Chapin and the Americas men’s basketball teams ready for the regional tournament

For the second year in a row, the Chapin and Americas men’s basketball teams proved to be among the top teams in the state in Class 5A and Class 6A respectively.

On Friday, the two teams will meet in the regional semi-finals. If either team wins on Friday, they will advance to the regional championship game on Saturday with a trip to the UIL State Tournament on the line.

Region 1-5A

Chapin (31-4) will face Mansfield Timbervierw (33-4) in Friday’s second semifinal at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Tipping is at 6 p.m. central time.

The Huskies beat Horizon, Amarillo Tascosa and Amarillo Palo Duro to reach the regional semifinals. Mansfield Timberview beat Mansfield Legacy, Fort Worth Southwest and Grapevine to reach the semis.

The Huskies lost to Mansfield Summit, 64-56, in the regional semifinals last year.

Chapin High School takes on Tascosa High School in a boys basketball game on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Midland Christian High School in Midland, TX.

Chapin’s most experienced payers Antwonne Holmes, KJ Lewis and Manny Flores were part of the Huskies team last year that lost in the regional semifinals.

“We’re a year older now and more experience,” Lewis said. “We have grown a lot during the season and the experience of last year will help us.”

The other regional semi-final features 31-6 Amarillo High against 30-5 Mansfield Summit.

Amarillo is ranked No. 4 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball coaches, Summit is ranked No. 6, Timberview is No. 7, and Chapin is No. 12.

Region 1-6A

The 35-2 Trailblazers are making their second straight trip to the Regional Semifinals and will face 27-7 Arlington Martin at 8 p.m. CST at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth.

The Americas beat San Angelo Central, Byron Nelson and Keller Central in their first three playoff games. Arlington Martin beat Byron Nelson 52-49 earlier in the season and Americas beat Byron Nelson, 55-49. Arlington Martin beat Lake Highlands, Dallas Jesuit and Denton Guyer in this year’s playoffs.

The Trailblazers have allowed less than 40 runs in their three playoff wins and 44 in the other. They will rely on six seniors in Christian Nevarez, Jordan Hernandez, Jose Luis Lugo, Juan Zamarippa, Chris Thomas and Damian Vicente.

In last year’s regional semi-finals, the Americas lost 61-40 to the Dallas Jesuits.

The other regional semi-final features 31-5 McKinney and 30-6 North Crowley. McKinney reached the regional semifinals by defeating No. 1-ranked Richardson in the regional quarterfinals and is ranked No. 13 by the TABC. Arlington Martin is ranked No. 17 and North Crowley is ranked No. 18. The Americas were ranked for much of the season but fell apart towards the end of the season.

Jordan Hernandez (2) of the Americas in a Region 6A Region 1 basketball game against Byron Nelson High Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at Midland Christian High School.

“It’s been a great season for us and we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Nevarez said. “All of the teams remaining in the playoffs are great teams. We’re playing well right now and everyone is stepping up at the right time.”

Nevarez and Hernandez were especially important in the Americas’ run to the regional semifinals. Nevarez scored 44 points in three playoff games and Hernandez scored 51 points.

“Jordan can start on any team in the state,” Americas coach Mike Brooks said. “Christian is stable for us. We have a great group of seniors who have been successful for us, they are leaders.”

Continued: Chapin and Americas men’s basketball teams win quarterfinal regional playoffs

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at 915-546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.