford 21-6; Riverside 8-4.

Class 3A


Childress 9 14 23 34

Littlefield 4 15 20 29

C— Josh Tucker 14. L— Tyree Jones 10. Records: Childress 16-6; Littlefield 16-10.

Bushland 12 23 34 53 61

Dimmitt 15 28 40 53 62

B— Nathan Welch 18, Clayton Seales 14, Brody Sutterfield 13. D— Acqtavian Baty 20, Kobe Carpio 14, C.J. Willey 12. Records: Bushland 19-5, Dimmitt 14-10.

Class 2A


Wheeler 13 33 48 65

New Deal 14 24 40 59

W— Diego Pichardo 27, Marcos Herrera 14, Daniel Rascon 12. ND— Tanner Becky 29, Jason Brazell 12. Records: Wheeler 15-8; New Deal 23-5.

Panhandle 17 38 63 84

Ralls 11 19 38 56

P— Landyn Hack 23, Zion Mercer 21, Dylan Segura 11. R— Rendon 16, Salinas 12. Records: Panhandle 18-5; Ralls 14-10,

Farwell 6 23 27 49

Clarendon 23 39 47 58

F— Rodriguez 14, Mora 10. C— Thompson 15, Penigar 15, Ballard 12. Records: Farwell 25-4; Clarendon 21-4.

Class 1A


Springlake Earth 20 34 57 71

Groom 13 22 27 43

S— Deleon 24, Holmes 17, Castillo 16. G— Lamb 24. Records: Springlake Earth 14-3; Groom 10-7.

Wildorado 11 20 29 41

Booker 6 18 25 33

W— Cleavinger 16, Albracht 12. B— Hernandez 15. Records: Wildorado 21-7; Booker 15-10.

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