Trophy comes with boos
During the Class A, Division I trophy presentation, which took place during halftime of the Class 3A championship game, Mumford’s players received a standing ovation from many of the fans inside the Erwin Center as the team received the runner-up trophy. Minutes later, the state-champion squad from Triple A Academy, which beat Mumford 80-54, was booed by some in the announced crowd of 9,622.
Triple A Academy, a Dallas-area charter school, routed its six Class A postseason opponents by an average of nearly 38 points, and the Stallions did not appear fazed by the crowd’s reaction Saturday. In a postgame news conference, Triple A’s head coach, Timothy Singleton, downplayed the scattered boos heard during Triple A Academy’s game against Mumford.
“We don’t worry about that. We’re a family and we kind of play within each other,” Singleton said after Triple A Academy became the first charter school to win a UIL team championship. “Boos basically give us more motivation.”
Living at the line
Rosenberg Terry made 15 of its 28 free-throw attempts in winning the Class 4A championship game. Dallas Kimball, on the other hand, attempted just four free throws in the 55-47 loss.
Kimball, which made two of its free throws, was called for 26 fouls and had two players foul out. Terry was whistled for just 12 fouls.
A few questions for Triple A Academy junior guard Jeremiah Jefferson, who was named MVP of the Class A, Division I championship game:
Is this championship everything that you envisioned it would be?
It’s more than what we envisioned. Coming out here and winning a state championship on a big floor like Texas, it’s a dream come true.
You trailed 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. How did the Stallions turn this game around?
I don’t know what’s been going on lately but we’ve been getting into some slow starts. So we’ve been trying to get it back in the second quarter and third quarter, and it worked out for us today.
You scored 66 points at the state tournament. When leading scorer King McClure was injured last month, did you take it upon yourself to increase your offensive production?
It was no choice, I had to. Every coach on this coaching staff came to me and told me that I had to step up. So I was trying to get more buckets and it worked out for me.
76: Number of games Mumford has won over the past two seasons. The Mustangs’ two losses during that span came in Class A, Division I championship games.
4: Total of first-time champions at this year’s state tournament.
11: Three-pointers made at the state tournament by Dallas Madison sophomore Admon Gilder. He was a combined 11 for 19 from behind the three-point line in wins over Abilene Wylie and Houston Yates.
— Danny Davis and Steve Habel