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Learning makes up a significant part of what teams like to refer to as the process, and it’s not just the players who are absorbing the information. One thing Temple head coach Michael Thomas apparently now knows about Jaylon Hall that he didn’t prior to Friday night is that the sophomore can dunk.

Hall scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, including a crowed-pleasing slam that capped a key 11-2 spurt, and the Wildcats jumped into the District 12-6A win column by beating Killeen 51-45 at Wildcat Gym.

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BELTON — Putting up big numbers is nothing new for Belton’s TJ Johnson. On Friday night, he put up the most important points when his team needed him most.

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BELTON — Carson Hammond was so far deep in the right corner that it created an awkward angle from which to hoist such an important shot. None of that mattered, though, to the Mary Hardin-Baylor junior guard, whose 3-pointer with 56 seconds remaining restored the Crusaders’ two-point lead on their way to a 74-71 victory over Louisiana College on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center.

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SAN ANTONIO — Christian Wood had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-105 on Thursday night in their first game since trading away franchise cornerstone James Harden.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Khayla Pointer scored seven points in overtime as LSU spoiled seventh-ranked Texas A&M’s bid for the best start in program history, beating the Aggies 65-61 on Thursday night.

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Sierra Brooks made her first field goal with 5 minutes left in the third quarter — and it wasn’t her last.

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The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact-tracing issues Monday, and the Miami Heat were preparing to be without eight players — including All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo — for several days because of possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Monday’s game in Dallas between the Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed by the league, as well as tonight’s matchup in Chicago between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. 

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CLEVELAND — Nervously sitting in front of a TV while secluded in his basement at home, Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski watched the Browns’ shocking playoff win — the franchise’s first in 26 years — like one of the team’s many long-suffering, faithful fans.