One will see its season continue, the other will not.
In Texas, No. 6 DeSoto
(33-3) saw its Class 5A state title hopes and season end with a 62-55 loss to Hebron (Carrollton)
, who won its 33rd game in a row and improved to 35-2.
Cal Poly signee Ridge Shipley
led Hebron with 26 points. Jeff Hicks
added 13 for the Hawks, who outscored DeSoto 14-5 in the final quarter.
Hebron – which was pounded 82-59 by DeSoto during a meeting between the teams in November – advances to face North Crowley (Fort Worth)
in the regional semifinals.
In California it was No. 8 Long Beach Poly
falling to Etiwanda
59-55 in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 1AA tournament.
Poly star Roschon Prince
hit a big 3-pointer to send the game into overtime but the Eagles prevailed to set up a meeting with No. 4 Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
in the section final.
Star junior guard Jordan McLaughlin
led Etiwanda (26-2) with 20 points.
Poly (27-3) will have the opportunity to finish its season on a positive note in the state playoffs.
A pair of Xcellent 25 Top 10-ranked teams went down in postseason action Tuesday night.