Basketball: Denton drops key contest to Brewer

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If Denton fails to make the playoffs, Friday’s District 5-4A loss to Fort Worth Brewer may end up being a big reason why.

The 66-51 loss was a crushing blow for the Broncos (9-13, 6-5 district), who came in tied with Wichita Falls for third place. Brewer (14-12, 6-5) was one game behind Denton but split the season series with three games left and further complicated an already heated race for the final two playoff spots.

After jumping out to a 5-1 start in the district, Denton has won just once in its last five games.

“It depends, but there could be a three-team tie for third place,” Denton coach Harold Jackson said. “They just made more plays than us tonight. Our guys played hard, but we missed too many shots and had some crucial turnovers. We’re just not making the same shots like we did [early in district play]. We’ve got to work harder and figure it all out.”

Brewer played as if it was a playoff game and was solid from start to finish.

The Bears drained eight 3-pointers on the night, but it was their performance in the fourth quarter — a surge that saw them outscore Denton 25-13 — that put the game away.

Momo Hamza led Brewer with 21 points and was one of three players to reach double figures. Alex Bagg scored 12 points and Garrick Reynolds added 10 for the Bears.

Despite their struggles, the Broncos kept the game close through the first three quarters. They went on a 10-4 run to close out the first quarter with a two-point lead, and Key’andre Hearvey opened the second with a basket to extend the Denton lead to four points.

Brewer battled back to reclaim the lead, but by the time the fourth quarter rolled around Denton only trailed by three points thanks to a 3-pointer from Edson Vasquez right before the third-quarter buzzer.

That’s when the Bears took over. Hearvey tied the game at 41 when he hit one of two free throws with 6:50 left, and Brewer was off on an 11-2 run for a nine-point lead. The Bears then closed the game on a 14-8 run.

Adarian Harris scored 19 points for Denton, which closes out the season with road games at Azle and Wichita Falls Rider before playing host to Trophy Club Nelson.

Girls

Denton 45, Fort Worth Brewer 28

April Pena scored 15 points, Mariah Seastrunk poured in another 10, and Denton rolled past Brewer.

The Lady Broncos (10-14, 4-9) struggled through the first eight minutes as the Lady Bears took a slim three-point lead. But Denton ripped off seven straight points to open the second quarter, outscoring Brewer 15-4 in the frame for a 22-14 halftime lead.

Pena scored four points as part of a 6-2 Denton run to open the third quarter. The surge gave the Lady Broncos a 12-point lead — their largest of the game at the time.

“I’m happy to get a win on senior night,” Denton coach Dennis Krishka said. “We kept it a little closer than I would have liked at first, but we executed down the stretch.”

Brewer (3-24, 0-13) cut the deficit to six points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lady Broncos closed the game on an 11-0 run.

Eight players scored for Denton. Alex McIntosh added eight points.

Fort Worth Brewer 66, Denton 51

Denton

17

9

12

13

51

Fort Worth Brewer

15

12

14

25

66

Denton (9-13, 6-5) — Adarian Harris 19, Deamonte Hughes 7, Emerson Espinoza 8, Curtis Stevenson 3, Key’andre Hearvey 5, Zac Muthiani 4, Edson Vasquez 5.

Fort Worth Brewer (14-12, 6-5) — Momo Hamza 21, Yanni Noulas 9, Garrick Reynolds 10, Malcolm Davis 4, Alex Bagg 12, Pedro Castro 1, Hunter Hayes 2, Eric Worlds 7.

Denton 45, Fort Worth Brewer 28

Denton

7

15

8

15

45

Fort Worth Brewer

10

4

7

7

28

Denton (10-14, 4-9) — Jordan Mazziotta 2, Mariah Seastrunk 10, April Pena 15, Alex McIntosh 8, Jada Catlin 2, Taylor Seastrunk 2, Ginger Krahl 2, Taylor Allison 4.

Fort Worth Brewer (3-24, 0-13) — Kaitlyn Dodd 8, Jazmaine Willis 7, Kylee Hessman 2, Bre Davis 6, Megan Morin 4, Jasmin Perez 1.


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