Highland Park leading scorer David Allen will not play in the Scots’ area round matchup against Dallas Kimball on Friday, marking the second game he'll miss under a school-sanctioned suspension for his DWI arrest over the weekend.
Highland Park ISD director of communications Helen Williams said she could not directly comment on an individual student’s disciplinary action, but cited the school's Extra-curricular Code of Conduct, which states that the minimum suspension for a first-time offender is a week or 10 percent of the regular season, which would automatically include Friday’s game.
“I can’t discuss a specific student, but that game on Friday would fall within the minimum [suspension],” Williams said.
Allen was arrested Saturday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene after hitting a parked car.
The area-round matchup between ESPN Dallas 4A boys No. 1 Highland Park and No. 5 Kimball, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster High School, highlights the slate of boys playoff games Friday.
Kimball rolls into the marquee matchup after beating Dallas Hillcrest, 82-70, in the highest ranked matchup of the bi-district round. Kimball head coach Royce Johnson was unaware of Allen’s suspension after the bi-district win and said it wouldn’t affect Kimball’s game plan.
Highland Park and Kimball shared a common opponent this season in South Oak Cliff, which Highland Park beat 65-59 in a non-district matchup and Kimball lost to twice in district play by a combined six points.
Although the teams have not faced off since the 2007-08 season in a 70-56 Kimball win, Johnson said he’s familiar with the Scots’ style.
“I’m familiar with their coach, just like he’s familiar with me,” Johnson said. “I’m familiar with his style and he’s familiar with mine. He’s going to have his guys well prepared and relaxed. They’re going to be aggressive and not be intimidated by us.”
Kimball will naturally look to get the ball in the hands of leading scorer Keith Frazier, who can create scoring chances off the dribble or pull up and hit from almost any distance, even in traffic.
Frazier believes the key will be the play of Kimball’s big men in the post matching up with Highland Park post Chase Fletcher.
“Our coaches told us they have a big front line," Frazier said, "and we’re just going to have our big guys ready so we can attack them.”
One player Kimball hopes to have ready is forward Sheldon Yearwood, who has been dealing with a quad injury.
But Johnson said he believes preparation is the key and that the better-prepared team will win Friday.
“If Highland Park is victorious against us it’s because they were better prepared and they outplayed us,” Johnson said. “There’s not going to be such a thing as we played down or anything. We’re going to give our best effort.”