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Brock boys prevail against Randolph in 3A basketball final to win state championship

Brock's Bailey Cockburn, left, and Lance Ewell, middle, hold their championship trophy as they celebrate with teammates after defeating Universal City Randolph 37-32 in the UIL boys' 3A high school basketball state finals Saturday in San Antonio.
Brock's Bailey Cockburn, left, and Lance Ewell, middle, hold their championship trophy as they celebrate with teammates after defeating Universal City Randolph 37-32 in the UIL boys' 3A high school basketball state finals Saturday in San Antonio. AP

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Brock post Lance Ewell scored a team-high 14 points, including the last six points of the game, as the Eagles staged a pair of 7-0 first-half scoring runs then survived a furious Universal City Randolph rally to win the UIL Class 3A boys’ state title, 37-32, Saturday at the Alamodome.

“I'm at a loss for words. I'm sorry, I just don't know what to say,” said an emotional Ewell, the championship game MVP. “I played like a little kid in the first half. My teammates, they kept me up. I don't know, I'm sorry. We just played our hearts out.”

The championship, played before a crowd of 8,296, is the third for Brock (37-2), which was making its ninth state tournament appearance.

Randolph (31-4) took a 32-31 lead with 3:29 left to play on a jumper by Bryan London, who led the Ro-Hawks with 15 points and five rebounds. London scored 11 points in the second half, including eight in the third quarter.

Ewell answered the 32-31 deficit at 3:05 with a basket for the final Brock lead, then added two free throws and another basket for the victory. His last field goal was on a breakaway layup after a long inbounds pass from Micah Thornton with 21 seconds left.

“We struggled, our shots weren't falling and that's big for us,” Ewell said. “But we managed to get inside, we managed to make things happen. I don't know how we did it. We've always come through with each other.”

Thornton had seven points and ten rebounds for Brock, while Bailey Cockburn added seven points and nine boards. Brock entered the game averaging 70.2 points per game. The Eagles’ 37 was a season low. Brock did have a 40-28 edge in rebounds.

“Defensively we just worked hard, we moved our feet,” said Ewell, who also had four steals and two blocks. “We believed in each other we had each others’ back.”

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