Cypress Falls converted 5 of 6 free throws in the third overtime to defeat top-ranked Dallas Skyline 46-43 Friday night in a Class 6A state semifinal at the UIL boys basketball tournament.
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.
After neither team scored in the final 2:07 of regulation at the Alamodome, leaving the game deadlocked at 36-all, the first overtime didn’t produce any points. Cypress Ranch commited 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. Skyline managed a pair of free throws by Treyvon Watts-Hale, but Garrett missed two foul shots with 7 seconds to go and Cy Ranch’s Kendall Scott was fouled with a second to play.
Scott converted one last throw to seal the victory.
San Antonio Wagner 56, Keller 44: Baylor signee Tristan Clark, a 6-foot-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 will face Cypress Falls on Saturday for the Class 6A title.
Wagner raced to an 11-0 first-quarter lead, but Keller (33-3) was able to cut the margin to four points at 25-21 and again at 45-41. The Thunderbirds closed the game with an 11-3 run.
R.J. Nembhard led Keller with 15 points.
• CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
Silsbee 46, Argyle 45: Trajan Harris sank four straight free throws in the final minute to lift Silsbee past Argyle in a Class 4A state semifinal.
Argyle (33-4) took a 43-42 lead on a 3-point basket by Nathan Priddy, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. David Davis sank one of two free throws to extend the advantage to 44-42, but Harris tied the game by sinking two free throws with 42.7 seconds to play.
Argyle pulled ahead again when Brandon White converted 1 of 2 free throws with 25.9 seconds to go. Harris drew a foul on Silsbee’s next possession, though, and hit both free throws with 17.9 seconds to play for the final margin.
A last shot by Argyle glanced off the rim.
Jordyn Adams led Silsbee with 10 points, and Harris added six.
The Tigers (32-6) will face Freeport Brazosport on Saturday for the Class 4A title.
Freeport Brazosport 73, Midlothian Heritage 64: Brazosport survived a furious second-half comeback to triumph in a Class 4A state semifinal.
Brazosport (33-3) raced to a 44-19 halftime lead, but Heritage (32-6) chipped away, cutting the margin to eight points with 2:50 to play. The Jaguars drew no closer in the closing minutes.
Brazosport point guard Chris Rossow scored 17 points, and teammate Jalen Johnson added 16. Hunter Quick, a 6-foot-7 junior, had 12 points plus 18 rebounds for the Exporters.
Brazosport limited Midlothian Heritage to 5-of-25 shooting from the field in the first half while building its big lead. The Exporters scored eight fast-break points and added 10 points off turnovers in the first half.
Jackson McLaughlin scored 24 points for Heritage.
• CLASS 2A SEMIFINAL
Muenster 56, Grapeland 52 (OT): John Weger scored five of his 11 points in overtime as top-ranked Muenster (32-6) advanced to the Class 2A final.
Muenster tied the game at 49 when Blake Hoepfner sank a free throw with 8.6 seconds to go in regulation. Hoepfner, a 6-2 senior, led all scorers with 27 points. Grapeland (33-6) saw the potential winning shot rim out at the buzzer.
Muenster never trailed Grapeland in overtime as Weger hit a runner in the lane and added three free throws.
Logan Cook, a 6-6 senior, added eight points and 18 rebounds for Muenster, which will face Clarendon in the Class 2A final.
Riley Chipman led Grapeland with 24 points, scoring 18 in the first half. Tink McQuirter added 15 points and eight rebounds.
• CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
Mansfield Timberview 68, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial 48: Mansfield Timberview opened the third quarter with a 15-3 scoring run and cruised to a victory in a Class 5A state semifinal.
Timberview (31-7) will face Fort Bend Marshall on Saturday in the Class 5A final.
Chris Mullins scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as four different Wolves totaled double-digit scoring in the contest, including Tim Johnson (20 points) and Isaac Likekele (14 points, 13 rebounds).
Veterans Memorial (31-7) limited Timberview to 22 first-half points and trailed by just four at the break as the Eagles used a flexible zone defense that denied Timberview drives to the basket. After halftime, though, the Wolves spread the floor and upped the tempo while piling up 46 points, 24 off of fast breaks.
Will Chayer had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Veterans Memorial.
Fort Bend Marshall 82, Justin Northwest 59: Tajzmel Sherman scored a game-high 25 points to help Fort Bend Marshall (32-7) roll into the Class 5A final.
Northwest (32-6) led 24-23 in the second quarter, but Marshall scored on six straight possessions while forcing four turnovers to fuel the 13-0 run. It included four points by Sherman, who finished with six rebounds.
Jabari Rice scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards for Marshall, and teammate John Walker III contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.
Avery Anderson scored 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Northwest.
BOYS BASKETBALL: UIL STATE TOURNAMENT
When: Through Saturday
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio
Tickets: A general-session ticket costs $19. (Children 2 and younger get in free but may not occupy a seat.)
Parking: Available in Alamodome lots for $15.
TV/online streaming: Fox Sports Southwest will air the Class 6A final live on Saturday night. All other semifinals and finals will be webcast through the NFHS Network, which requires a subscription.
Class A semifinals
Happy 51, Borden County 27
Lipan 61, Dime Box 47
Class 3A semifinals
Dallas Madison 82, Santa Rosa 44
Brock 46, Jarrell 43
Class 5A semifinals
Mansfield Timberview 68, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial 48
Fort Bend Marshall 82, Justin Northwest 59
Class 2A semifinals
Muenster 56, Grapeland 52 (OT)
Clarendon 59, Thorndale 35
Class 4A semifinals
Freeport Brazosport 73, Midlothian Heritage 64
Silsbee 46, Argyle 45
Class 6A semifinals
Cypress Falls 46, Dallas Skyline 43 (3OT)
San Antonio Wagner 56, Keller 44
8:30 a.m. — Class A final: Happy (25-5) vs. Lipan (35-3)
10 a.m. — Class 3A final: Madison (27-8) vs. Brock (30-8)
1:30 p.m. — Class 2A final: Muenster (32-6) vs. Clarendon (32-2)
3 p.m. — Class 5A final: Mansfield Timberview (31-7) vs. Fort Bend Marshall (32-7)
7 p.m. — Class 4A final: Freeport Brazosport (33-3) vs. Silsbee (32-6)
8:30 p.m. — Class 6A final: Cypress Falls (34-3) vs. San Antonio Wagner (36-2)