Potent state bracket awaits 38-0 Kennedale boys

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Kennedale seeks perfection this weekend in the UIL boys basketball state tournament, but the 38-0 Wildcats will do so against deep and talented teams in the Class 3A bracket.

Dallas Madison is the defending 3A state champion and is making an 11th appearance in Austin. Madison’s losses this season are to Class 5A teams Richland and Lewisville and 4A power Lancaster. To reach the final, where Madison is the expected foe, Kennedale has to get past last year’s runner-up, Houston Yates.

In the 4A bracket, Dallas Kimball goes for its sixth state title and third in the last four years. For fellow 4A semifinalists Beaumont Central and Amarillo, the state tourney is a rare treat. Central is making its first appearance since 1999, and Amarillo is at state for the first time since 1986.

In the 5A field, Allen is trying to match the football team’s December title and makes its first appearance in a basketball state semifinal.

UIL State Tournament

(at Erwin Center, Austin)

Class 5A

Galena Park North Shore (33-3) vs. DeSoto (31-3), 3 p.m. Friday

Junior Kerwin Roach averages 16.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as North Shore makes its third appearance in the state tournament. North Shore has never won the title. Jarrey Foster averages 12.7 points and 5.5 boards. DeSoto comes stacked with three Division I recruits, according to Rivals.com. Forwards Terry Maston (6-foot-7) has signed with Baylor, and Devin Wyatt (6-6) will play at Loyola Marymount. Guard Takedrick Brown, who scored 21 points in a win over Arlington Bowie, is undecided on his future college.

Converse Judson (36-1) vs. Allen (27-8), 8:30 p.m. Friday

Judson, winners of the Aledo Holiday tournament in December, has surged in the past two weeks. Judson won its postseason games by an average of 20.4 points per game. The Rockets are making their third appearance in the state tournament, having never won the championship. Tanner Leissner leads two others in double figures on the season, averaging 15.3 points per game. Allen’s first state appearance is not a fluke; the Eagles have dominated their playoff opponents, winning by an average of 20.6 points per game.

Final: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Class 4A

Beaumont Central (31-4) vs. Dallas Kimball (23-7), 7 p.m. Thursday

Kimball is looking for its third title in four consecutive trips to the state tournament. Senior D’Angelo Allen has been on varsity for all four appearances and averages 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Junior guard Jawun Evans is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, and junior Xavion Turnage is highly recruited. At No. 10, Central is the highest ranked team from the final regular-season TABC Class 4A state poll. Central barely got out of bi-district with a 43-42 win over unranked Humble. E’Torrion Wilridge is a highly recruited guard.

Schertz Clemens (33-4) vs. Amarillo (27-5), 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Clemens defeated Buda Hays in overtime for its regional title and boasts two talented recruits. Junior forward Cayne Edwards averages 15.9 points per game as does sophomore Jalon Gates. Amarillo reached the state tournament thanks in part to a regional semifinal overtime win over Fort Worth Trimble Tech. Guard Michael Dawn scored 26 points in that win, and the Sandies went on to beat El Paso Andress in the regional final 54-44.

Final: 3 p.m. Saturday

Class 3A

Dallas Madison (28-3) vs. San Antonio Houston (27-9), 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Three players average in double figures for Madison, led by Admon Gilder’s 23.3 points per game. The top-ranked team in the final regular-season TABC Class 3A state poll, the Trojans are seeking back-to-back state titles and the fourth in program history. San Antonio Houston has been dominant in the postseason, beating teams by an average of 22.8 points per game. The Hurricanes started the season 1-3 and finished 8-7 against teams from San Antonio. Houston was ranked No. 6 in the final TABC poll.

Kennedale (38-0) vs. Houston Yates (23-8), 3 p.m. Thursday

Radio: KBXD/1480 AM (joined in progress)

The Wildcats will have Ty Charles back in the lineup after he sprained his ankle in the regional quarterfinal. After missing the regional semifinal, Charles returned in the final, a blowout win over Stephenville. Charles, a 6-5 senior, is second in scoring, leads in rebounding and is first in assists. Kennedale is making its second appearance at the state tournament and finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the TABC state poll. Yates is the state’s No. 3 team with five of its losses coming to out-of-state teams. The Lions also lost to Dallas Prime Prep twice and Dallas Lincoln. Forward J.C. Washington (6-7) is committed to Houston and is one of six players listed as recruits by Rivals.com

Final: 10 a.m. Saturday

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