No King, no problem
Triple A Academy sophomore guard King McClure was in street clothes Thursday, when his team played in a state semifinal, and he is expected to miss the rest of the UIL boys state tournament with a dislocated kneecap. The Stallions played well without King, their leading scorer who is rated as a five-star prospect by 247Sports, as they cruised to a 90-50 victory against El Paso Harmony Science Academy.
McClure said it was hard to miss the semifinal, but he also sang the praises of his teammates, including junior Jeremiah Jefferson, who scored 37 points.
“That’s what (Jeremiah) does … He’s one of the best shooters, I feel, in the country,” McClure said. “My team played phenomenal. I’d like to applaud them.”
Piling up points
In their state-semifinal victories on Thursday, Triple A Academy, Mumford, Dallas Madison and Houston Yates all scored more than 80 points.
The last time that there were more than four 80-point games during an entire state tournament? Go back to 1994.
A few questions for Mumford senior guard Josh Sustaita, who made five three-pointers in the Mustangs’ 86-63 victory over San Augustine.
After making it to last year’s Class A, Division I championship game, how excited are you to have another shot at a gold medal?
We’re very excited this year. We have a deeper bench this year, we have a lot of good team chemistry and I think, this year, it will be a little different because we’ve been here before. We know what it’s like and we know what it takes to win.
Does being undefeated put any additional pressure on your team?
Not at all. Sometimes people will say it’s a lot of pressure because we’re undefeated, but we’re a very confident team. We never go into a game thinking that we’re going to lose or that we might have a bad game.
You wore a bow tie to the press conference. Is this a fashion statement?
This is my first year wearing it; I haven’t been doing it since I’ve been in high school. When coach (Chris Sodek) told us that we had to be dressed up, I thought I might as well go a little different than everybody else.
88: Shots attempted by Triple A Academy in its 32-minute Class A, Division I semifinal victory. The Stallions also grabbed 64 rebounds.
1: Dunks by Alfredo Rodriguez, El Paso Harmony Science Academy’s 7-foot-2-inch freshman center, against Triple A Academy. Rodriguez scored six points.
4: Number of state finals in the past five years for Houston Yates, which will play for the Class 3A title Saturday. The Lions won Class 4A titles in 2009 and 2010.
— Danny Davis