Thorndale, Jarrell off to state; Westlake, Dripping Springs fall short

Thorndale earned a second straight berth in the UIL boys state tournament, shocking district rival Mumford on Saturday in the Class 2A, Region IV final.

Junior guard Mason Fisher scored six of his 12 points in the final quarter to help the Bulldogs earn a return trip to state. He was joined in double figures by teammates Sam Reaves (19 points) and Ty Prince (13).

Mumford (37-3) took a 44-42 lead with 2:49 to play in the game when Andrew Eckenrode scored on a layup, but Thorndale (27-9) went ahead for good as Logan Fisher muscled in a basket down low and Prince sank a free throw with 1:38 to go. From there, Thorndale was 9 of 10 from the foul line, with Reaves sinking all six of his attempts in the final 39 seconds.

One day after hitting only 8 of 15 free throws in the final quarter of a regional semifinal victory over San Antonio Lee Academy, Thorndale converted 12 of 15 against Mumford in the closing quarter.

“Tonight we made the free throws,” said Bulldogs coach John Kovar. “Last night it didn’t go our way, but we are so mentally tough and we hung in there and fought for everything.

“Defensively we were good all night and we kept after them.”

Reaves totaled 39 points in two regional tournament games while Prince, who had 29 against Lee Academy, finished with 42.

James Morris Jr. scored 20 points for Mumford, which saw its 25-game winning streak come to an end.

San Antonio Wagner 55, Westlake 53: DaRaun Clark scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning three-pointer as San Antonio Wagner topped Westlake in the Class 6A, Region IV final in Laredo.

Baylor signee Tristan Clark, a 6-foot-8 power forward, had 27 points and six rebounds for Wagner (35-2). Junior guard Keonte Kennedy led the Chaparrals (29-7) with 14 points.

Down by as many as 11 points in the final quarter, Wagner came back to tie the game at 52 with two minutes to play.

After Westlake failed to score on its possession, Wagner held the ball for more than a minute before sophomore Kevin McCullar drove and kicked the ball out to Clark in a corner for his game-winner.

Westlake, which lost in a regional final for the second straight year, had a final chance, but Wagner fouled to prevent a possible game-tying 3-pointer.

— Arabdho Majumder, AA-S correspondent

Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial 58, Dripping Springs 42: Dripping Springs’ best postseason run since 1986 ended with a loss in the Class 5A, Region IV final at Northside Sports Gym in San Antonio.

“It definitely feels good, what we did this year,” said Richard Milliron, who led the Tigers on Saturday with 14 points and 11 rebounds, “but at the same time, we wanted more. We felt we could go all the way.”

At halftime, it appeared the Tigers (25-14) might return to the UIL boys state tournament for the first time since 1986. In the opening half, the 6-foot-6 Milliron and his 6-5 teammate Cullen Young combined for 17 first-half points as Dripping Springs built a 29-26 lead.

In the second half, though, Veterans Memorial (31-6) rolled up 32 points while Dripping Springs went dry. The Tigers made just five baskets after halftime, and two came in the final minute of play. They didn’t score a point in the fourth quarter until Nicky Breen dropped in a floater with 2:40to go. By that time, Veterans Memorial had stretched a 38-36 advantage to an 11-point lead.

— Thomas Jones

Jarrell 74, Teague 58: Jarrell qualified for the UIL boys state tournament for the first time since 2007, topping Teague in the Class 3A, Region III final at Waco Midway High School.

Leading 33-26 at halftime, the Cougars (33-3) outscored Teague 18-5 in the third quarter to take a 51-31 lead.

Ten years ago, Jarrell lost to Shallowater 43-42 in a Class 2A semifinal at the boys state tournament.

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