“We just took too long to wake up,” Southmoore’s Preston Smith said. “It was there. We had to grab it. It was there. We just didn’t wake up in time.”
Bean led the Cats with 21 points. Darius Hodge added 20 while Chelvin Webb chipped in with 13.
Butler paced the Lions with 18 points. Wilson and Diontre Cutliff each scored 11 while Powell posted 8.
The SaberCats play Flower Mound at 5:30 p.m. for third place.
In the championship game at 8:30 p.m., the Lions will have their hands full against Redemption Christian Home School Academy (Texas) and Khadeem Lattin, who has signed to play basketball at the University of Oklahoma next season. But it’s a challenge they are looking forward to accepting.
“I’m going to play him as tough as possible,” Powell said. “If we came out like we did tonight, I think we have a pretty good chance. I am excited to play them. The team is excited to play them to test ourselves.”
Redemption Christian Home School Academy 77, Flower Mound 57: After a slow start, the Pride picked it up in the second half against the Rebels.
“We kind of hit our stride,” RCA coach Ed Chung said. “We are really more of a defensive team. That is where we hang our hat. The second half we started hitting some jumpshots.”
Niji Washington Jr. led the Pride with 24 points. Lattin racked up 16.
Despite foul trouble, Devonte Patterson paced Flower Mound with 15 points. Ethan Chapman chipped in with 13.
“We have been playing so much better,” Lattin said. “This might be our best basketball. Just really playing as a team and just enjoying the game.”
No. 5 Choctaw girls 65, Moore 43: The Lady Lions found themselves trailing 24-8 after eight minutes of action. Choctaw took advantage of multiple first half turnovers and turned them into easy fastbreak points.