by Scott Hansen
DESOTO, TX – The DeSoto Eagles and Lancaster Tigers returned home from San Antonio state UIL Boys basketball champions, putting an exclamation point on the Duncanville Pantherettes state win and proving that the Best Southwest is a force to be reckoned with.
The DeSoto Eagles dominated the 6A bracket with a decisive win over the top-ranked Humble Atascocita 73-54, and destroying Humble’s hopes of an undefeated season.
Tristen Wallace lead the charge with 25 points and 9 rebounds, with Marques Bolden scoring 12 points with 9 rebounds. DeSoto’s 18-0 run in the second quarter gave them undisputed control of the game.
This is DeSoto’s third title and its first since 2009.
The Lancaster Tigers defended its 5A championship in a win against the Fort Bend Elkins Knights 67-64, and giving Lancaster their second straight state title.
Game MVP Darius Anderson scored 20 points, while Tahjon Starks racked up 19 points. The Tigers retained the lead for most of the game, and even survived a Knight’s rally in the fourth quarter that put Fort Bend Elkins within 3 points. With 22 seconds on the clock, Lancaster’s Nate Morris dunked, pushing the lead to 66-61 and clinching the title.
These wins come on the heels of the Duncanville Pantherettes state title win over Spring Dekaney 76-42. The number one ranked Pantherettes, led by the indominable Coach Cathy Self-Morgan, had a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished its stranglehold on the lead.