MIDLOTHIAN — A perfect run through the weekend resulted in a Heritage Hoopfest championship for the host Jaguars.
The varsity boys improved to 8-2 on the season by defeating Ennis (80-37), Fort Worth Christian (51-46), Forney (75-31), College Station (48-47), and Kaufman (81-55).
The win over Kaufman came in the championship game on Saturday afternoon. Vincent Lee posted a double-double with 11 rebounds and a game-high 27 points. Kaleb Neal finished with 15 points and four rebounds, and Kevin Luke had 12 points. The Jaguars shot 42-of-58 from the field (55 percent).
Lee scored a team-high 14 points and Collin Valenta added 12 in the semifinal win over College Station on Saturday morning. The Jaguars held a 21-20 lead at the half before being outscored 13-11 in the third quarter. Heritage closed the game by outscoring College Station 16-14 in the 49-47 win.
The Jaguars jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first quarter and then poured in 48 points in the second and third quarters for a comfortable 75-31 win against Forney on Friday afternoon.
Valenta led all scorers with 12 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Neal added 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Lee and Tristan Paschall added 11 and nine points, respectively.
Kevin Luke pulled down a team-high six rebounds while Lee and Neal added five, each. Valenta dished out a team-high three assists and Mason Thomas recorded three steals.
FORT WORTH CHRISTIAN
An 18-10 run in the second quarter fueled the Jaguars to a five-point win against Fort Worth Christian on Thursday night.
Lee and Quinton Joseph led the Jaguars with 16 points, each. Lee also pulled down nine rebounds.
The Ennis Lions slept walked to a 16-0 first-quarter deficit Thursday morning in the opening game of the Heritage Hoopfest.
Luckily for Heritage, the Jaguars were operating on all cylinders. Heritage poured in 49 points over the second and third quarters to take a 65-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
Three Jaguars scored in double digits, which included Lee's game-high 23 points. Neal added 17 points, Valenta chipped in 11, and Braydon Bennett scored seven.
Mason Thomas, Luke and Joseph all scored six points, and Paschall added four.
Thomas led the team with nine rebounds and Lee added eight. Neal posted a game-high seven steals, while Lee added six, Valenta had five, and Paschall and Thomas each picked four Lion pockets. Heritage recorded 30 steals as a team.
Luke dished out nine assists.
NEXT TIME OUT
Heritage entered Tuesday's home against 5A No. 17 (7-3) Trimble Tech as the ninth-ranked team in the TABC 4A poll.
The Jaguars carried a 19-15 lead into the locker room at the break but were outscored 25-11 in the third frame. Heritage mounted a comeback but fell short in the 60-58 loss Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Individual statistics were not available as of press time.
Heritage fell to 8-3 on the season and will return to play Thursday, Dec. 7 in the Glen Rose Lions Club Invitational tournament at 11:40 a.m. against Mineral Wells.