BOYS BASKETBALL: East Central upsets Region IV champion Timberwolves



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East Central (12-4) notched the biggest victory of Christmas week and arguably the area’s biggest win this season, felling defending Region IV champion Cedar Park 84-75 Dec. 22 at East Central.

The Hornets dominated the opening quarter, building a 28-14 lead and maintained a 16-point advantage on the Timberwolves at halftime.

“Rashard Smith made four 3-pointers in the first half,” East Central coach Jeff Sweet said of Cedar Park. “The way we shared and shot the ball, we were hard to defend.”

6-foot-5 major-college recruit Keaton Hervey set a Cedar Park school record with 44 points in the loss. East Central, though, never surrendered the lead, despite seeing it dwindle to 74-69 on a free throw from Hervey with 3:17 remaining. Hornets senior guard Ethan White responded with a fast-break layup that became a three-point play.

White (24 points) added two more free throws with 58.9 seconds remaining to give East Central a 79-69 lead. The senior made eight of 12 foul shots in the game and corralled six rebounds.

“When it got a little tough,” Sweet said, “he was able to step his game up and score.”

Smith finished with 13 points, including the four 3-pointers. Tony Moffett and Marquez Hamilton (4 steals) scored 11 points each. K’Von Rice had a team-high five assists and three steals.

The Cedar Park win joined victories over Johnson, Brennan, Reagan and O’Connor as the Hornets continued to build an impressive resume.

“I’d like to see these guys get some recognition,” Sweet said, “as one of the better teams in the city.”

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