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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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BELTON — With the outcome very much up for grabs down the stretch Tuesday night, Temple head coach Joey Martin implored the Wildcats to simply do what they do in practice.

Accordingly, with a vulnerable one-point lead on the road against Belton and 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Temple executed an inbounds play that it has regularly worked on when no one else is around.

KILLEEN — Moments after Belton cruised to a 29-point victory over Killeen to open the District 12-6A schedule Tuesday afternoon, Tigers head coach Jason Fossett emerged from the locker room and sized up what’s ahead for his team.

BELTON — With their two main post players in foul trouble, struggles at the free throw line and trailing a team that had already won its first two District 12-6A basketball games, the Belton Lady Tigers had a lot going against them as the minutes ticked away at Tiger Gym on Friday night.

BELTON — Harker Heights outscored Belton by 20 after the first quarter Tuesday night and notched a 52-33 victory in District 12-6A action at Tiger Gym.

The University Interscholastic League on Wednesday released classification cutoffs and preliminary enrollment numbers for the upcoming 2022-24 realignment, settling some long-speculated theories about the future of local athletic programs for the next two seasons.

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BELTON — Back in their home gym after a weekend of tournament play, the Belton girls and boys hosted a doubleheader Tuesday night inside bustling Tiger Gym. Neither game lacked intrigue or nail-biting action, and both went down to the wire.

The Lady Tigers were first up and were upended by a deep, game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 38-36 setback against Marble Falls before the Tigers used TJ Johnson’s late free throws to hold off Pflugerville 57-55.

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BELTON — Tuesday’s game inside Tiger Gym started ahead of schedule. Belton’s offense didn’t get the memo and arrived a tad late to the foray. The Tigers’ defense, on the other hand, was there from the jump.

Belton’s press held down the fort, and Georgetown East View for that matter, as the points eventually poured in, and the Tigers made it four straight wins with a 66-43 non-district nod over the Patriots.

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DUNCANVILLE — Playing in its first playoff game since 2018, Belton knew it would take everything it had to stay with Class 6A powerhouse Duncanville on Friday night at Panther Stadium.

The Joey Martin era begins at Temple, TJ Johnson is back for Year 4 at Belton and Lake Belton gears up for its second campaign, all this weekend as the boys basketball season gets underway.

BELTON — It was clear in August, well before autumn rolled around, that Belton had its sights set on this week. Each senior, one after the next, nearly three months ago preached of making the playoffs as a team goal.