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Panthers rally from slow start vs. Klein Forest, bring back state title to Duncanville

Duncanville holds off late to win 6A title

The Panthers won 73-69 in the 6A state title game over Klein Forest to win their first championship since 2007.
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The Panthers won 73-69 in the 6A state title game over Klein Forest to win their first championship since 2007.

For the second-straight night, Micah Peavy came up big in a Duncanville win.

The Duncanville junior forward registered 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Panthers defeated Klein Forest 73-69 in the Class 6A state title game on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Texas Tech signee Jahmius Ramsey scored the go-ahead basket with 1:12 left to give the Panthers a 70-69 lead. Ja’Bryant Hill, who only scored 4 points, iced the game with 2 free throws to push it to 73-69 with 1.6 seconds remaining.

“Best feeling in the world,” Hill said. “I missed some last Saturday. I was in the gym for 3 hours shooting. I was waiting for this moment.”

Duncanville (32-7) wins a state title for the first time since 2007 and it also comes during the 20th anniversary of its 1999 state title winning team. The Panthers won their fourth state championship.

“Extremely excited and happy for everyone in the community,” Duncanville coach David Peavy said. “Happy to bring back a championship to the City of Champions.”

The fourth quarter saw 6 ties and 4 lead changes. The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie it or win the game, but they committed a turnover off an inbound pass with 3.6 seconds to go.

Klein Forest (33-4) led 20-13 after one and 31-26 at intermission, but the Panthers outscored the Golden Eagles 26-18 in the third quarter. Ramsey dunked it with 38 seconds left in the third quarter for a 49-49 tie and Miles Bennett hit a 3 with 3 seconds to give the Panthers a 52-49 lead.

“We were hoping. We weren’t shooting to score, we were just putting the ball up,” David Peavy said. “We rebounded well and that kept us in the game. We knew, as bad as we played in the first half, to be down by 5, we were going to win the game. We believed that and talked about it at halftime. We settled down and played our style of basketball.”

Peavy wins a state title alongside father/head coach David Peavy. Micah, who was voted state title MVP, shot 10 of 20 from the floor. Ramsey added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

“I just tried to keep attacking and staying aggressive,” Ramsey said. “It’s an amazing feeling.”

Added Micah Peavy, “Feels great to do it in front of my family, they’re all from San Antonio, and for the city of champions, the city of Duncanville.”

The Panthers beat the Mustangs in the 6A state semifinals at the Alamodome, Friday March 8, 2019.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.