Center Roughriders to take on Mexia in first round of playoffs
Coach Hiram Harrison and the Center Roughriders are playoff bound with their first round playoff game scheduled against Mexia at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Tyler Junior College.
With their own destiny in their hands on Tuesday, Feb. 18, for Center's final regular season game, they downed the Huntington Red Devils, 68-60. Both teams had 2-5 District 20-4A win-loss records going into the game with a playoff berth on the line.
The Roughriders got off to a quick start taking a 20-13 lead into the second quarter. By halftime that lead had evaporated a slight 29-27 lead for Center with Huntington dropping 10 points late in the period to nearly tie things up by the half.
The Riders defense held tough in the second half as the Center offensive machine continued to click, dropping 20 points in the third quarter.
The Tuesday night victory came after the Roughriders were victorious over the Jasper Bulldogs, 80-71, on Friday, Feb. 14 in Jasper.
Jamarcus McCollister led the Riders' scoring effort with 17 points; Makel Johnson had 16; Jamarrion Evans, 15; Zacc Smith, 14; and Malik Patton, 6 points for Center.
The Riders finished the regular season strong after they beat Jasper 80-71 on Friday, Feb. 21.
Roughrider Jamarrion Evans led Center in the point total against Jasper, putting up 20 points in the game. Makel Johnson followed close behind Evans with 19 points.
While Evans and Johnson led the scoring effort they had plenty of help in a well-rounded offenseive effort. Malik Patton, who contributed a total of 17 points, Zacc Smith had 14; and Jumarcus McCollister, sank the ball for 10 points for the Roughriders.
Moving into playoff action, district leading Carthage took a 7-1 district mark into the playoffs. The only district game the Bulldogs lost was the final regular season game to Hudson, 60-54.
Center and Jasper were tied for third place at the end of district, each with 3-5 records in district play. Jasper is scheduled to play Fairfield on Monday.
Mexia on Tuesday defeated Rusk, 100-14, to finish out Region III District 19-4A with an 8-0 record before they take on the Roughriders next Tuesday in Tyler.