ANDREWS, Texas (KTSM) — It wasn’t the storybook ending they had hoped for, but the Americas and Chapin boys basketball teams made history on Tuesday with appearances in the 6A and 5A Regional Semifinals of the Texas high school basketball playoffs respectively.
Playing in their first Regional Semifinal game in program history, the Trail Blazers came up short against Dallas Jesuit in Stanton, 60-41. Christian Nevarez led the Americas with 10 points while Jordan Hernandez chipped in with nine points in the loss. The Trail Blazers finish the season 20-2.
“I’m glad we got this far, but we’re always looking to go further because that’s what it’s about this time of year,” said Americas head coach Mike Brooks. “The kids played hard.”
Chapin was also making their first Sweet 16 appearance when they took the floor in Andrews. The Huskies led Mansfield Summit by 21 points after the first quarter, but the Jaguars came storming back to beat Chapin, 64-56. Sophomore guard KJ Lewis, who received an offer from Kansas on Monday, led the Huskies with 20 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the loss.
“I think we got a little hyped with the lead and that’s a team that plays like that for 32 minutes. No excuse — we should have won the game,” said Chapin head coach Rodney Lewis. “You make decisions as a coach and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. You have to live with it. We’ll get better from this — we did last year. I’m proud of my guys.”
Tune-in to KTSM 9 Sports with Andy Morgan at 10 p.m. for highlights and a full report from Colin Deaver in Andrews.