By Dale Gibson

Herald-Banner Sports

Four players scored in double figures for the Royse City Bulldogs as they wrapped up District 10-3A basketball play with a 69-64 win over Commerce. The win gives Royse City a 9-1 district record and the Bulldogs have a first-round playoff bye. In the Area round, Royse City will play the Carrollton Ranchview/West winner.

Dustin Peterson led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 17 points followed by J. T Thompson with 12, and Chris Smith and Wynn Posey with 10 each.

Justin Jacobs dished out seven assists while Justin Crutchfield pulled down seven rebounds. Thompson had four steals while Smith had four steals and two blocked shots. Petersen also had two blocked shots.

Posey was 2-of-2 from behind the arc, while Thompson connected on 6-of-7 free throws.

Royse City head coach Anthony Howerton said he was pleased with the play of the Bulldogs in their final district game. “We were short-handed without Scotty Arterberry (ankle) and Brian Irby (shoulder) so Ryan Fedric saw some playing time up from the JV and did really well,” Howerton said. “It was kind of a wild game but we found a way to win.”

“Justin Jacobs had seven assists and Chris Smith took two key charges to help seal the win for us,” Howerton said.

Royse City led 22-13 at the end of the first quarter and 35-32 at the half.

Derrick Hines of Commerce was the game’s leading scoring with 33 points.

Saturday the Bulldogs played Class 4A Terrell in a warm-up game as part of the Ernie Wilson Playoff Preview held at Royse City High School.

“We wanted to play someone really tough to get us ready for our playoff game,” Howerton said. “Terrell has explosive 3-point shooters and they are very athletic on the boards.”

Terrell connected on 7-of-23 shots behind the 3-point line and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 27-17 en route to a 71-58 win over Royse City.

The Bulldogs got few second chance shots as they were able to grab only one offensive rebound. The Bulldogs also committed 21 turnovers in the loss. “We had way too many turnovers to win that one,” Howerton said, “but we will adjust to that style of play and be ready for the playoffs. I don’t like losing, but I think this will really improve our chances of winning the Area playoff game.”

Crutchfield led Royse City with 21 points followed by Peterson with 13.

Antwain Thomas led the Terrell scorers with 20 points.

Royse City held a 30-23 lead at the half, but Terrell outscored the Bulldogs 21-7 in the third quarter to take a 44-37 lead into the final frame.

Commerce vs. Royse City

Commerce 13 19 13 19 64

Royse City 22 13 19 15 69

COM: Derrick Hines 33, Cameron Nelson 11, Anthony Henry 6, R. J. Harrison 5, Trey Hicks 3, Terrence Walker 2, Buck Henly 2, Tyler Duncan 2.

RC: Dustin Peterson 17, J. T. Thompson 12, Chris Smith 10, Wynn Posey 10, Justin Jacobs 7, Justin Crutchfield 7, Kollin Padon 3, Ryan Fedric 3.

Terrell vs. Royse City

Terrell 12 11 21 27 71

Royse City 11 19 7 21 58

TER: Antwain Thomas 20, J’Lil Herndon 12, Tim Howard 11, Bedarrious Collier 10, Joel Wren 4, JaDerrick McCullar 4, Brian Maxie 3, Justin Jones 3, Derek Kennedy 2, Sirron Fleming 2.

RC: Justin Crutchfield 21, Dustin Peterson 13, Chris Smith 6, Wynn Posey 6, J. T. Thompson 5, Kollin Padon 3, Justin Jacobs 3, Brian Irby 1.

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