NEW BOSTON, Texas – Liberty-Eylau’s boys basketball team improved to 9-3 on the season Saturday after beating district rival Paris in the finals of the Gunslinger Shootout at Lions Gymnasium, 55-50.
The Leopards got balanced scoring, and excellent free throw shooting (14 of 17) in winning the championship. They earned their spot in the title game Friday by dominating host New Boston, 78-45. L-E routed Idabel’s junior varsity in its opener Thursday, 82-42.
Kentriale Akins scored in double digits all three games, including a team-high 12 against Paris. R’Aikem Harris scored 11, while Isaiah Cross enjoyed his best game since joining the team from football with 10 points.
“We’re going to play fast this season, but we’re emphasizing great defense wins championships,” said L-E coach Stasik Vaughn. “We’ve been improving each game, and I think this win over Paris shows we’ll be in the mix come district time.”
Lady Hawks beat L-E for girls title
Pleasant Grove’s girls enjoyed their third straight impressive outing in the tournament, defeating crosstown rival L-E, 53-42. The Lady Hawks scored 12 of the game’s final 13 points to pull away. Shanequa Henry led the Hawks with a game-high 26 points. Miaya Ware added 12 for the winners.
L-E’s girls (10-6) were led by Eliyah Howard’s 14 points, with Daycoria Meadows contributing 12.
Arkansas High’s boys took home the third place trophy after beating New Boston, 58-39. Micah Yarber led the Razorbacks with 26 points. Jamon Powell tallied 21 for the Lions.
The Lady Lions finished third in their division, beating Arkansas High, 56-50. Grace Duffer and Carleigh Reeves led New Boston with 14 points each. Cedriana Daniels scored a game-high 15 for the Lady Backs.