The Dallas Morning News



Can Guyer win state? Denton Guyer is ranked No. 16 in the nation by USA Today, and with good reason. The state’s top-ranked Class 6A team is 34-1 and boasts a lineup that includes Georgetown signee Grayson Carter and four-star recruits De’Vion Harmon (committed to Oklahoma) and Jalen Wilson (offers from national powers Purdue, Texas Tech, Kansas, OU, Texas A&M and others).

But the playoffs have been a frustratin­g experience for Guyer. The Wildcats lost in the second round four straight years from 2013 to 2016, then got knocked out in the first round last season, falling 92-91 in overtime to Euless Trinity.

Guyer leads area teams in scoring, averaging 80.7 points per game, and its only loss was 68-66 to 5A state No. 1 Waxahachie on Dec. 29. Wilson averages 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, Harmon averages 15.8 points and 5.3 assists, Carter averages 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and JaKobe Coles averages 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Guyer has outscored its opponents by an average of 19.3 points per game, but it has had 12 games decided by eight points or fewer. While going 14-0 in District 6-6A, Guyer trailed entering the fourth quarter in a 62-56 win over fourth-place McKinney on Jan. 23 and in a 59-55 victory over

fifth-place Plano on Feb. 9. D-FW sweep? In 2016, Dallasarea teams won state titles in the UIL’s top three classifica­tions, with DeSoto winning 6A, Lancaster 5A and Lincoln 4A. Could local teams do even better this year and sweep the top four classifica­tions?

Guyer is ranked No. 1 in the state in 6A, Waxahachie is No. 1 in 5A, and in 4A Lincoln is No. 4 and Carter No. 5. Madison is ranked No. 25 in the state in 3A, but it is the defending 3A state champion and has played in the state tournament six of the last nine years.

Brawl fallout: It was disclosed at the UIL State Executive Committee meeting Tuesday that two players each from DeSoto and Duncanvill­e had been suspended for the remainder of the season and that additional players from each team had been discipline­d after a postgame brawl between the teams Feb. 6. None of those players were named.

District 7-6A champion Duncanvill­e (27-6) is ranked No. 7 in the state in 6A, and 7-6A No. 2 seed DeSoto (24-8) is ranked sixth. If either lost key players, its chances of making a deep playoff run would be hurt.

DeSoto could face nationally ranked Denton Guyer (34-1) in the second round of the playoffs. Duncanvill­e could have a second-round matchup against Allen (28-5), ranked No. 10 in the state.

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