Cypress Falls defeats San Antonio Wagner to claim Class 6A title


Trajan Wesley scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Cypress Falls defeated San Antonio Wagner 63-57 Saturday night in the Class 6A final of the UIL boys state tournament.

Wesley connected on 14 of 17 free throws inside the Alamodome and scored the final eight points for Cypress Falls (35-3), which recorded its 25th straight victory. In winning their school’s first UIL boys basketball championship, the Eagles rallied from a 19-11 first quarter deficit to draw even at halftime, 23-23.

Nigel Hawkins, one of five juniors to start for Cypress Falls and the championship game MVP, scored seven of his 18 points in the second quarter to spark the Eagles’ rally. Cypress Falls outscored Wagner (36-3) by 18 points from start of the second quarter until the early moments of the fourth quarter.

Wagner’s Tristan Clark, a 6-foot-8 Baylor signee, scored 10 first-quarter points but didn’t have a shot attempts in the second period. Clark led the Thunderbirds with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and teammate Kevin McCullar added 12 points.

Cypress Falls sho4 40 free throws, making 32.

• CLASS 5A FINAL

Mansfield Timberview 74, Fort Bend Marshall 66: Mansfield Timberview put together a 22-6 third-quarter run to rally past Fort Bend Marshall in the Class 5A final.

Timberview (32-7) overcame a 37-27 halftime deficit to win its first state title in boys basketball.

Junior guard Chris Mullins scored 24 of his game-high 36 points during the second-half run inside the Alamodome, helping the Timberwolves rip off a 19-2 scoring run from the start of the third quarter. Mullins, selected as the championship game MVP, connected on 13 of 20 shots from the field.

Timberview’s Tim Johnson added 15 points. and William Owens chipped in 10 for the Wolves.

Jabari Rice led Marshall (32-8) with 20 points, and Tajzmel Sherman added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Buffs.

• CLASS 4A FINAL

Silsbee 89, Freeport Brazosport 83: Sophomore Jordyn Adams scored 26 points to lead Silsbee (33-6) to the Class 4A state title, the Tigers’ first UIL championship in boys basketball.

Adams scored 10 points in the third quarter as Silsbee piled up 33 points, rallying from a 39-36 halftime deficit to build a 69-58 lead. The 6-foot-4 Adams, who was named the championship game MVP, also had nine rebounds.

Braelon Bush and Willie Jones each scored 17 points for Silbee, with Jones adding 13 rebounds.

Senior guard Chris Rossow piled up 35 points for Freeport Brazosport (33-4). He was 17 of 20 at the free-throw line. Hunter Quick, a 6-7 junior, scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Exporters while teammate Jayson Cooper added 14 points and 13 boards.

• CLASS 3A FINAL

Dallas Madison 42, Brock 36: Fewer points still added up to a state championship for Madison (28-8), which held off Brock.

Madison had scored at least 67 points in its previous 17 games, but Brock (30-9) limited the Trojans to two fast-break points while holding an opponent to fewer than 60 points for the 27th straight game.

Senior guard Patrick Terry, the title game MVP, led Madison with 18 points and 10 rebounds. JeMichael Bowens, a 6-foot-6 senior, added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and he and Terry combined for Madison’s final seven points.

Madison has reached a state final five times in the past eight years. In 2013 and 2014, Madison defeated Houston Yates in Class 3A championship games before being forced to forfeit both victories because those Trojans squads included ineligible players.

Amery Hughes scored 14 points for Brock, which won the Class 3A title in 2015.

• CLASS 2A FINAL

Muenster 73, Clarendon 45: Blake Hoepfner scored 21 points as Muenster (33-6) won its first state title in its third trip to a final. The Hornets were state runners-up in 2014 and 2016.

Hoepfner, a senior forward who was named the title game MVP, also grabbed six rebounds. Muenster’s Logan Cook, a 6-foot-6 senior, had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and teammate John Weger added 19 points.

The Hornets scored 14 points off turnovers, including 11 in the second half.

Colt Wood led Clarendon (30-3) with 18 points, making five 3-pointers.

• CLASS A FINAL

Lipan 46, Happy 43: Ty Bryant, a 6-7 junior, scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Lipan (36-3) to its third state championship in boys basketball.

Bryant, named the championship game MVP, scored the first nine of Lipan’s points in the second half, helping the Indians to a 30-24 lead. He also sank a pair of free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory as Lipan claimed its first state title since 2005.

Lipan scored 24 points off turnovers by Happy (25-6), and Santana Martinez swished two free throws for the Indians with 15 seconds to go for the final margin.

Sterling White scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Happy.

LATE FRIDAY

• CLASS 6A SEMIFINALS

Cypress Falls 46, Dallas Skyline 43 (3OT): Cypress Falls converted 5 of 6 free throws in the third overtime to defeat top-ranked Dallas Skyline.

Trajan Wesley, a junior guard, led Cy Ranch (34-3) with 23 points and was 8 of 8 from the foul line. Marcus Garrett topped Skyline (34-2) with 16 points.

The first overtime didn’t produce any points, leaving the score tied at 36. Cypress Ranch committed a turnover, and Skyline proceeded to drain 3½ minutes off the clock before a play in the final 10 seconds ended with an offensive foul.

Each team scored five points in the second overtime, and Wesley’s layup with 59 seconds to play tied it at 41. Skyline’s Garrett was unable to convert a layup in the closing seconds, leading to the third overtime period.

In the decisive overtime period, Nigel Hawkins hit two free throws for Cy Ranch before Wesley added two more to make it 45-41.

San Antonio Wagner 56, Keller 44: Baylor signee Tristan Clark, a 6-8 senior, scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead San Antonio Wagner into the Class 6A final.

Clark’s 17 points included three crowd-pleasing dunks, and he also blocked four shots. Kevin McCullar added 12 points for the Thunderbirds (36-2), who faced Cypress Falls late Saturday for the Class 6A title.

Keller (33-3) drew within 45-41 midway through the final quarter, but Wagner closed the game with an 11-3 run.

R.J. Nembhard led Keller with 15 points.



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