HP runs past Wylie East, clinches 10-4A title

DALLAS -- Highland Park's boys were ready to run from start Tuesday.

The Scots' game-long run began with the opening tip, which was followed by a single pass and a layup with just seconds gone from the clock.

The Scots never slowed down on their home court, beating Wylie East, 84-67, and securing the District 10-4A championship in the process.

"We wanted to get off to a quick start, obviously," Scots coach David Piehler said. "They're the type of team that if you let them hang around like we did, they'll stay in the game. It really wasn't over until the last few minutes. Getting off to a quick start was really key for us tonight."

While Highland Park never let Wylie East get within striking distance, the Raiders never said die, remaining around 10 points down until the final minutes of the game. Wylie East found success shooting from distance and was led by freshman Kevon Mack, who finished with 15 points.

"Wylie East is a great team," Piehler said. "They've got a bunch of young guys and I'm not looking forward to playing them next year."

The Scots were sparked by wing David Allen, the game's leading scorer with 22 points. Allen was a welcome sight at the top of the scoring list for Piehler after the high-scoring wing had missed six games earlier in the season with an injury.

Highland Park finished with a 12-2 district record, the same as McKinney. But the Scots swept the Lions in the season series to earn the tie-breaker for the top seed from 10-4A.

As "We are the Champions" blared in the Scots' locker room, Piehler remained astounded at his squad's achievments.

"I don't know how we did it," Piehler said. "I've been here five years now and Highland Park has a way of just stepping up. These guys believe in themselves and they believe in the tradition. Our whole district this year was very tough from top to bottom. I don't know how we did it."

Highland Park will face Carrollton Creekview, fourth place in District 9-4A, in the bi-district round of the 4A state playoffs next week.