The Carlisle Bison are heading back to the regional tournament for the first time in three years after knocking off Palestine-Wheatley 86-60 in the quarterfinals of the 2A-6 district tournament at Hughes on Monday.
The Bison are now 13-7 and will play conference runner-up Clarendon in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
"I thought our guys played well," Carlisle coach William Rountree said. "We’ve won 7 out of our last 9 games and we put up 86 points. That’s quite a few."
Rountree gave the Patriots credit for playing well after knocking off Des Arc on Saturday.
"They certainly brought their best to us," he said.
The Bison led 59-56 at one point in the second half and closed the game on a 27-4 run.
Deron Ricks led the Bison with 18 points. Dathan Hill and Austin Reed added 15 points each. Braden Reed had 12. Justice Bryant scored 10. Chris Hart had nine. Chris Clayvon Edwards scored eight while Korbin Burton added a basket.
"We had good balanced scoring," Rountree said. "We had a great game inside by Deron Ricks. He had his season high of 18 points. Our guys did a good job of getting him the ball inside."
Rountree said his team is one of 32 teams playing in regional tournaments next week.
"You kinda keep hope alive, thinking you can really go a long way in the postseason," he said.
Carlisle, the top seed in the district tournament, opened 2A-6 tournament play at Hughes on Wednesday against Hazen.
If the Lady Bison won that game, they will play in the finals at Hughes on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Junior Lady Bison, also the top seed, played Palestine-Wheatley on Wednesday. If they won, they will play in the finals on Saturday at 3 p.m.