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Guyer point guard De'vion Harmon (11) drives Friday against Richardson Pearce  at Coppell High School. Guyer won 75-57.

COPPELL — Guyer junior JaKobe Coles quickly showed he was up for the challenge when it came to defending Richardson Pearce senior Drew Timme in the paint Friday night in the Class 6A area round of the playoffs.

Coles held Timme scoreless until the final seconds of the first quarter and put together an impressive defensive performance that helped give the Wildcats momentum early in the game.

But when Coles got into foul trouble in the second quarter, Guyer needed an explosive second half to outlast Timme as he started to catch fire.

Timme finished with a game-high 26 points, 17 of which came in the final two quarters, but Michigan signee Jalen Wilson scored 22 and Oklahoma signee De’Vion Harmon had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth to help the Wildcats pull away for a 75-57 win.

No. 2 Guyer advances to take on Mansfield Lake Ridge in the regional quarterfinals with the time, date and place to be determined.

“I’m so proud of their mindset, their defensive effort and how they were locked in from start to finish,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “With a monster like Drew Timme, every defensive possession is tough. I’m just proud of how hard we played and how we battled.”

Wilson was unstoppable in the first half for the Wildcats, scoring 16 points while connecting on all but one of his shots to help Guyer build a 38-29 lead at the break.

But when Coles picked up his third foul on the opening possession of the third and had to switch off Timme on defense, the Gonzaga signee helped the Mustangs stay in the game.

Timme had 13 points in the third, but the Guyer defense shut down the rest of the Pearce lineup. Timme was the only Mustangs player to score in the third, and the rest of the team combined for 11 points in the second half.

Coles picked up his fourth foul with 5:30 to go in the third, opening the door for Amaechi Chukwu to make an impact off the bench for the Wildcats. Chukwu had two points and came away with a handful of key defensive plays and offensive rebounds that helped the Wildcats seal the victory.

Pearce never trimmed the deficit to fewer than 10 points in the fourth quarter, and Guyer went on a 13-3 run to close the game. In addition to Wilson and Harmon’s big offensive performances, Coles finished with 12 points, and senior Ty McGhie had 16 for the Wildcats.

“Last year, on this same court, we were down five or six points with about 30 seconds left against South Grand Prairie, and we fought back,” Wilson said. “We never took this lead for granted. It only takes a couple of possessions to change things, so we stuck with our game until the buzzer rang.”

Guyer (30-4) now advances to the third round of the playoffs for the second time in school history. The Wildcats will take on Mansfield Lake Ridge early next week with a chance to secure a spot in the Class 6A Region I tournament for the second consecutive season.

Lake Ridge beat Coppell 72-60 Friday night to move on to third round.

“We’re coming to get it,” Coles said. “We had a bad, bad loss last year in the regional final, and it hurt us a lot. We’re coming for vengeance. That’s all we’re coming for.”

Guyer 75, Richardson Pearce 57

Guyer 21 17 16 21 -- 75

Richardson Pearce 18 11 13 15 -- 57

Guyer (30-4) – Jalen Wilson 22, De’Vion Harmon 20, Cadon Hill 3, Amaechi Chukwu 2, Ty McGhie 16, JaKobe Coles 12.

Richardson Pearce – Drew Timme 26, Chozen Amadi 6, Walker Timme 4, Mason Alford 10, Sterling Hopkins 4, Braeson Barrs-Richardson 7.

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane.

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