By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Three local high school boys basketball teams will step up to the area round tonight after winning their bi-district games on Tuesday.
Lone Oak, ranked 19th in Class 2A, will face Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill at 6 p.m. in Lindale. Lone Oak, also the District 14-2A champion, claimed its playoff game 58-28 over Palmer in Sunnyvale. Chapel Hill, the 15-2A runner-up, beat Hooks, 64-60.
Bland will face Muenster at 7:30 p.m. in Anna in a Class A Division I area game. Bland won its bi-district playoff, 58-44 over Honey Grove. Muenster earned a first-round bye after winning the District 13-A title.
Fannindel will face Miller Grove at 7:30 p.m. at Commerce High School in a Class A Division II game. Fannindel won its playoff game over Midway, 52-42. Miller Grove, ranked No. 9 in state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, earned a first-round bye after claiming the District 23-A championship.
Lone Oak outscored Palmer 15-8, 15-6 and 19-5 over the last three quarters to pull away after the two teams tied 9-9 in the first period. Clint Mahand led the Buffaloes with 16 points, while Ethan Fite added 12 and Sawyer Zachary chipped in 11.
Bland outscored Honey Grove in every quarter on the way to its playoff win. Thomas Sourber and Chris Brown both fired in 15 points to spark the Tigers, who also picked up 11 from Juan Aviles and 10 from Cameron Turner.
Miller Grove will bring a 23-9 record into its playoff game against the Falcons. Patrick Covington leads the Hornets with a 16.8-point scoring average while Aaron Smith averages 13.4, Logan Miller averages 12.1 and Nathan George averages 10.5.
Class 2A boys area playoff
Lone Oak vs. Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, 6 p.m., Lindale.
Class A Division I boys area playoff
Bland vs. Muenster, 7:30 p.m., Anna.
Class A Division II boys area playoff
Fannindel vs. Miller Grove, 7:30 p.m., Commerce High School.