Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


March 2, 2013

Region III-1A DII Final: No. 1 Roxton beats Frost 68-44

Steels scores 15 points in Polar Bears' loss

TYLER — Frost bolted out to an early lead on the No.1-ranked Roxton Lions in Saturday night's Region III-1A DII Final.

Then the state's top-ranked team took the night over.

Roxton went on a 15-0 run and never looked back, pulling away for a 68-44 victory over Frost at Wagstaff Gymsnasium.

Roxton (28-4) advances to the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament in Austin next week. Frost, playing in the regional final in hoops after also doing so in football, ends its season with an 18-7 record.

Frost bolted out to a dream start. The Polar Bears showed their willingness to draw charges, getting two early ones taken by Andrew Jackson and Colton Clayton.

The Bears went on a 7-0 run as Robert Worley made a 3-pointer and Danial Steels scored four of his 15 points as the Bears led 9-3 with 5:00 left in the first quarter.

Roxton then went on its 15-0 run, using turnovers and easy baskets to turn the game. Quinton Walker scored 10 points during the run as Roxton had an 18-9 lead early in the second quarter.

"We've been getting off to slow starts," Frost coach Eric Blenden said. "Maybe that was the problem."

The real problem was Roxton kept making shots, and even when Frost made some headway, the Lions made a 3-pointer or came up with a steal and a layup. Corinthians Green and Lester Green combined for 13 points in the second quarter as Roxton built a 35-20 lead.

Frost caught what appeared to be a big break when Walker picked up his fourth foul 26 seconds into the third quarter. But the Lions had plenty of depth to handle the quarter without their leading scorer. Kalyl McGuire had five points and five other players scored as Roxton led 50-30 after three quarters.

"We talked at halftime about getting that fourth foul on him," Blenden said. "We just couldn't make enough shots. They're the No. 1 team in the state for a reason."

Jacob Stroder made two 3-pointers in the second half to give the Polar Bears something to feel good about, once cutting the lead to 55-37. But it was too much Roxton, which left its starters in the game until the final horn to enjoy the victory and a third trip to Austin.

For the Polar Bears, its been a historic six months. Frost made it to the regional finals in football for the second time in school history. The Polar Bears were a play away from an upset against Tenaha.

The same core group of players won a district title in basketball, won three playoff games to get to the regional finals. It's the 10th time in school history the Polar Bears have advanced to the regional basketball tournament.

"It goes back to the kids," Blenden said. "They've played in some pressure-packed games. They know how to do it. They find a way somehow to do it. It's a testament to the community and their families."

Region III-1A DII Final

Roxton 68, Frost 44

Roxton   16  19   15   18 -- 68

Frost   9   11   10    14 -- 44

Roxton -- Corinthians Green 11, Kalyl McGuire 11, Lester Green 18, Quinton Walker 20, Alex Williams 4, Walker Wharton 2, James Black 2.

Frost -- Andrew Jackson 6, Jacob Stroder 12, Danial Steels 15, Robert Worley 6, Colton Clayton 5.

Records -- Roxton 28-4, Frost 18-7.


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