• Centennial’s Zach Bolf puts up a shot during the Spartans’ 72-62 loss to Birdville last Thursday at the NE Lions Club Tournament. The Spartans won the consolation title and Bolf made the all-tournament team. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Spartans nab consolation title

Centennial’s boys basketball team had a good showing over the weekend at the NE Lions Club Tournament as they won the consolation championship Saturday with a 90-42 win over Dallas Molina.

Zach Bolf, who earned all-tournament honors, scored a game-high 23 points and Jacob Stuckey chipped in 21 points. Nathan Adcox scored 12 points and Tayton Conerway added 10 points.

“We played very up and down (during the tournament),” Centennial coach Trovocia Jackson said. “We lacked focus defensively in areas. Our effort from behind the ball was not great. Our pressure on the ball was solid but off the ball and behind the basketball we fell asleep quite a few times. Overall we were solid and corrected some of our shooting woes but we have to keep getting better every day.”

The Spartans reached the consolation championship by virtue of a 69-66 win Friday over Keller Fossil Ridge.

Bolf had a big game scoring 25 points and grabbing a school-record 20 rebounds.

Conerway scored 15 points, Anthony Hunter added 12 points and Stuckey finished with 11 points.

The Spartans opened the tournament last Thursday with a 72-62 loss to Birdville.

Bolf led Centennial with 17 points and completed a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds. Hunter scored 15 points and Stuckey added 12 points and had six rebounds.

The Spartans (6-2) followed up the consolation title with a 90-55 non-district home win over Dallas Madison.

Centennial led 46-27 at halftime and put the game away with a 31-point third quarter.

Hunter paced the Spartans with 29 points. Bolf scored 14 points, Conerway finished with 11 points and Adcox scored 10 points.

The Spartans start play today at the Decatur Tournament. Centennial plays Tuesday at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill.

Elks deck North Forney

After going through a rough weekend at the Midlothian Heritage Tournament, Burleson’s boys basketball team bounced back with a nice non-district victory Tuesday night.

Behind 23 points from Sidney McFail and a 23-point effort from Sam Martin, the Elks downed North Forney, 76-59, at home. Brennan Zeiner finished with 17 points.

“We played better as a team tonight,” Burleson coach Joey Martin said. “Our goal is to have 20 assists and if we can do that we are playing more as a team and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

The Elks (3-6) jumped out to a 22-10 first-quarter lead and led 38-28 at halftime. Burleson outscored the Falcons, 38-31, in the second half to win.

“We shot the ball better tonight,” Joey Martin said. “We hadn’t been shooting it that well. We played better as a group. I saw some good signs tonight and we just have to continue to build off that.”

Burleson opens play today at the Colleyville Heritage Tournament. The Elks return to non-district play Tuesday at Midlothian Heritage.

The Elks went 1-4 at the Midlothian Heritage Tournament.

Burleson opened the tournament against teams ranked in the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

College Station, the No. 21-ranked ranked in Class 5A, topped the Elks, 67-41. Sam Martin scored eight points in the loss. Waco Connally, the No. 13-ranked team in Class 4A, beat Burleson, 67-41, despite 16 points from McFail and 10 points from C.J. Williams.

Sam Martin scored 15 points and McFail tallied 12 points in a 64-54 loss to Kaufman. The Elks defeated Corsicana, 57-27, thanks to 16 points from McFail, and then lost to Seagoville, 45-37. Williams scored 16 points in a losing effort.

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