Forney ISD Boys Basketball Teams Host 8th Annual Winter Classic Tournament

On December 6-8, the Forney ISD boys’ basketball teams hosted and participated in their 8th annual Winter Classic Tournament. 

The schools at the tournament this year were Forney High School, North Forney, Sulphur Springs, The Colony High School, Wylie High School, Lake Highlands, Garland High School, Garland Naaman Forest High School, Ennis High School, Rockwall-Heath, McKinney Boyd High School, and North Mesquite.

Seven of the twelve teams in the tournament this year were playoff qualifiers last season. Also, Wylie High School, Sulphur Springs, and The Colony High School are currently state ranked teams.

Overall, North Forney and Forney High School posted 2-2 and 0-4 records respectively in the tournament this year.

 

 

The results of the games that North Forney played in the tournament were as follows.

Wylie High School 60 North Forney 28

North Forney 43 Ennis 35

North Forney 49 North Mesquite 48

Silver Bracket Championship Game: Rockwall-Heath 57 North Forney 48

 

The results of the games that Forney High school played in the tournament were as follows.

The Colony High School 76 Forney High School 54

Garland Naaman Forest 49 Forney High School 39

Garland High School 67 Forney High School 66 in Over Time

McKinney Boyd 52 Forney High School 37

 

North Forney Tournament Game Recaps

 

Wylie High School 60 - North Forney 28

State ranked Wylie High School jumped out to an early 14-4 lead in this game. From there, the Pirates never looked back on their way victory. The key to the Pirates’ victory was their ability to consistently penetrate inside for easy baskets. Also, they used their strong athleticism to cause several North Forney turnovers which ignited their very effective transition game.

Individually, Wylie had 12 different players score points in this game. For North Forney, their leading scorer in this game was Jawuan Turner with 9 points. It should be noted that Wylie High School was a 6A playoff team last season.

                     1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total

North Forney   6      4      5      13     28

Wylie             20    18     16       6     60

North Forney Scoring Summary: Juwaun Turner 9, Justin Miles 5, Tre Summers 4, Caillou Collins 4, Darrius Traylor 4, and De’Juan Johnson 2.

Wylie Scoring Summary: Achebe 9, Lutcher 8, Cory Wells 6, Cameron Wells 6, Jacory Dawkins 6, Rausaw 6, Jacoby Dawkins 4, Ollie 4, Pennington 4, Tomah 3, Vantrier 2, and Taylor 2.

 

North Forney 43 - Ennis 35


Led by the combined scoring efforts of Tre Summers and Gavin Sterling, North Forney was able to hold of Ennis down the stretch to win this game. For the record, Summers (12 points) and Sterling (10 points—8 of his points came in the 2nd half) teamed up to register 22 points between them in this game.

It was good to see this young North Forney team find a way to win this game. 

                      1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total

North Forney    8     14     11    10     43
Ennis                8     12      7      8     35

North Forney Scoring Summary: Tre Summers 12, Gavin Sterling 10, Dario Woodson 6, Caillou Collins 5, Justin Miles 4, Braelon Gates 3, Jawuan Turner 2, and Billy Williams 1.

Ennis Scoring Summary: Manuel 11, Spencer 10, Johnson 5, Hughes 4, Perkins 2, Dove 2, and Brown 1.

 

North Forney 49 - North Mesquite 48

Here was the situation. North Forney was down by two points at 48-46 with just over 2 seconds left in this game. The Falcons had one final chance to win this game. On an in-bound play, North Forney got the ball into the hands of Xavier Thornton and then he calmly swished a buzzer beating three point shot to help the Falcons win this game in dramatic fashion.

It was remarkable that North Forney even got a chance to win this game at all. With about 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, North Mesquite led 44-37. At this point, the Stallions looked to be in total control of the game. But then North Forney dug down deep and fought back. First, Tre Summers converted on a three-point play (basket + free throw) which made the score 44-40.

Then, a little later, Mr. Summers connected again on a driving basket to cut North Mesquite’s lead to 44-42. Then Jawuan Turner went coast to coast for a lay up which tied the game at 44-all at the 1:24 mark in the 4th quarter. So just like that, North Forney had gone on a frenetic 7-0 run to even the game

But, then, North Mesquite’s DJ Johnson drained a three-point shot with 14 seconds left to give the Stallions the lead once again at 47-44. Also, on the play, he was fouled. So, he had a chance at a rare four- point play which would have pretty much iced the game. But he missed the free throw which left the door open. With 7.5 seconds, Tre Summers connected on two foul shots to make the score 47-46. Then, North Mesquite split two free throws to make the score 48-46. But in the end, Xavier Thornton had the final say and shot in this game and it spoke volumes as it spelled out victory for the Falcons.

North Forney was led offensively in this game by Darrius Traylor (15 points), Xavier Thornton (11 points), and Jawuan Turner (10 points- 8 of his points came in the 4th quarter). For North Mesquite, their top scorers were DJ Johnson (12 points—all 12 of his points came in the 2nd half), Justen Williams (11 points), Treshaun Harrell (10 points), and Jamor Mallard (10 points).

It should be noted that North Mesquite was a 6A playoff team last season.

                         1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total

North Forney       6      9      13     21    49
North Mesquite    8    10      17     13    48

North Forney Scoring Summary: Darrius Traylor 15, Xavier Thornton 11, Jawuan Turner 10, Tre Summers 9, and Gavin Sterling 4.

North Mesquite Scoring Summary: Johnson 12, Williams 11, Mallard 10, Harrell 10. and Wright 5.

Silver Bracket Championship Game: Rockwall-Heath 57 North Forney 48

A solid Rockwall-Heath team built up a 55-31 advantage by the end of the 3rd quarter of this game. The Hawks appeared to be cruising to victory.

But then the North Forney reserves came on the floor and they made a loud statement as they outscored the Hawks by a count of 17-2 in the frame. It was fun to watch them battle and fight to the very end. Yes, they lost the game, but North Forney’s strong effort in the 4th quarter of this game showed me that the Falcons are making strides in the right direction as they try to build a winning program again.

 

Rockwall-Heath 57 - North Forney 48

It should be noted that Rockwall-Heath was a 6A playoff team last season.

Rockwall Heath had three different players score in double figures during this game.  

                            1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total

North Forney          8     15      8     17     48
Rockwall-Heath    22     15     18      2      57

North Forney Scoring Summary: Xavier Thornton 9, Tre Summers 8, Jonathyn Williams 7, Gavin Sterling 6, Jawuan Turner 6, Justin Miles 5, Keilan Jackson 5, and Billy Williams 2.

Forney Jackrabbit Tournament Game Recaps

 

 

Forney High Tournament Recaps

The Colony High School 76 - Forney High School 54

A state ranked team from The Colony High School built up a 30-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. From there, the Cougars never looked back on their way to victory.

The Cougars had 5 different players score in double figures during this game. On the other hand, Forney had three players score in double figures as well. Those players were Tay Smith (15 points), Corby Filice (11 points), and Addison Haley (11 points).

The Colony was a playoff team last season.

 

Garland Naaman Forest 49 -  Forney High School 39

Naaman Forest raced out to an early 15-3 lead in this game From there, the Rangers expanded their lead to as much as 21 point at 38-17 in the 3rd quarter. After they built up a sizable lead, Naaman Forest coasted home for the victory. Naaman Forest was a playoff team last season.
Naaman forest had two players score in double figures during this game. For Forney, Corby Filice led the way offensively with 12 points.

                            1st  2nd   3rd   4th   Total

Forney                   6     9      10    14      39

Naaman Forest     18    15       6    10      49

Forney Scoring Summary: Corby Filice 12, Tay Smith 9, Seth Banda 9, Toni Miller 5, Addison Haley 2, and Luke smith 2.

Naaman Forest Scoring Summary: Mason 16, Crabtree 12, MarLaun Johnson 6, Abdulhafiz 6, Woodson 4, Huey 2, McCarthy 2, and Nwigwe 1.

 

Garland High School 67 - Forney High School 66 in Over Time

Midway through the 4th quarter, Forney led 53-44. So, Forney was in a good position to win this game. However, Garland went on a 11-2 run in the closing minutes to tie the game at 55-all.

So, this game was headed into overtime.

In the overtime period, Forney was again so close to the winner’s circle. But they could not secure victory. the winning basket came on a shot in the lane by Garland’s Charles Allen after an offensive rebound. This was a tough loss for Forney indeed.

Forney was led offensively in this game by Tay Smith who poured in a game high 27 points. Also, Addison Haley (16 points), and Corby Filice (10 points) scored in double figures as well. For Garland, Jayhlon Young and Aaron King registered 25 and 14 points respectively in this game.

                       1st   2nd   3rd   4th  OT   Total

Forney             18    12     14    11    11     66

Garland            15   15       9    16    12     67

Forney Scoring Summary: Tay Smith 27, Addison Haley 16, Corby Filice 10, Cade McBride 7, Seth Banda 4, and Tochi Anusiem 2.

Garland Scoring Summary: Young 25, King 14, Egifor 8. Powers 8, Soumahoro 6, and Allen 6.

 

 

McKinney Boyd 52 - Forney 37

McKinney Boyd took control of this game late in the first quarter. From there, they coasted home for the victory.

McKinney Boyd had two players score in double figures during this game.

A key stat in this game was this. McKinney Boyd out rebounded Forney by a count of 41-26.

                         1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total

Forney                11    3      11    12      37

McKinney Boyd    19   6      18      9       52

Forney Scoring Summary: Addison Haley 8, Corby Filice 7, Camden Byrd 5, Tay Smith 5, Cade McBride 3, Seth Banda 3, Tochi Anusiem 2, Luke McBride 2, and Logan Wiser 2.

McKinney Boyd Scoring Summary: Reedy 14, Franklin 10, O’Brien 9, Denman 6, Shaw 6, Madkin 3, and Radley 4.

 

Michael Morrill 
Sports Director

 

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