ESPNHS Fab 50 No. 4 Flower Mound Marcus and No. 33 DeSoto entered the Whataburger Tournament on an upward trend in the national rankings.
However, both were eliminated from the winners bracket Thursday, and Marcus' bid for a third straight championship at the tournament was thwarted.
After a less-than-typical performance from Marcus on Wednesday in its opening round win over Justin Northest, Marcus faced the buzz-saw offense of Richland, losing 58-55.
Marcus transfer Ricky Roberts went off on his former team, scoring 27 of Richland's 58 points. That followed a 16-point performance Wednesday in the Rebel's 64-58 victory over Garland Naaman Forest.
After an easy dismissal of Coppell on Wednesday, DeSoto failed to bring its top game into Thursday's match against Plano West, losing in blowout fashion, 63-46.
Both teams still have the opportunity to take fourth place in the winners bracket. Marcus will face Richardson Berkner at 12:30 p.m. Friday and DeSoto will face North Crowley at 2 p.m. Friday. The fourth-place game, featuring the winners of those two games, will be at 5 p.m. Friday.
Other Thursday scores:
Milwuakee King 54, Richardson Berkner, 43.
Little Rock Parkview 49, North Crowley 44.
Milwaukee King 77, Richland 67
Little Rock Parkview 59, Plano West 58.
Coppell 54, Fort Worth Arlington Heights 51
Houston Klein Forest 51, Hurst L.D. Bell 37
Justin Northwest 59, Garland Naaman Forest 57.
Duncanville 79, Arlington Martin 52.