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Just how important was Friday night’s outcome? The claps, chants and cheers spilling from Temple’s locker room afterward definitively answered that.

Coming off a disappointing one-point loss to Killeen Shoemaker, the Tem-Cats welcomed District 12-6A frontrunner Harker Heights into Wildcat Gym for what suddenly appeared to be a must-have victory for the hosts to close the first half of league play.

Temple demonstrated the loss earlier in the week was far enough in the rearview mirror from the get-go, using a fast start and defense down the stretch to down the Lady Knights 39-37.

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Lake Belton’s basketball teams swept their way past Taylor in a District 19-4A doubleheader Friday night at Bronco Gym as the girls coasted to a landslide win and the boys followed with a stirring fourth-quarter comeback and eventual victory in overtime.

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Temple wrestling head coach Deryl Clark turned toward assistant John Matthews and said, “Usually, when I say I’m going to do it, I’m pretty good about doing it.”

To which Matthews replied in agreement, “We’re going to get it done.”

The latest result of Clark’s determination for a program that he jump-started and is in just its fourth season is Saturday’s T-Town Takedown, the first tournament hosted by Temple wrestling.

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Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn will always share the painful memory of coaching in the Super Bowl together with Atlanta five years ago when the Falcons couldn’t hold a 25-point lead in the second half of a loss to New England.

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NEW YORK — RJ Barrett scored 32 points, Mitchell Robinson had a season-high 19 and the New York Knicks snapped the Dallas Mavericks’ six-game winning streak with a 108-85 victory Wednesday night.

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Temple head coach Joey Martin lifted his right hand and moved his index finger and thumb about as close as possible without having them touch.

“We are right there. We’re right there. We just haven’t been over the hump,” Martin said.

For the second consecutive District 12-6A outing, the Wildcats had an opponent in their sights late in the proceedings after trailing by double digits but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling Tuesday night to Killeen Shoemaker, 62-54, at Wildcat Gym.

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KILLEEN — Trent West remembers the past, and the memories are not pleasant. During his four years at Belton, the Tigers have been plagued by one program in particular — Killeen Ellison.

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WACO — Texas Tech ended No. 1 Baylor’s nation-best winning streak at 21 games, getting 12 points and a key 3-pointer from Kevin McCullar in a 65-62 win over the Bears on Tuesday night.