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The first boys basketball season in the new-look District 18-5A came to a close Friday, with Rudder and Waco University losing in the Class 5A Region III semifinals in Houston.

In total, the district accounted for two teams in the regional semifinals and one team in the regional quarterfinals.  

It was the first loss for for No. 1 University since Dec. 29 against Pearland. The Trojans went 14-0 in district to capture the 18-5A title.

Rudder didn’t enter the postseason quite as hot, losing three of their last four regular-season games. But the Rangers crushed Whitehouse 76-42 in the bi-district round, survived a double-overtime game against Brenham in the area round and beat A&M Consolidated 60-49 in the regional quarterfinal before its season-ending loss to Manvel on Friday. 

Rudder’s trip to the regional semifinals marked the longest postseason run in the program’s nine-year history. Its previous high was the area round.

Consol was the district’s second-place team and beat Corsicana and Georgetown before losing to Rudder on Tuesday night.

College Station, which made it to the regional quarterfinals last season, came in fourth and was knocked out in the bi-district round by Nacogdoches. Bryan finished just two games behind College Station for the district’s final playoff spot, and with junior Zach Nutall returning to the Vikings, they should again be in contention for a playoff bid next year.

Temple and Waco combined to go 3-19 in district, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.

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