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UIL state boys basketball: DeSoto, Lancaster, Dallas Lincoln win titles; Muenster denied

Lancaster coach Ferrin Douglas, center, and his players charge onto the court after defeating Fort Bend Elkins in a UIL Class 5A boys high school state final basketball game, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in San Antonio. Lancaster won 67-64.
Lancaster coach Ferrin Douglas, center, and his players charge onto the court after defeating Fort Bend Elkins in a UIL Class 5A boys high school state final basketball game, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in San Antonio. Lancaster won 67-64. AP

Tristen Wallace scored 25 points as DeSoto defeated Atascocita 73-54 in the Class 6A championship game Saturday at the Alamodome.

Wallaced added nine rebounds, while Marques Bolden scored 12 points and had nine rebounds as DeSoto won its third title and first since 2009.

DeSoto (36-2) took control of the game when it dominated the second quarter and went on an 18-0 run before halftime turning a 15-15 game into 33-15 halftime lead.

DeSoto won the rebounding battle 40-24 and knocked down six 3-pointers on 10 attempts.

Carsen Edwards scored 20 points for Atascocita (38-1), which entered the game on a 38-game win streak and as the top-ranked team in the state.

Class 5A final

Darius Anderson and Tahjon Starks combined for 39 points as Lancaster (36-2) defended its Class 5A championship with a 67-64 win over Fort Bend Elkins (36-3).

Anderson had 20 points and snagged MVP honors, while Starks added 19 for Lancaster in a sloppy contest that featured 52 combined fouls between the teams.

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Lancaster never trailed after the first quarter, managing to survive a late push by Fort Bend Elkins, which defeated Fort Worth Dunbar on Thursday in the semifinals.

Nate Morris’ dunk with 22 seconds remaining pushed the lead to 66-61 and sealed the victory for Lancaster. Starks added a free throw with four seconds remaining before Fort Bend Elkins’ last-second heave fell short.

Chad Bowie had a game-high 22 points for Fort Bend Elkins.

Class 4A final

Dallas Lincoln 75, Silsbee 72: Kortrjik Miles scored 28 points as Lincoln (23-15) defeated Silsbee (31-6).

Miles also grabbed 11 rebounds and went 11-for-14 from the free-throw line as Dallas Lincoln won its fourth title. Kennedy Milton added 14 points and Jabari Richardson scored 12 in the victory.

Silsbee freshman guard Devon McCain was taken to the hospital after suffering an apparent head injury with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter. He was unintentionally hit in the head by a teammate’s elbow and fell hard to the court where he hit his head again on the court.

Michael McCain led Silsbee with 15 points and six rebounds, while Trajan Harris added 11.

Class 2A final

Canadian 56, Muenster 46: Junior Cameron Copley scored 21 points to lead the defending state champion Wildcats (18-6) past the Hornets (34-4).

Copley, a point guard who started for the 2014 Water Valley Class A state title team, was named the game’s most valuable player.

Tanner Schafer added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Canadian, which had 12 players on its roster who also won back-to-back titles in football.

Muenster had four players with nine points each: Logan Cook, Cal York, Blake Hoephner and John Weger.

Class 3A final

Brownfield 80, Winnie East Chambers 54: Jezreel Griffin scored 37 points and collected 15 rebounds as the Cubs (32-3) staged a 21-4 third-quarter run to race past the Buccaneers (34-5).

Griffin, named the game’s MVP, scored 31 points in the first three quarters as the Cubs built a 20-point lead late in the third quarter. East Chambers cut the margin to 10, but Brownfield answered with a 19-2 scoring run to end the game.

Jaelyn Nolan had 16 points and eight rebounds for Brownfield, while Alex McCrary added 11 points and six rebounds.

Ethan Kahla and Dylan Silcox had 10 points each for East Chambers.

Class A final

Avinger 50, Lenorah Grady 36: Desmond Chism scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Indians (34-2) over the Wildcats (30-5).

Chism added 10 rebounds and was named the game’s MVP after he helped Avinger overcome a 20-19 halftime deficit. The Indians outscored Lenorah Grady 31-16 in the second half.

Grayson Early had 14 points and seven boards, while Demionte Mitchell added nine points and 10 boards for the Indians.

Avinger captured its third state title, having won championships in 1977 and 1996.

Cole Avery had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Lenorah Grady.

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