Boys basketball: Seven Lakes, Taylor set to go
The Katy Taylor Mustangs may be young this season but that doesn't mean they don't have playoff dreams, and those dreams were still capable of becoming reality going into the final two weeks.
They were tied with Memorial at 4-5 in District 19-5A play with five games left, and they split with Memorial, so more wins are a must to avoid a potential tiebreaker should the two teams stay tied.
Seven Lakes, on the other hand, is a veteran team that had its eye on another district championship before an 0-2 start. Now securing at least the second playoff seed is the most pressing priority.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Katy Taylor vs. Seven Lakes
• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8
• Where: Seven Lakes High School gym
• What's at stake: A playoff berth out of District 19-5A. The Spartans still had a slim hope of claiming at least a share of their second straight district championship in the final weeks of the regular season, but they needed some help from their fellow Katy ISD teams beating Strake Jesuit, which isn't likely at this point. So the next best thing is to finish second and avoid one of the top two teams from District 20-5A in the first round.
• Taylor players to watch: W John Starks, F Jordan Bryan, F Connor Cella, W Rob Atkins
• Seven Lakes players to watch: G Atif Russell, PF Jaylon Jones, PG Trey Pinkney, SG Princeton Onwas
• Taylor: The Mustangs' first-round district matchup with Strake Jesuit showed they aren't going to go down without a fight this season. Rob Atkins got the Mustangs off to a quick start with 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter, leading Taylor to a 17-12 advantage going into the second quarter. Taylor maintained that five-point lead into halftime. But the second half belonged to Rasheed Sulaimon, who scored 33 points to lead Strake Jesuit to a 68-58 win. … Through nine games, Taylor had wins over Mayde Creek, which it beat twice, Memorial and Katy. It beat Mayde Creek 59-56 last week behind 16 points from John Starks.
• Seven Lakes: After their 0-2 district start, the Spartans won their next five games, proving they could overcome their early struggles. But they still couldn't overcome Strake Jesuit the second time around. The Crusaders won 48-44 at Seven Lakes, with Sulaimon netting 18 points. Erick Roberson led Seven Lakes with 12 points. … The Spartans did, however, avenge their first-round district loss to Morton Ranch last week, winning 57-37 at Morton Ranch to snap the Mavericks' long winning streak. Jaylon Jones had 22 points for Seven Lakes and Princeton Onwas added 12 points.
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