Bulletin Staff Report
ABILENE — The No. 18 May Tigers used a fourth-quarter surge to advance to the Division II-A Region II quarterfinals, rallying for a 68-53 area round victory over Knox City Friday night.
May (23-5) trailed 45-42 through three quarters, but outscored Knox City 26-8 during the final eight minutes. The Tigers allowed just 17 second-half points after surrendering 36 in the first half.
Knox City (17-13), the champion of District 13, jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one quarter and owned a 36-28 halftime advantage.
The Tigers were led by Matt Pruitt’s 22 points, while Nathan Howard chipped in 18 and Mickey Dickerson finished with 11. Also scoring for May were Conner Murphree with five points, Tyler Hammond and Jeremy O’Briant with four points each and Cody Joyner and Jeremy Phillips with two points apiece.
May, the second seed from District 16, will face District 14 runner-up Roby, a 44-43 winner over Veribest Friday, next week. Further information on that pairing was unavailable at press time.
No. 4 Rule 67, Zephyr 38
CLYDE — The Zephyr Bulldogs’ season reached its conclusion Friday as the No. 4 Rule Bobcats earned a 67-38 Division II-A Region II area championship victory.
Zephyr (13-8), the third playoff seed out of District 16, trailed 11-5 after one quarter, 32-14 at halftime and 46-28 heading into the fourth period.
Luke Creed scored a team-high 12 points for the Bulldogs, followed by 10 from Jason Hughes, seven from Cord Biddy and six points from Haustin Simmons.
Rule (17-2) will face District 16 champion Priddy, which defeated Aspermont Friday night, in the regional quarterfinals next week.
No. 12 Richland Springs 58, San Isidro 39
POTEET — Following a first-round bye, the No. 12 Richland Springs Coyotes, champions of District 29-A, opened the postseason with a Division II-A Region IV area round victory over District 32 runner-up San Isidro, 58-39, here Friday night.
Mark Williams scored 22 points to pace the Coyotes (17-1), followed by 12 from Haustin Burkhart, seven from Tyler Ethridge, six from Mitchell Jacobson, five from Andrew Fowler, four from Patrick Couch and two points from Nigel Bates.
The Coyotes will face either Knippa or Waelder next week in the regional quarterfinals.