Trenton Brinkley scored 15 points and Dallas Kimball won its third Class 4A state championship in four years, beating Amarillo 52-37 Saturday.
Kimball’s title run is one of the most impressive in recent state tournament history. Dallas South Oak Cliff won four consecutive 4A titles from 2005-2008, but later was stripped of the 2005 and 2006 championships for using ineligible players.
Brinkley scored 11 in the second quarter as Kimball re-established control after Amarillo rallied from a 9-0 deficit in the opening minutes. Kimball (25-7) led by 13 in the fourth before Amarillo got within 43-37 when John Hood made consecutive 3-pointers.
Kimball sealed it on alley-oop dunk on a pass from Jawun Evans to Brinkley with 57 seconds left.
Hood led Amarillo (28-6) with 11 points.
Evans scored 16 points and D’Angelo Allen added 10 points and eight rebounds for Kimball.
Amarillo’s Braden Eggleston, who had a double-double in the semifinals with 20 points and 10 rebounds, was just 1 of 3 shooting in the final for two points before fouling out late. Amarillo was playing it its first state final since 1986, when Amarillo beat Kimball.
Kimball roared to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes as Derias Johnson made a long 3-pointer and Allen followed it with a dunk. Amarillo shrugged off its bad start with a 12-0 run to the end of the quarter as Hood ignited the rally with a long jumper and a 3-pointer.
Daz Richardson’s steal and layup gave Amarillo a 14-9 lead early in the second. Kimball settled down defensively and Brinkley scored 11 points in the quarter and Kimball retook control. Brinkley converted a 3-point play and had two dunks, and Dondre Carter’s 3-pointer put Kimball up 25-19 at halftime. Brinkley was 5-of-5 shooting in the first half.
Kimball slowly stretched its lead in the third. Evans started the quarter with consecutive baskets and Allen scored seven in the period. Xavier Johnson pushed Kimball’s lead to 39-26 with a 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer.
Hood’s 3-pointers gave Amarillo a slim hope late the fourth. The Sandies had a chance to cut Kimball’s lead to five, but Michael Dawn was stripped of the ball by Evans, who floated the perfect pass to Brinkley for the dunk that put the game away.
Class 5A• Galena Park North Shore 57, Converse Judson 45: Jarrey Foster had 16 points and 10 rebounds and North Shore controlled Judson from the start to win the Class 5A championship.
Kerwin Roach scored 15 and had three dunks as former NBA all-star and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal watched from the front row.
North Shore (35-3) broke the game open in the third, outscoring Judson 10-5 in the quarter for a 39-25 lead.
Judson showed some life in the early moments of the fourth behind consecutive 3-pointers from Julian Erickson, Judson’s first two from long range since the first quarter. North Shore answered the burst with seven straight points, including a steal and fast-break dunk by Roach that pushed the lead to 48-31.
David Wacker scored 13 to lead Judson (37-2).
Class 3A• Dallas Madison 82, Houston Yates 70: Led by 22 points from game MVP Admon Gilder, Dallas Madison repeated as Class 3A boys state champions.
The game was a rematch of the 2013 finals when Dallas Madison also defeated Yates, 85-72.
Dallas Madison (30-3) is the first Class 3A defending champion to repeat since Sweeny in 1987-88.
Cameron Bryant added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Madison. J.C. Washington led Yates (24-9) with 20 points and six rebounds.
The teams were tied at 51-51 with 1:06 left in the third quarter when Dallas Madison went on a 12-0 scoring run, including seven unanswered points to start the fourth.
Class 2A• Ponder 66, Tatum 56: Clay Morgan had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Ponder rallied from 14 down in the third quarter to win the Class 2A championship.
Brady Anderson scored 18 for Ponder, which trailed 40-26 before Anderson made the first of his two 3-pointers in a 19-7 Ponder run. The second pulled Ponder within a point and Cameron Sallez put Ponder ahead 48-46 in the fourth.
The teams traded the lead three times over the next 90 seconds before Ponder (32-7) slowly pulled away. Ponder made 9 of 13 free throws over the final 2:18 to win the school’s first state title since a three-year championship run from 2008-2010.
Klifton Lewis scored 17 and Chaston Brooks had 10 points and nine rebounds for Tatum (35-5).
Class A Div. I• Mumford 64, Muenster 57: Mumford won the Class A Division I championship by defeating Muenster.
Mumford (39-1), runner-up the past two seasons, was led by game MVP LaKendric Hyson, who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The win was Mumford’s 37th straight this season.
Mumford trailed 17-9 after one quarter but staged a 22-11 scoring run in the second quarter, to take a 31-28 halftime lead. The Mustangs extended the lead to 46-38 after three quarters.
Muenster (28-3) outrebounded Mumford 48-33 but the fast paced Mumford team drove the lane and converted 18 of 26 foul shots while Muenster was seven for seven from the charity stripe.
Lyndon Cook led Muenster with 17 points with 26 rebounds.
Class A Div. II• Water Valley 68, Laneville 44: Trae Hannon scored 16 points and Water Valley cruised to the Class 1A Division II championship.
Water Valley had four players score in double figures. Kellan Kirkland had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Water Valley ( ) outrebounded Laneville 43-25. Brock Demere and Cameron Copley each scored 13.
Water Valley (29-5) was 11 of 15 shooting in the third quarter as it stretched a 30-25 halftime lead to 55-37 by the end of the third. Water Valley made seven 3-pointers.
Kendrick Anderson scored 13 points for Laneville (33-7). Dontavious Harris, who scored 30 points and made eight 3-pointers in a semifinal victory, attempted just five against Water Valley and finished with nine points.