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Boys basketball: Denton surges late to hand No. 7 Argyle first loss

ARGYLE -- Staring at a 10-point advantage to begin the second quarter, No. 7 Argyle knew Denton would not lie down and let the Eagles win their 11th straight game.

Behind a game-high 24 points from freshman CJ Luster and some suffocating defense, Denton handed Argyle its first loss in a 54-51 thriller that came down to the last second Tuesday night.

Down by one with 16 seconds remaining, Argyle pushed the ball down the floor. Its shot attempt missed and fell into the waiting arms of Denton's Trayvon Brockington, who passed it downcourt to a streaking Elijah Anderson for a breakaway layup to give the Broncos a three-point lead with less than a second remaining.

Argyle's desperation attempt fell short when Anderson intercepted the Eagles' inbound pass to end the game.

"It's amazing what we did defensively to create the turnovers we needed to get back into the game," Denton coach Harold Jackson said. "I thought our team didn't get down on ourselves. We kept our head in the game and kept fighting."  

The Broncos utilized a full-court press they didn't begin to perfect until the second quarter, and that's when Luster started hitting shots. Luster scored 10 points in the second and third quarters, including three 3-pointers in that stretch. Brockington and Brandon Coleman followed Luster with six points apiece.

Luke Feely led the Eagles with 15 points, followed by 12 from Brandon White. 

White, a point guard, fell into early foul trouble, committing his third foul early in the second quarter. Subbing him out led to Denton gaining the lead late in the third.

"I knew we needed a spark to get back into this game and win, so it was time for me to step up," Luster said.

Luster did just that, burying his final trey of the game at the 1:57 mark of the third.

"He's really good on and off the ball, and his teammates ran some things to get him the ball," Argyle coach Russell Perkins said. "I thought he shot a few long 2s, and that's what we wanted to do. He's a really nice player now, and he's going to be really good for Denton."

Perkins said his team needed to lose its first game in that way because that teaches the Eagles to finish late and hold a lead. 

Argyle (10-1) will play in the Princeton tournament beginning Thursday. Denton (4-3) hosts No. 5 DeSoto on Friday.

JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.

Denton 54, Argyle 51

Denton 7 17 21 12 -- 54
Argyle 17 7 14 13 -- 51

Denton (4-3) -- Trayvon Brockington 6, Nick Edwards 3, Elijah Thibodeaux 1, Marcellus Lockley 3, CJ Luster 24, Arbin Fera 4, Elijah Anderson 5, Luke Fleitman 2, Brandon Coleman 6.

Argyle (10-1) -- Brandon White 12, Max Valentino 9, Ben Collins 3, Luke Feely 15, Jackson Maupin 3, Koy Randall 4, Blaze McMellian 5.