Sunday, March 15, 2009

UIL boys basketball state tournament roundup

Class 5A final
DeSoto 59, Cedar Hill 47: Dominique Bennett scored 21 points as DeSoto won the 5A state championship Saturday night.
DeSoto (33-8) led 40-37 early in the fourth before the Eagles went on a 12-0 run keyed by a three-pointer from Darius Terrell and four points by Bennett to put the game away.
Terrell finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and DeSoto won its second state title in seven seasons. The Eagles won Class 5A in 2003 and lost in the championship game in 2005.
Shawn Glover had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Cedar Hill (35-4).

Class 4A final

Houston Yates 94, Dallas Kimball 78: Just like seven years ago, Kimball's appearance in the state finals ended in tears Saturday. But it was a different feeling as the Knights walked off the court after a 94-78 loss to Houston Yates at the Frank Erwin Center.
In 2002, Kimball got beat by a 50-foot, double-clutch shot that was the definition of lucky. On Saturday, Kimball got beat by a team that could be defined as dominant. Yates has the best press defense I have ever seen....

Class 3A final
Dallas Madison 68, Lubbock Estacado 66 (OT): With his team holding a two-point lead with six seconds to go in a taut overtime period, Dominique Smith calmly sank two free throws for a four-point cushion, sealing the 3A championship for top-ranked Dallas Madison.
There were nine lead changes and seven ties in the game. Madison (33-4) built the biggest lead — seven points — in the third quarter, but Estacado battled back to cut the lead to two going into the fourth period.
Jourdain Irvin's three-point heave for Estacado tied the game at 53 with 18 seconds to play, forcing overtime.
Estacado led 55-54 in overtime, but Smith and Timothy Flentroy sparked a 7-0 run that put Madison ahead 61-55 with 1:42 to play. Smith finished with 19 points and Flentroy added 17.
Clarence Willard topped Estacado (34-3) with 17 points. Jamar Johnson and Kevin Wagner each scored 16 for the Matadors.

Class 2A final
Ponder 51, New Waverly 39: David Robertson scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter to help Ponder win the program's second straight state title and its third overall.
Ponder ended the third quarter with a 30-28 lead, but New Waverly scored the first four points of the fourth period to take its lone lead. After Joel Garza's three-point play put Ponder ahead 33-32, Robertson scored eight straight points, knocking down two three-pointers and two free throws. Before the fourth quarter, Robertson was 0 for 4 from the field.
Ponder (40-1) was led by Garza's 14 points. Isaiah Boxell, selected as the game's MVP, had 13 points and five assists.
Kyren Watts had a team-high 13 points for New Waverly (32-4).

Class A, Division I final
Roscoe 52, Plains 48 (OT): Jared Villanueva scored nine points in the final three minutes of overtime to guide Roscoe to a championship in the Plowboys' first appearance at the state tournament.
Villanueva, a 6-foot senior guard who scored 28 points Thursday in Roscoe's semifinal victory over Tenaha, was held to six points through regulation Saturday. In overtime, he shook loose to hit three of four field-goal attempts and three of six foul shots. Villanueva was named the game's most valuable player.
Caden Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds for Roscoe (28-4). He tied the game at 41 to send it into overtime. Villanueva's twin brother, Jacob, chipped in 14 points and five assists.
Plains (32-2) was led by guard Tim Brock's 22 points.

Class A, Division II final
Elkhart Slocum 45, Nazareth 27: Game MVP Jared Lane nearly outscored Nazareth by himself in Slocum's win. Lane, a senior guard, scored 22 points for the Mustangs.
Up 21-18 in the third quarter, Slocum (29-8) turned a Nazareth turnover into a 13-0 run to put away the game.
Looking to win its sixth state championship, Nazareth (24-13) shot 21.3 percent from the field. The 27 points scored by the Swifts were the lowest in a Class A title game since Beaumont French scored 25 points in 1949.

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