Aiden Castillo

Monterey guard Aiden Castillo triggers the offense against Randall on Monday.

MIDLAND -- Frenship has a big showdown on the immediate horizon, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from taking care of business Monday night.

Frenship broke open a close game in the third quarter and cruised to the finish line for an 80-51 triumph at Midland High to stay in range of the two co-leaders in the District 2-6A race.

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The Tigers (25-7, 5-3 district) play host to one of those co-leaders on Friday when Odessa Permian (24-3, 7-1) comes to town for a rematch of a dramatic and contentious showdown two weeks ago.

Before that, Frenship had to handle the Bulldogs (16-13, 2-6), who came out inspired and trailed only 33-31 at halftime.

But the Tigers came up with one of their best offensive quarters of the season after halftime with 30 points, sparked by Noble Robinson’s 7 points and 6 from Devin Hartfield. Robinson kept plugging away in the final period with 7 more points to help Frenship pull away.

Robinson’s 19 points led the Tigers, while Hartfield notched 12 and Jeb Smallwood was again a catalyst off the bench with 10.

FRENSHIP 80, MIDLAND HIGH 51

Frenship     13    20    30    17    --   80

Midland      14    18    19      9     --   51

Frenship (80) -- Devin Hartfield 6 0-0 12, Jaystyn Garrett 2 0-0 5, Noble Robinson 8 2-3 19,  Donovan Smith 3 2-3 8, Bryce Granado 3 0-0 6, Jeb Smallwood 3 2-2 10, Lincoln Parrott 2 0-0 4, Klein Coker 0 2-3 2, Tracy Godfrey 2 0-0 4, Solomon Pruitt 3 1-2 8, Drew Turnbow 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 9-13 80.

Midland (51) -- Mario Hurtado 2 0-0 5, Zeke Black 2 2-3 7, Nicholas Smith 0 0-0 0, Jaime Puentes 1 0-1 3, Brett Canis 6 1-2 13, Jeremiah Phillips 1 0-0 2, D’cambrion White 2 0-0 4, Brian Perez 1 0-0 2, D’morriyon Breaux 2 10-11 14. Totals 18 13-16 51.

3-point goals -- Frenship 7 (Robinson 3, Smallwood 2, Garrett 1, Pruitt 1); Midland 4 (Hurtado 2, Black 1, Puentes 1). Total fouls -- Frenship 19, Midland 20. Fouled out -- Canis. Technical fouls -- Jordan Palmer, Breaux. Records: Frenship 25-7, 5-3 District 2-6A; Midland High 16-13, 2-6. Up next: Odessa Permian at Frenship, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Sandies nail down District 3-5A crown by routing Lubbock High

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AMARILLO -- Ivan Meza and Lucas Rodriguez supplied brief snapshots of hope for Lubbock High, but the Westerners couldn’t content with Amarillo High’s firepower in a 68-30 loss.

With the win, the Sandies (24-8, 14-0 District 3-5A) sewed up the league championship after missing the playoffs last season.

The Westerners (3-23, 0-14) got 8 points from Meza in the first half when Amarillo bolted to a 35-20 lead. Gonzales pumped in three 3-pointers in the third quarter but that didn’t slow the Sandies down as they blazed to a 58-30 advantage.

LUBBOCK HIGH 68, AMARILLO HIGH 30

Lubbock High      7   13   10     0   --   30

Amarillo High    14   21   23   10   --   68

Lubbock High (30) -- Rodney Hunter 1 0-2 2, Josh Mendez 1 3-4 5, Ivan Meza 3 0-0 8, Brandon Smith 0 0-0 0, Braeden Cedillo 0 4-4 4, Lucas Rodriguez 3 0-0 9, Ortega 1 0-2 2. Totals 9 7-12 30.

Amarillo (68) -- Owen Boyett 1 0-0 3, Brendan Hausen 6 0-0 14, Cade Hornecker 3 0-0 7, Chris Deas 6 1-3 16, Demonte Woods 3 0-0 6, Keldon Barbour 2 0-0 5, Britton 0 1-2 1, Arellano 1 0-0 3, Parker 3 0-0 6. Totals 25 2-5 68.

3-point goals -- Lubbock High 5 (Rodriguez 3, Meza 2); Amarillo High 8 (Dees 3, Hausen 2, Boyett 1, Hornecker 1, Arellano 1). Total fouls -- Lubbock High 14, Amarillo High 12. Fouled out -- None. Records: Lubbock High 3-23, 0-14 District 3-5A; Amarillo High 24-8, 14-0. Up next: Lubbock-Cooper at Amarillo High, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Lubbock High at Monterey, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Dons gain edge on Pirates in second quarter to nab key victory

AMARILLO -- Lubbock-Cooper bogged down at the same time Palo Duro found an offensive groove and that proved to be the difference in a 65-53 loss, the Pirates’ second in a row.

The Dons (17-6, 11-3 District 3-5A) climbed back into second place alone in District 3-5A and outscoring LCP 24-10 in the second quarter was a big reason why. The Pirates fell into a third-place tie with Monterey with two games to go.

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Cooper held its own in the other three periods, actually outscoring PD 43-41 in those 24 minutes. But Jelani Mohamed three 3-pointers and 11 points gave the Dons the cushion they needed.

Will Doherty produced 19 points in the loss, while Kade Spears chimed in with 10.

Life doesn’t get easier for the Pirates as they head back north to take on district champion Amarillo High at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

PALO DURO 65, LUBBOCK-COOPER 53

Cooper         13   10   17   13   --   53

Palo Duro     14   24   13   14   --   65

Cooper (53) -- Kade Spears 5 0-0 10, Rylan Wilcox 3 0-0 7, Matt Fiddler 2 0-0 5, Will Doherty 8 3-4 19, Patrick Irish 1 0-0 2, Carson Hill 0 0-0 0, Noah Hall 2 1-1 6, Bryan Elliott 1 0-0 2, Cody Sechrist 1 0-0 2, Ben Marcinkowski 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-5 53.

Palo Duro (65) -- Jelani Mohammed 5 4-5 16, Kaja Lee 3 3-4 9, Kadden Price 2 3-6 8, Thaddeus Udoh 7 6-7 21, Cutter Camp 2 0-0 5, Michael Udoh 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 16-22 65.

3-point goals -- Cooper 3 (Fiddler 1, Wilcox 1. Hall 1); Palo Duro 7 (Mohammed 4, Price 1, T. Udoh 1, Camp 1). Total fouls -- Cooper 15, Palo Duro 9. Fouled out -- T. Udoh. Technical foul -- Doherty. Records: Cooper 19-11, 10-4 District 3-5A; Palo Duro 17-6, 11-3. Up next: Cooper at Amarillo High, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mustangs continue late-season charge with win vs. Plainview

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PLAINVIEW -- Coronado kept winning on Monday, this time with a gritty 62-56 road win at Plainview.

The Mustangs (12-15, 6-8 District 3-5A) won their fourth game in the last five by getting to the free-throw line a bunch and making those trips count.

Coronado was 28-for-39 from the stripe and knocked down 15-of-18 in the fourth quarter to hold the Bulldogs at bay.

Aidan Alvarez (6-for-6) and Mason Petty (4-for-4) led the parade at the foul line and combined to hit all 15 attempts they took in the game. They were two of five Mustangs who produced 7 or more points in a balanced attack.

The home stretch is a little tougher for Coronado with a road game at Palo Duro on Friday before ending the season against district champion at home next Tuesday,

CORONADO 62, PLAINVIEW 56

Coronado      11    18    12    21    --   62

Plainview       8     18    10    21    --   56

Coronado (62) -- Aidan Alvarez 1 8-8 10, Javien Weatherly 3 0-0 7, Izaiah Kelley 0 2-2 2, Mason Petty 1 7-7 9, Nigel Brathwaite 3 1-4 8, D’aequan Tillman 2 3-4 8, Donovan Yacub 0 0-0 0, Kevon Evans 0 0-0 0, Payton Blankenship 1 1-2 3, Tre Griffin 2 4-6 6, Logan Luce 1 0-0 3, Andrew Stovall 0 2-4 2, T’andre Scott 1 0-2 2. Totals 15 28-39 62.

Plainview (56) -- Jackson 8 5-8 25, Lusk 0 0-0 0, Hauk 3 3-5 10, White 3 0-0 7, Martinez 1 2-2 4, Duncan 3 4-4 10. Totals 18 14-19 56.

3-point goals -- Coronado 4 (Luce 1, Brathwaite 1, Weatherly 1); Plainview 6 (Jackson 4, White 1, Hauk 1). Total fouls -- Coronado 16, Plainview 28. Fouled out -- Petty, White, Martinez. Technical foul -- Jackson. Records: Coronado 12-15, 6-8 District 3-5A; Plainview  12-18, 5-10. Up next: Coronado at Palo Duro, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Matadors tumble again with first loss to Levelland since 2002

LEVELLAND -- Estacado’s struggles continued Tuesday with a 54-47 loss at Levelland, the Matadors’ third setback in the last four games.

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The Lobos (23-8, 5-2 District 3-4A) beat Estacado foe the first time since 2002 and took a 1.5-game lead for second place over the Matadors.

In a game perforated by foul calls, Estacado (22-9, 3-3) led 20-15 at halftime and seemed to be on the verge of grabbing control in the third period.

But six different Lobos scored in a third quarter when they closed the gap to 32-30. Levelland eased past the Mats in the final frame by connecting on 13-of-14 free throws.

Estacado pulled within 46-44 in the final minute, but an offensive foul created a turnover and the Lobos iced the win at the foul stripe.

Keke Murray and Kiante Williams paced the Mats with 11 points apiece.

Looking for momentum to carry into the playoffs, Estacado heads to Canyon for on Friday. The Eagles (17-9, 5-1) handed the Matadors their first district loss and are the current league leader.

LEVELLAND 54, ESTACADO 47

Estacado      8   12   12   15   --   47

Levelland     5   10   15   24   --   54

Estacado (47) -- Keke Murray 3 5-7 11, Isaiah Diaz 0 4-4 4, Dakiyre Linzsey 1 0-0 2, Kiante Williams 4 1-6 11, Alijah Willard 0 1-4 1, Kreeland Avery 1 1-2 3, Matthew Simpson 1 3-4 5, Jaquan Williams 2 0-0 5, Delauren Gordon 1 3-3 5. Totals 13 18-30 47.

Levelland (54) -- Jacob Ramirez 2 4-6 10, Kaleb Penner 1 2-4 4, Isaiah Salazar 1 7-10 9, Kaleb Reyna 1 2-2 4, Zaiden Lecroy 6 3-5 15, Bryant White 2 2-2 6, Caleb Salazar 1 4-4 6. Totals 14 24-33 54.

3-point goals -- Estacado 3 (K. Williams 2, J. Williams 1); Levelland 2 (Ramirez 2). Total fouls -- Estacado 27, Levelland 25. Fouled out -- Avery. Technical foul -- Simpson. Records: Estacado 22-9, 3-3 District 3-4A; Levelland 23-8, 5-2. Up next: Estacado at Canyon, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Lions race past Warriors in a TAPPS playoff tuneup

A pair of TAPPS district champions warmed up for the playoffs on Tuesday when Trinity Christian hosted Kingdom Prep.

The Lions got red-hot in the second quarter on the way to a 74-51 victory.

Kingdom Prep-Trinity Christian basketball logos

Trinity’s three ringleaders set the tone in a 27-point second period: Ethan Duncan scored 10 points, while Bryce Hiner and Tru Buchanan supplied 6 each.

Duncan led the Lions (20-13) with 23 points, followed by Hiner with 18 and Buchanan’s 13.

Kingdom Prep (22-5) got 4 3-pointers and 14 points from Levi Murphy and Luke Sell added 12.

The Warriors jump into postseason play Friday when they entertain The Winston School of Dallas at 5 p.m.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN 74, KINGDOM PREP 51

Kingdom Prep        14   10   15   12   --  51

Trinity Christian     15   27   19   13   --  74

Kingdom Prep (51) -- Levi Murphy 4 2-3 14, James Hawthorne 3 0-0 8, Cade Sands 2 0-0 4, Justin Cunningham 2 1-4 5, Luke Sell 6 0-2 12, Sam Griffith 1 0-0 3, Aaron Gonzales 0 2-2 2, Tristan Flores 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 5-8 51.

Trinity Christian (74) -- Ethan Duncan 9 0-0 23, Bryce Hiner 6 4-4 18, Tru Buchanan 6 1-1 13, Marcus Ramon-Edwards 3 0-0 6, Sutton Parker 1 0-0 2, Davis Reeves 3 0-0 6, Caleb McDonald 1 1-1 3, Pierce Stell 1 0-0 3. Totals 30 6-6 74.

3-point goals -- KPA 8 (Murphy 4, Hawthorne 2, Griffith 1, Cunningham 1); Trinity 8 (Duncan 5, Hiner 2, Stell 1). Total fouls -- KPA 11, Trinity 10. Records: KPA 22-5, Trinity Christian 20-13. Up next: TAPPS bi-district playoffs – The Winston School of Dallas at Kingdom Prep, 5 p.m. Friday.