Dobie sophomore Daryl Edwards penetrates the Bush defense in the second half.
PEARLAND - The Dobie Longhorns got a clear look at their future on Friday night even as their district championship season slipped into the past.
The District 22-5A boys champs fell victim to the size, depth and court savvy of state-ranked Bush, an 86-67 winner in an area round state playoff game at Pearland High School.
Cameron Ridley, the Broncos' 6-foot-11 center and a University of Texas signee, humbled the Longhorns with a dominating performance that included 25 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Still, the Longhorns played even with Bush for extended stretches, and drew strong performances from the only two non-seniors on their roster - sophomores Christian Sanders and Daryl Edwards.
Sanders, coming off a 29-point performance in Dobie's bi-district victory over La Porte, raked Bush for 24. Edwards came off the bench to score 11, including nine in the first half.
Bush led from start to finish, opening up an 8-0 lead and stretching it to 49-37 at the half. Still, Dobie did a good job of finding shots in the open court and maintained a sharp touch through the middle two periods.
The Longhorns closed the Broncos' lead to nine points to start the fourth quarter. But back-to-back dunks by Ridley and Kelly Oubre, a 6-6 sophomore guard, streched the Bush advantage to 13 and sent Dobie into a final tailspin. Bush pushed its lead to as much as 22 in the closing minutes.
Senior Darnell McCall chipped in 10 points for the Longhorns in his final game.
Ridley and junior guard ShawnDre Jones both scored 13 points in the first half. Jones finished with 21.
The Longhorns finished the season with a 22-14 record.
Cameron Ridley (left), the Broncos' 6-11 center, drives home a dunk at the start of the fourth quarter; (right) Dobie's Taylor Holland nails a key 3-pointer in the second half.
Dobie senior Darnell McCall pulls up for a two-point jumper during the opening quarter.
Dobie defenders Taylor Holland (12) and Christian Sanders (15) try to block out Cameron Ridley, Fort Bend Bush's 6-foot-11 center.
Sanders drives inside for two points during first-quarter action.
Dobie Coach Kevin Cross encourages his players to pick up the pace during a second-half timeout.
Jaimie Starling, a student at Frazier Elementary, hold up a poster in support of her big brother, Dobie senior Chris Mendoza.