Sam Houston HS – Arlington, TX
The North Crowley Men’s Basketball Program, currently ranked 7th in the State, continued their winning ways on Friday night when they traveled to Arlington to face Arlington Sam Houston in a District 4-6A match-up. The 2 programs entered the game on opposite ends of the district standings… The Panthers entered the contest 21-3 overall and 5-0 in district play for tops in the district. The Texans entered the game 7-16 overall record, 2-4 in district play & near the bottom of the district standings.
North Crowley took no time to flex their strength against the Texans as they as their offense struck early and often… the Panthers were 15-26 from the field 2-5 from three & 10-14 from the line in the first half as they doubled up the Texans 42-21 at the half. In the second half the Panthers continued their hot shooting as they put up 43 more points on 15-29 from the field, 8-13 from three & 5-7 from the line. The Panthers were led in scoring by 6’7″ Senior Wing/Guard, Isaiah Crawford, with 27 points. He was joined in double figure by 6’2″ sharp shooting Junior Guard, Tre Ballard and 6’3″ Senior Wing Chris Jordan with 14 apiece. Jordan also led the team in rebounding with 8 and a share of the lead in assists (with Crawford) with 5. Sophomore PG Malik Clinton came off of the bench to record a very nice game with 4 points, 2 rebounds, a steal and 4 assists (with no turnovers). Freshman Forward Bryan Thomas played well in limited minutes as well recording 2 points, 4 rebounds, a block and an assist.
The Panthers continue district play this week as they return home to NCHS’ Panther Fieldhouse to take on the FW Trimble Tech Bulldogs. The Panthers will be recognizing Head Coach Tommy Brakel, former players and former coaches in between the girls’ and boys’ game for their recent 600th win for the program. The Panthers are now 602-126 in the past 20+ seasons. On Friday, the Panthers are back in Arlington, this time to take on the Lamar Vikings in District 4-6A action.