Shadow Creek gets district win over Alief Taylor

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Sophomore guard Mike Collins (1) scores on a short jumper over an Alief Taylor defender.

Collins scored 13 points with 11 points coming in the fourth quarter to lead the Sharks over the Lions 54-39 in a district showdown.

Both teams will advance to the post-season.

(Photo by Michael McManus)

In a game that would decide the playoff seeding for Shadow Creek (22-10, 10-3), the critical 54-39 win over the Alief Taylor Lions guaranteed the Sharks at least the No. 3 seed in the basketball playoffs. But the Sharks have an opportunity to move up to the No.2 seed with a win in their final district game against Strake Jesuit.

Regardless, Shadow Creek, Strake Jesuit, and Taylor have all punched their ticket to the post-season behind league champion Dawson (13-1).

Both teams opened the game cold on offense as they both finished the opening quarter tied 7-7.

Shadow Creek began to find their shooting range in the second period as six players hit a basket for 13 points while the Lions registered for seven more points leaving the Sharks with a 20-14 halftime advantage.

Taylor came out hot in the second half scoring 17 points that included three treys while holding the Sharks to 10 points giving the Lions a 31-30 lead entering the final frame.

The fourth quarter saw the Sharks explode for 24 points while holding the Lions to only eight points to post the 54-37 final score.

Shadow Creek sophomore guard Mike Collins led the charge with 11 points as he hit two jumpers and was 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Collins finished the game with 13 points while Julian Cullier tossed in nine points and Chase Cain added seven points.

The Sharks were 20-of-27 from the charity stripe with 16 of those coming in the second half.