Boys: Trimble Tech soars past Aledo in opener

HALTOM CITY, Texas -- Chasten King scored all of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to spark Trimble Tech's 61-39 win over Aledo on Tuesday night in the Class 4A Region I bi-district playoffs.

King said he just followed head coach Wendell Ivory's halftime advice to keep shooting.

"We were off the first half, and he said to just keep shooting," King said. "We never quit. We kept shooting."

Bulldogs' head coach Wendell Ivory said King's shot selection was the key in the fourth quarter.

"Don't get me wrong, that's a tribute to Aledo's defense," Ivory said. "As their legs got a little bit weary, they couldn't close out on him like they did in the first half. He was able to get some good looks at the basket."

The two teams traded baskets throughout the first half before Trimble Tech's Julius Harris hit a pair of free throws to go up 23-21 at the break.

Aledo's zone defense shut down Tech's shooters in the third, but Trimble Tech's Damarian Gipson hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to light a spark in the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs forward Jal Deng added a dunk under the basket to start a 13-3 run in the fourth to go up 48-30. The Bearcats never recovered.

Charles Hill finished with 14 points for the Bulldogs, including two high-flying dunks in the third quarter. Gipson chipped in 12 points.

Aledo's Matt Bishop led the Bearcats with 14 points.

Trimble Tech takes on the winner of Mansfield Summit and Kileen in the area playoffs.