GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — For a team with hopes of a mythical national championship, Simeon's 67-57 loss to DeSoto on Thursday night in a game televised on ESPN felt like a Texas-sized blemish.
Playing in front of his future coach, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, DeSoto guard Matt Jones scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half to ruin the Wolverines' first road trip of the season.
"Very sloppy, a lot of selfishness," said Simeon guard Jaylon Tate, who led the Wolverines (1-1) with 12 points. "We didn't come out and play hard. We underestimated them.
"(Jones) was finishing. We didn't play a lot of help defense. That was selfish on the defensive side."
Much of the hype before the game centered on Simeon senior Jabari Parker, who announced he will make his college decision next week, and had Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo among the many college coaches in attendance. In his second game since recovering from a fractured right foot, he was largely ineffective, scoring five points and being called for five traveling violations.
Simeon is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN, while DeSoto is ranked No. 18.
"We've got a long ways to go," Parker said. "I just came off an injury, and it's going to be a long time. Physically, I'm almost there, but my body's not doing things I want it to."
Simeon trailed 27-24 at halftime, and junior Devin Wyatt scored five straight points for DeSoto (14-1) to spark a 10-1 run to start the second half.
Simeon's Kendall Pollard broke the spell with a fastbreak dunk that livened the crowd with 3 minutes, 4 seconds to play in the third quarter, but the Wolverines didn't score a field goal the rest of the quarter and trailed 43-29 heading into the fourth.
Simeon picked up its defense to cut the gap to seven points early in the fourth, but DeSoto's Terry Maston responded with six straight points inside. The Wolverines didn't recover.
Player of the game: Matt Jones, DeSoto, 23 points, 5 rebounds.
Key performers: DeSoto — Terry Maston, 15 points, 11 rebounds. Simeon — Jaylon Tate, 12 points, 4 assists; Kendrick Nunn, 11 points, 3 rebounds.Copyright © 2015, CT Now