Williams, Rockwell share top boys' spot
By Jack Stallard firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 27, 2014 at 10 p.m.
Longview's Cadell Williams and Tatum's Robbie Rockwell do their damage to opposing teams in different ways, but the results were the same.
Williams, a 6-7 force inside the paint, and Rockwell, East Texas' premier three-point sharpshooter, share ETvarsity.com Player of the Week honors after helping the Lobos and Eagles come away with a pair of wins last week.
Williams opened the week by scoring 11 points to go along with eight rebounds, three blocks and an assist as the Lobos earned a 44-43 overtime victory against Mesquite Horn on Tuesday. Three nights later, Williams connected on 18 of 20 shots from the field and finished with 39 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a 95-76 win over Rockwall Heath.
The Lobos (17-10, 5-3) trailed Heath by 12 points at halftime, but Williams opened the second half with a personal 7-0 run to get Longview back in the game.
Rockwell averaged 27 points in two games for Tatum, knocking down 14 three-pointers in wins over New Diana (131-25) and Union Grove (89-42).
In the win over New Diana, Rockwell drilled six three-pointers and finished with 24 points and six rebounds. He came back with eight treys, 30 points and five steals in the win over Union Grove.
Longview will visit Tyler Lee tonight. Tatum (24-4, 9-0) hosts Waskom.
In other outstanding performances from games played Jan. 20-25:
Longview's <em style="bold">Jordan Whitaker</em> scored 15 points and collected 10 rebounds in the Lobos' win over Rockwall-Heath.
Spring Hill's <em style="bold">Layne Patterson</em> scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Gladewater.
Gilmer's <em style="bold">Zach Spears</em> dished out 10 assists and added four steals in a loss to Gladewater, and teammate <em style="bold">Nick Smith</em> pulled down 11 rebounds in a loss to Chapel Hill.
White Oak's <em style="bold">Slade Sutton</em> filled the stat sheet with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 79-32 win over Union Grove.
Tatum's <em style="bold">Chaston Brooks</em> scored 12 points and added six rebounds, five steals and three assists in a win over Union Grove. <em style="bold">Casey Carr</em> dished out seven assists. In a win over New Diana, <em style="bold">Donovan Centers</em> finished with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and seven steals. <em style="bold">Klifton Willis</em> had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals, Brooks nine points, five rebounds, seven assists and five steals and Carr five assists and five steals. <em style="bold">Damien Spears-Mitchell</em> chipped in with seven points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Harmony's <em style="bold">Austin Spurlock</em> knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 30 points in a 75-54 loss to Arp. Teammate Levi Thompson added 16 rebounds.
Sabine's <em style="bold">O'Shean Jagot</em> scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds, and <em style="bold">Ivan Padron</em> finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 65-55 win over West Rusk.
Jefferson's <em style="bold">Devin Hodge</em> had 26 points, <em style="bold">LeTaurus Gaderson</em> added 10 rebounds and <em style="bold">Terrance Whitaker</em> finished with 16 points, six rebounds and seven steals in an 86-43 win over Ore City.
Avinger's <em style="bold">Jeremiaha Clark</em> finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 96-38 win over Karnack and added 20 points and nine boards in an 83-41 win over Bloomburg. Teammate <em style="bold">Lake Loyd</em> drilled six three-pointers and finished with 23 points in the win over Bloomburg.
Trinity School of Texas' <em style="bold">Forrest Houston</em> had 12 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and nine steals and <em style="bold">Nathan Burke</em> added 11 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and four assists in a 53-16 win over Regents of Nacogdoches.
Longview Christian School's <em style="bold">Hunter Reaves</em> scored 17 points and added 22 rebounds in a 64-29 win over St. Mary's. Teammate <em style="bold">Josh Stuats</em> had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and <em style="bold">Caleb Cammack</em> finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals.
Tatum moved up to No. 2 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll released on Monday. Clarksville is ranked No. 9.
Other ranked East Texas teams this week include Athens at No. 11 in Class 3A, Grapeland at No. 2, Martin's Mill No. 6, San Augustine No. 8, Tenaha No. 9, La Poynor No. 11 and North Hopkins No. 14 in Class A Division I and Laneville No. 2, Oakwood No. 3, Douglass No. 7, Miller Grove No. 15 and Avinger No. 23 in Class A.
Top-ranked teams this week include Converse Judson in 5A, Alamo Heights on 4A, Dalals Madison in 3A, Kountze in 2A, Mumford in 1A Division I and Texline in 1A Division II.
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