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Hightower junior Sam Bryce Griggs goes up for a lay up against Foster.

Boys bi-district game previews

Travis-Seven Lakes

Travis will open the playoffs against a Seven Lakes team that went 13-6 but is limping into the playoffs after losing four out of its last five games. The Spartans won its first seven District 19-6A games before finishing 8-4 in district play.

Against Taylor last Friday, Seven Lakes struggled with its shooting, going 27% from the field and 26% from the three-point line in a 69-39 loss on the road to end the regular season.

However, Travis is on a seven-game winning streak that led to an 11-1 district record, tied with Elkins for the District 20-6A title.

The Tigers, who are 16-4 overall, rely on a potent combination of senior guards Mekhi McIntyre and Cam Oliver, who both have a nice shooting touch.

The Travis-Seven Lakes for Saturday at Hopson Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. 

Elkins-Mayde Creek

Meanwhile, Elkins, ranked No. 7 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ 6A poll, opens the playoffs against Mayde Creek, who went 12-8 this season.

The Rams are led by senior guards Jermon Washington and Josh Vanegas, who combine to average 31.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

The Knights, who went 15-1 overall and 10-1 in 20-6A play, are led by sophomore guard Chris Johnson, who averages 15.8 points. Senior guard Josh Fanuiel averages 14.1 points.

The Elkins-Mayde Creek game is set for Saturday at Hopson Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. 

Ridge Point-Tompkins

Ridge Point, who has the lone win over Elkins this season, faces Katy Tompkins in the bi-district round. The Panthers went 11-5 overall and 8-4 in 20-6A.

Leading the Panther attack are senior guards Caleb Hill and Reggie Prudhomme, who combine to average 22.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Luis Rodriguez also adds 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Tompkins went 14-9 in the regular season and 8-4 in District 19-6A. The Falcons have won their last seven games to finish in a tie for second place.

Saturday's Ridge Point-Tompkins game is set for a 4 p.m. tip-off at the merrell Center. 

Bush-Katy Taylor

Bush, who got past George Ranch in back-to-back games to clinch the final playoff spot in 20-6A, will face District 19-6A champion, Katy Taylor.

The Broncos got strong minutes from its tall front court consisting of senior forward Brandon Love and sophomore Tyler Smith down the stretch of the season. The duo scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, in Friday’s win over the Longhorns.

Taylor finished the season 15-5 overall and 9-3 in district play. The Mustangs shot 49% from the field and had 14 steals and 41 rebounds in their win over Seven Lakes on Friday.

The Bush-Katy Taylor game is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center. 

Hightower-Waltrip

The District 24-5A champion Hurricanes will host the fourth seed from District 23-5A over the weekend, Houston Waltrip.

The Rams (11-9, 8-7) return to the playoffs after missing out last season with a 5-8 record in the district.

The Hurricanes seek their fourth-straight bi-district championship after missing the playoffs in 6A in 2017.

Junior Bryce Griggs leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points per game.

Saturday's Hightower-Waltrip game is set for a 11:30 a.m. tip at Hopson Fieldhouse. 

Foster-Sharpstown

The Falcons will play against Houston Sharpstown in the bi-district round.

Foster (17-5, 13-2) will seek their first playoff victory since 2018.

The Falcons have plenty of firepower to reach that mark with three players in double figures: junior Chancellor White (19.5 points per game), senior Reuben “Deuce” Fatheree II (17.4) and junior Sam Akinrelere (11.4).

The Apollos (12-12, 10-4) have won seven of their last eight games and the one loss was against District 23-5A champion Northside.

The bi-district game’s date, time and location have not been announced.

The Foster-Sharpstown game is set for a 1 p.m. tip at Hopson Fieldhouse on Saturday. 

Marshall-Northside

The Buffalo will play against Houston Northside after Marshall beat Terry for the final playoff spot from District 24-5A.

Marshall (10-9, 9-6) will face a Northside team that was undefeated in district play.

The Panthers (14-1, 14-0) haven’t lost since early December.

Seniors Ronald Holmes (25.7 points per game), junior Johnny Salazar (18.3) and junior Khamani Haynes (15.7) lead the way for Northside.

The bi-district game’s date, time and location have not been announced.

The Marshall-Northside contest is set for the HISD Pavilion at 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Stafford-Calhoun

The Spartans enter the playoffs on a high. Stafford beat La Marque 34-32 to end the regular season and split the District 25-4A title.

Stafford (16-4, 11-1) will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed out of District 25-4A and play Port Lavaca Calhoun.

The bi-district game’s date, time and location have not been announced.

The Sandcrabs were the No. 4 seed out of District 26-4A behind No. 16 Corpus Christi Miller (18-3, 12-0), West Oso (12-8, 8-3) and Sinton (9-10, 7-4).

East Bernard-Tarkington

The Brahmas are playoff game location, and time has not been set, but East Bernard will play against Tarkington in the bi-district playoffs.

Tarkington makes the playoffs for the second year in a row under head coach Jack Sizemore.

The Longhorns (12-6, 8-4) were the No. 3 seed out of District 23-3A behind No. 7 New Waverly (23-1, 12-0) and Coldspring-Okahurts (16-3, 9-3).

Tarkington beat Anderson-Shiro 39-34 in its final regular-season game to secure the No. 3.

Seniors Trace Deck and Blake Ellington are each averaging double-digits scoring for the Longhorns to begin the season.

The Brahmas (16-5, 12-2) have made the playoffs eight-straight season, but East Bernard is seeking its first playoff victory since 2017.

The East Bernard-Tarkington game is planned for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School. 

Follow Fort Bend Herald sports editor Ryan Dunsmore on Twitter at @duns_more for game updates. Follow the Herald sports department on Twitter at @fbheraldsports, Facebook and Instagram at Fort Bend Herald Sports. 

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