Fort Worth – Allen found a way to rally in the second half to beat North Crowley for a 73-67 victory in the Class 6A Region I Semifinals on Friday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
North Crowley led by 10 in the third quarter but couldn’t stop four Eagles from finishing in double figures in points. Allen’s Brenton Mills scored 14 points, including four of Allen’s 10 🏀 three-pointers.
Isaiah Stevens finished with 13 points. Jaylen Walker scored 12, and Jerritt Dixon had 11. The Eagles sank 19 free throws in the win.
Grant Sherfield scored 27 points to lead North Crowley.
The Eagles basketball team 🏀 has reached the regional semifinal round four times in last five seasons.
For Allen, Jordan Neely scored eight points, Korey Jones 6, Jaylon Scott 5, Donovan Parham 3 and Cameron Mann one point.
Allen led, 25-16, going into the second quarter but was held to seven points and went into halftime down, 37-32.
Allen outscored North Crowley, 23-12, in the third quarter to enter the fourth quarter ahead, 55-49.
Rivals meet again: Allen (32-5) faces top-ranked Denton Guyer (38-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth in the regional final game.
Guyer ended a 23-game win steak for Odessa Permian, winning the semifinal, 58-48, on Friday.
USA Today ranks Guyer 11th in the country.
Scouting report: Allen will have to stop Guyer’s fast-breaking dunk scoring De’Vion Harmon, who scored 18 against Permian (31-4).
Allen is back in the region final for the third time. If Allen wins Saturday, the Eagles basketball team will be back in the state tournament for the second time.
Guyer has two wins in district against Allen this basketball season. Allen fell by seven and 24 points. Guyer put up an 82-75 win and a 83-59 victory.
Allen entered the playoffs ranked 10th in the state. Guyer is ranked No. 1 and is going to to region final for the first time in basketball.
Saturday’s game starts at 1 p.m.
Drivers from Allen might want to leave by 11 a.m. Saturday to have plenty of time to get to Wilkerson-Greines, on the south side of Fort Worth off I-20.
– Brian Bearden