Texas High School March Madness

In A Meeting Of Nationally Ranked Teams, Marcus Defeats Lakeview Centennial By A Basket

Behind 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals from junior Marcus Smart, Marcus wins the Class 5A championship.

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Fourth Ranked Marcus Holds Off 12th Ranked Lakeview Centennial To Win 5A Title

Marcus (37-2) survived a furious comeback from Lakeview Centennial (38-1) to win the Texas Class 5A  championship in a battle of nationally ranked squads 40-38 Saturday evening in Austin.

Marcus sprinted to a 29-9 halftime lead, spurred by a whopping 19-2 blowout in the second quarter including 11 from 2012 top 30 recruit Marcus Smart.

But Centennial was far from ready to lie down, turning the tables on their opponent in the third quarter, outscoring Marcus 22-2 to tie the game at 31.

Centennial, behind a 22-0 run, built a five-point lead at one point, but Smart, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, showed why he is considered one of the best players in Texas. Finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals, Smart did a bit of everything in leading Marcus to the win.

Nick Banyard missed two free throws with 19 seconds left giving Centennial one final shot. However, forward Chris Jones, a North Texas Recruit, missed a jumper to tie with three seconds left giving Marcus the win.

Jones led all Centennial players with 17 points in the losing effort.

With the win, Marcus is an early favorite for the 2012 national title as it returns four starters from this year's squad.

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Paducah Defeats Bronte 45-30 To Claim Texas Class 1A Division 2 Crown

Paducah (29-6) held Bronte (33-4) to a mere 30 points to win the Division 2, Class 1A state championship Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

After scoring 80 in the semifinal round, Bronte could not muster double digit points in any quarter.

Paducah exploded for a 19 points in the third to put the game out of reach.

Bronte's fate was sealed behind the arc as Paducah hit 10 of 22 from long range.

Bronte managed just 4-26 from three point range.

Forward Andrew Hastings paced Paducah racking up 19 points, including six of 13 from deep.

Guard Lonnie Hurd contributed a double-double for Paducah with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Bronte guard Dakota Rawls contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. He was the only Bronte player to score in double-digits.

Dakota and his brother Kerwin Rawls, sons of coach Rocky Rawls combined for six of 31 from the floor in the losing effort.

Paducah's title is a family affair as two of head coach Jay Cantrell's adopted son's play on the team. The victory marks the school's first state title in over two decades.

Bronte was looking for its first ever state title entering the game as the top-ranked team in its class.

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Kimball of Dallas Handles La Marque 78-64 to Capture Texas Class 4A State Championship

Kimball of Dallas (38-3) defeated La Marque of Galveston (33-5) in a battle of Class 4A powers early Saturday evening at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kimball raced to a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game and never relinquished the lead.

Julien Lewis, a 6-foot-4 senior guard committed to Texas, and La Marque's marquee player poured in 26 points and six boards, but struggled from long distance going only 2/12.

Tournament MVP Shannon Lilly went 5-6 from downtown to lead Kimball with 23 points.

Jalen Jones hit 13 of 14 at the free-throw line en route to 19 points and nine rebounds. The senior has signed with Southern Methodist to continue his playing career.

New Mexico State football recruit Austin Franklin had 15 as well in the winning effort.

La Marque's frenetic style of play led to some questionable shots, as evidenced by their 5/25 performance from three-point range.

Kimball's efficiency led to 8/12 from three-point range which accounted for the point differential.

Other statistics including rebounds (35-35), steals (13-12 Kimball) and free throw attempts (28-24 Kimball) all point to a more competitive contest than the final score would indicate.

For La Marque of Galveston, the state finals appearance was the school's first.

Kimball of Dallas entered the game as the top seed in Class 4A. The state title is the school's fourth, but first since 1997.

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Idalou Hangs on to Beat Tatum 55-54 in Texas Class 2A Title Thriller

Idalou (33-1) and Tatum (32-8) battled Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin for Class 2A supremacy, with Idalou finally emerging victorious 55-54.

Close throughout, neither team was able to outscore the other by more than a point in each quarter, resulting in a nail-biting finish in the fourth.

Idalou, located less than 15 miles northeast of Lubbock, was able to build a 50-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Tatum fought back to 54-50 with a minute left behind an 'And 1' layup from Dylan Starling.

Another layup from Nathan Pickett with 18 seconds remaining chopped the lead in half for Tatum.

When Riley Payne was only able to convert one free throw for Idalou, Tatum had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left.

Tatum's Neil Harkless missed a three-point attempt with three seconds left making Desmond Fite's layup as time expired inconsequential.

Riley Payne, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, led Idalou with 22 points and six rebounds.

Bradley Adkins, a 6-2 junior guard, and Luke Buckner, a 6-4 senior forward, had 11 and 10 points respectively for Idalou. Buckner also added 12 rebounds.

Desmond Fite led Tatum, a school about an hour west of Shreveport, Louisiana, with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Kendall Bell had 16 points and Dylan Starling added 11 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Idalou's boys basketball team joins its football team as state champions in a rare feat.

Tatum was playing for the school's first boys basketball title and knocked off both the number one and two ranked teams in Class 2A in back-to-back contests.

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Clyde Eula Downs Tenaha 64-49 to Capture Texas Class 1A Division 1 State Title

A crowd of 10,000-plus witnessed Clyde Eula (37-2) pull away from Tenaha (28-10) in the fourth quarterand win 64-49 in Saturday morning's Division 1, Class 1A  title game at the Erwin Center in Austin.

Eula, located about 20 minutes west of Abilene, took a 30-22 lead into the half, which Tenaha cut to 42-37 after three quarters. That margin was as close as Tenaha would come the rest of the way as Eula eventually stretched the margin to double digits en route to a 22-12 fourth quarter.

Kainon Irons, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was simply too powerful for Tenaha inside. After scoring 32 points against Everdale in the semifinals, Irons scored 31 points and grabbed 13 boards in the final earning the most valuable player of the tournament.

Jacob Archa, a senior guard, added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Eula.

About an hour from the Louisiana border, Tenaha was led by Reginald Davis, a junior guard and Tenaha's tallest player at 6-1. Davis' 20 points and 20 boards looked dominant on paper, but his shooting 7-27 from the field echoed the struggles of the entire team, which shot 31 percent for the game.

Prior to the loss, Tenaha had won 20 straight games after starting the season 8-9.

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West Oso Of Corpus Christi Overcomes Halftime Deficit, Defeats Burkburnett 61-57 For The Class 3A Championship

Trailing by eight at halftime, West Oso of Corpus Christi (35-3) outscored Burkburnett (33-4) 36-24 in periods three and four to win the Class 3A championship61-57 in front of a crowd of 10,000-plus in Austin on  Saturday morning.

Leading the way for West Oso was senior forward Raymond Robinson with 26 points and nine rebounds. Robinson, a first-team all-state selection last season, shunned Division 1 offers to stay close to home signing a letter of intent to play at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

West Oso senior guard Willie Harper chipped in 17 points including three baskets from beyond the arc and eight rebounds. Harper has drawn interest from a handful of smaller division 1 schools.

Burkburnett, a north Texas high school on the Red River bordering Oklahoma, was led by senior guards Brent Deeb and Jarard Graham with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Earlier in the tournament, Burkburnett made national news when it knocked off Estacado of Lubbock, which at the time was the Class 3A defending champion and ranked in the top-25 nationally.

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Nationally Ranked Marcus And Lakeview Centennial Meet In The Texas Conference 5A State Final

Texas high school basketball fans have been clamoring for this matchup of two, top-12 nationally ranked teams in the Conference 5A finals played in Austin. Saturday night, their wish is granted.

Marcus enters the title game as the fourth ranked team in the nation per MaxPreps. Lakeview holds the number twelve spot in the same poll.

Located about an hour northwest of Dallas, Marcus is led by a dynamic junior guard trio in Marcus Smart, Phil Forte and A.J. Lucky. Marcus has the ability to play stifling defense and smother their opponents. In fact, the last time the surrendered more than 52-points in a contest was in their final game of 2010.

A Marcus win will leave them an early favorite for the 2011-2012 national title as the team returns a pair of 6-foot-8 big men in addition to the three aforementioned guards.

Lakeview, located just outside of Dallas, enters the championship game with three talented guards of its own in Toddrick Gotcher (Texas Tech recruit), Chris Jones (North Texas) and Jamarias Demas. In a contrast of styles, Lakeview is regarded as an offensive powerhouse who will look to push the tempo of the game.

The matchup is sure to be one of the best seen nationwide during the boys high school basketball championship season.

Texas at a Glance - All Times CST

Saturday, March 12

Finals @ Frank Erwin Center: University of Texas at Austin

Conference 1A-D1

8:30 a.m. - Tenaha vs. Clyde Eula

Conference 1A-D2

7:00 p.m. - Paducah vs. Bronte

Conference 2A

2:00 p.m. - Idalou vs. Tatum

Conference 3A

10:00 a.m. - Corpus Christi West Oso vs. Burkburnett

Conference 4A

3:30 p.m. - La Marque vs. Dallas Kimball

Conference 5A

8:30 p.m. - Lewisville Marcus vs. Garland Lakeview Centennial

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