The Cooldown: Week 24

The last full week of regular season basketball is here! District races will wrap up next weekend and in two weeks we will start the playoffs! That means March and the Final Four are just around the corner. It’s crunch time for teams around the metroplex with playoff aspirations. Let’s take a look at last week’s action.

McKinney ousts Little Elm

McKinney has looked like one of the best teams in the metroplex this season, and that continued last Friday in a 62-56 win over Little Elm. The Lions had four players finish in double figures, with Alex Anamekwe and Devin Vincent leading the way with 15 points each. Sean Fry chipped in 13 points and Ja’Kobe Walter added 10 points. If McKinney can get that kind of production every night from those four guys, the Lions will be a very tough out in the playoffs.

Prosper outlasts McKinney Boyd

Prosper punched its ticket to the playoffs with a 61-60 win at home against McKinney Boyd. A heroic performance from Kendall Alexander wasn’t enough for McKinney Boyd to come away with the road win. Alexander scored 26 of the Broncos 60 points. Prosper used a more balanced attack- getting 14 points from Jaxson Ford, 12 from Justin Olaleye, and 11 points each from Addison Harmon and Neal Utrup. Prosper joins Denton Braswell and McKinney as playoff teams representing District 5-6A.

Keller tops Byron Nelson

The Byron Nelson Bobcats were the last undefeated team in District 4-6A play until the Bobcats travelled to Keller to take on the Indians. A 32-point 4th quarter powered Keller past Byron Nelson 73-67. The Indians won’t win the district but beating the Bobcats could give Keller some much needed momentum heading into the playoffs. Six players scored at least seven points for Keller in the win, including  a team-high 19 from Blake Bahr. The Bobcats were led by Finley Bizjack with 22 points and Jesse Iweze with 19 points. Byron Nelson will likely claim the top playoff seed in District 4-6A, and Keller is now in good position for the 2nd seed, along with Eaton.

Player of the Week

My player of the week is Keller guard Blake Bahr! As I just mentioned above, Bahr scored 19 points in the Indians win over Byron Nelson last week and was instrumental in the win. Bahr has been a playmaker for Keller all season and he will need to continue his level of play into the playoffs if the Indians are to make a deep playoff run.

Team of the Week

My team of the week is the Prosper Eagles! Prosper clinched its playoff spot in thrilling fashion with a one-point win over McKinney Boyd. The Eagles bounced back from a loss to Allen earlier in the week to punch their playoff ticket. Prosper will close out its regular season with games against Little Elm and Denton Guyer before the playoffs start.

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