The Fair Park Indians took advantage of their deep bench and the leadership of senior DeAngelo McClinton to rally from a halftime deficit and defeat the Northwood Falcons 49-42 Friday night at Fair Park to remain unbeaten early in District 1-4A play.
While McClinton led Fair Park with a modest-by-his-standards 12 points, the Indians had 10 different players score at least one basket, showing the depth that head coach Eddie Hamilton has at his disposal. That depth came in handy Friday, as Fair Park outscored Northwood 30-18 in the second half to stretch its record to 12-9 and 0-2 in district.
Jamarcus Cooksey scored 11 points and Malcolm Williams added 10 in defeat for the Falcons.
Southwood 75, Parkway 64: At Southwood, John Parker led four players in double figures with 21 points as the Cowboys opened the District 1-5A season with a victory over the Panthers.
Daterrius Hubbard and Shakelvin Calhoun each pumped in 12 points and Kajuan Johnson added 11 as Southwood improved to 12-8 overall (1-0 district).
Brodrick Jefferson led Parkway (8-7, 0-1) with a game-high 28 points.
Huntington 75, Loyola 46: At Huntington, Johnny Woodard scored 17 points to spark the Raiders to a District 1-4A victory over the Flyers.
Brandon Sheppard scored 14 points and Aldon Kelly dropped in 11 as Huntington improved to 16-2 overall and 2-0 in district. Riley Anderson added 10 points for the Raiders.
Eldrick English led Loyola (14-7, 1-1) with 16 points, while Dominique Kennedy scored 13 and Drekaleus Williams added 10.
Green Oaks 69, Mansfield 62: At Green Oaks, the Giants took a 49-45 lead into the final quarter and held on for the District 1-3A win.
Green Oaks got a big game from Jonathan Bell who scored a game- high 33 points. Veonta Keith added 15 for the Giants now 7-11 overall and 1-0 in the district.
Levonta Hall’s 17 points paced Mansfield now 7-12, 0-1.
Bossier 67, BTW 51: At BTW, in a battle of District 1-3A heavyweights Devonte Hall outdueled Karim El-Amin, both on the stat sheet and the scoreboard as the Bearkats picked up the district-opening win over the Lions.
Hall finished with 30 points as Bossier improved to 14-7 overall. Kentrell Hardy added 14 for the Kats.
El-Amin had six 3-pointers among his 29 points in the loss.
North Webster 64, Evangel 37: At North Webster, Lyntravious Gipson pumped in 17 points and the Knights erupted for 43 second-half points en route to the win in their District 1-3A opener over the Eagles.
Dontavious Smith added 14 points as North Webster improved to 15-7 overall (1-0 district).
Minden 88, Benton 50: At Minden, the Crimson Tide built a monstrous 51-22 lead in the first half and were never threatened, easily dispatching the visiting Tigers in their District 1-4A contest.
CJ Elkins led all scorers with 20 points as Minden improved to 14-5 (2-0 district). Anfernee Red (16 points), JJ Sneed (14), Louis Moore (11) and Kevin Hamilton (11) all scored in double figures for the Tide.
Rudy Davis scored 12 points and Patrick Edmonds added 10 for Benton (3-12, 0-2).
Grambling 52, Plain Dealing 38: At Plain Dealing, Marty Tolston scored 22 points as the Kittens got a huge road upset over the Lions in District 1-1A competition.