Late escape as boys’ basketball beats McKinney North 45-39

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor

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  • Over the outstretched hands of a McKinney North defender, senior Dylan Shusterman takes a 3-point shot during the Redhawks 45-39 win on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Plano Senior High School.

    Dylan Shusterman

  • Driving to the basket, junior Zion Richardson lays the ball up during the Redhawks first round playoff game against McKinney North at Plano Senior High School. Richardson would finish 9 points on the night as the Redhawks won 45-42 on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

  • Resting his hands on his knees, senior Zac Watson takes a quick break during Tuesday's opening round playoff game against McKinney North on Feb. 20, 2018 at Plano Senior High School. Watson would foul out of the game and his finish with 4 points as the Redhawks advance to the second round with a 45-39 win.

  • Dribbling the ball up the court, junior Zion Richardson looks to initiate the offense during the Redhawks 45-39 opening round playoff win against McKinney North at Plano Senior High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

  • Utilizing his 6'6" height, senior Zac Watson makes a pass inside. The Redhawks trailed at the end of the 3rd quarter but used a 20-11 4th quarter to escape with a 45-39 opening round win against McKinney North on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Plano Senior High School.

  • Senior Zion Richardson committed to Wofford College on Friday.

  • Getting ready to shoot a free throw, junior Peyton Harwell scored 8 points, including a late 3-pointer, in the Redhawks 45-39 opening round playoff win over McKinney North at Plano Senior High School.

  • Senior Jadyn Bennett looks to make a move during the Redhawks 45-39 opening round win against McKinney North on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Plano Senior High School.

The boys’ basketball team secured its spot in the second round after a win 45-39 win against McKinney North Tuesday.

“We knew going into the game the McKinney North would be well-coached and fully prepared for anything that we would do,” boys’ head basketball coach Stephen Friar said via email. “They play a style that is very patient and really challenges us. I’m proud of our guys because at several points they could have checked out but they battled and came out with the win.”

Averaging 18 points per game, junior Zion Richardson only scored nine points Tuesday but getting the win was more important.

“It was tough. We had to pretty much work for everything we got, nothing came easy,” Richardson said. “I feel like I did a good job leading. I could have played better but it’s all about the team. I don’t really care about my aspect. I’m just glad we won.”