ARGYLE — Coming off a weekend when the Argyle boys lost two of their three games in the Arlington tournament, head coach John King decided his team could use a bit of good luck against the Brock Eagles on Tuesday night.
For the first time this season, King wore his black tie with large basketballs going through hoops — a Christmas gift from his father. King last wore it when his team won the Class 3A state championship in the spring.
When the final buzzer sounded Tuesday and the teams shook hands, it seemed the tie may not have been necessary.
Argyle defeated Brock 56-29, pushing Argyle over the .500 mark. Brock entered the game with a seven-game win streak and was ranked No. 3 in Class 2A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
“Our kids know we beat a very good team soundly tonight,” King said, his tie tucked neatly into the front pocket of his shirt. “It was our night and it wasn’t their night, and we realized that. There’s a chance we could play them again [in a tournament]. I think our kids realize how good they are, so if we do see them again, we’ll be ready.”
Argyle is No. 6 in Class 3A.
Argyle (5-4) was led by Zach Dickerson’s 12 points, while Spencer McCloud had nine points.
Brock’s Tre Ewell had a team-high nine points.
McCloud had the game’s most electric play and put Argyle ahead for good. Early in the first quarter, McCloud drove along the baseline and dunked the ball to put Argyle ahead 5-4, igniting the crowd and Argyle’s offense.
McCloud, Dickerson and the rest of the Argyle starting five were on the bench for all of the fourth quarter.
Brock also sat most of its starters during the final eight minutes. Argyle built a commanding 18-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
Dickerson said it felt good to get a quality win against a team that went to a state final last year, especially coming off last weekend’s losses.
“We played against a lot of pressure in those games,” Dickerson said. “So when we got out into this game, it was light pressure and it was a slower game and it was our type of basketball.”
Argyle separated itself from Brock in the second quarter, going on a 9-0 run to close the first half. Brock missed 10 of its 11 shots in the quarter.
King knew he needed to slow down Ewell in order to pull off the victory. King used a combination of Dickerson and Colton Wilkes to impede the Brock guard throughout the night.
“He’s a very a nice player, and we made some defensive adjustments to try and hold him down,” King said. “Our kids did a good job of limiting his looks.”
With the help of its backcourt, Argyle knocked down key baskets during the run, allowing the home team to cruise to the victory and purge the taste of the weekend’s losses.
“Our defense has been good all year long, but our offense has been up and down, a little bit of a roller coaster,” King said. “But tonight I thought our shots were on and our defense was on. I thought that was a big difference in tonight’s game compared to some of our past games.”
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Argyle 56, Brock 29
Brock — Lane Southern 8, Tre Ewell 9, Lance Ewell 4, Harris Jowell 2, Dylan Carrigan 3, Bailey Cockburn 3.
Argyle — Michael Morris 9, Zach Dickerson 12, Spencer McCloud 9, Shayne Priddy 9, Jonathan Davis 5, Chase Kammerer 4, Jonathan Davis 5, Carson Cline 3.