Lancaster leads long-lasting 15-4A boys race

League games are just beginning in some boys basketball districts, but in 15-4A, teams have played almost a third of their district schedule.

Because of the size of 15-4A (nine schools), 16 games with bye dates are required for the home-and-away round-robin, necessitating the start of league games in November.

A three-team battle is shaping up with Lancaster (6-0), West Mesquite (4-1) and Red Oak (4-1) separating themselves from the pack.

Lancaster already owns a road win over West Mesquite and hosts Red Oak at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Tigers have four players averaging double figures in their district wins:

*Bobby Word (16.3), a 6-2 junior and a solid 3-point shooter.

*Daeshon Hall (13.8), a 6-7 senior post.

*D.J. Foster (12.0), a 6-4 senior forward who excels in going to the basket.

*Brandon Fisher (10.2), a 5-10 senior guard.

Red Oak suffered its first 15-4A loss Tuesday to West Mesquite, 68-50. The Hawks are led by 6-7 senior Luke Eubank.

Lancaster made it to the Class 4A state finals in the 2009-2010 season, losing in the title game to Houston Yates.