Mansfield Timberview got out to a big second half to beat CC Veterans Memorial 68-48 on Thursday to advance to the 5A state title game. bgosset@star-telegram.com
Mansfield Timberview got out to a big second half to beat CC Veterans Memorial 68-48 on Thursday to advance to the 5A state title game. bgosset@star-telegram.com

Boys Basketball

Mansfield Timberview boys roll into Class 5A title game with 20-point victory

By Eric Zarate

ezarate@star-telegram.com

March 09, 2017 08:44 PM

UPDATED March 09, 2017 11:03 PM

SAN ANTONIO

The Mansfield Timberview boys on Thursday matched what the girls basketball team did a week ago by winning a UIL state semifinal game. Now it’s up to these Wolves to bring a title home.

Timberview beat Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial 68-48 in a Class 5A semifinal at the Alamodome.

The Wolves (31-7) meet Missouri City Fort Bend Marshall, an 82-59 winner over Justin Northwest, in the final at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last week the Timberview girls fell in the final to Canyon 47-45.

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“The girls, we saw what happened and we know the situation they went through,” said junior guard Chris Mullins, who led the Wolves with 21 points. “We try to focus on one game at a time. So we took care of this one, then we move on and try to take care of the next one.”

Timberview also got 20 points and five assists from forward Tim Johnson, while teammate Isaac Likekele recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Veterans Memorial (31-7) was led by 13 points and 13 rebounds from junior post Will Chayer.

The Eagles used their zone defense to keep the game close through halftime, trailing just 22-18.

“I think we were facing a little bit of nerves when we first came out, all the lights and stuff,” Johnson said.

Timberview started the second half with a 15-3 run that proved to be the difference. Likekele contributed six of those points, and Johnson had five.

“We were getting good ball movement and started attacking the gaps,” Timberview coach Duane Gregory said. “That’s what you do versus zones: once you penetrate, look opposite because something’s going to be open on the backside. They started doing that very effectively.”