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Arlington Heights limits star to one point

Updated: February 6, 2010, 2:30 AM ET
By Mercedes Mayer/Special contributor | ESPNDallas.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- In winning its 28th game this season, Fort Worth Arlington Heights figured out the best, most effective way possible to slow Fort Worth Eastern Hills: play the game with guard Daylon Guy on the bench.

Arlington Heights kept a stronghold on the District 7-4A standings by holding Guy to just one point Friday night at Billingsley Field House, beating Eastern Hills, 54-35.

Guy, who signed a letter of intent to play at Arkansas-Little Rock, picked up his third personal foul with a minute-and-a-half left in the first quarter Friday night, and he finished the game with two rebounds, an assist and a steal to go with the point he scored in the third quarter.

After Heights (28-1, 14-1 in District 7-4A) focused on stopping Guy the last few days in practice, their job became much easier because. Even when Guy returned from the bench, his aggressiveness was diminished.

"It takes more than one person to shut him down," Arlington Heights coach Gary Collier said. "He got a couple of quick fouls on him, which was to our advantage.

"He's the man," Collier continued. "He's a great player -- he's probably the best player in the our district."

Guy, averaging 24.5 points per game going into Friday's contest, may well be on his way to being named the best player in District 7-4A, especially if his track record indicates anything. As a sophomore, he was named the district's newcomer of the year after transferring from Arlington Sam Houston, and last season, Guy was the district's offensive player of the year.

Guy's strengths are shooting and handling the ball, although he said he'd like to get better at "working without the ball and working through double teams."

"At Sam Houston, I was a small guard, I was really little," he said. "All I could do was shoot the ball, so I worked on driving to the hoop and creating my own shot."

Guy also has expanded his game this season to include dunking because he grew four inches during the summer.

He became a gym rat and earned himself a college scholarship, which he said is a dream come true.

Meanwhile, Eastern Hills (20-7, 11-4) is still in the playoff hunt, sitting in third place in District 7-4A behind Arlington Heights and Trimble Tech (20-6, 12-3) with three games to go in the regular season.

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