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March 11, 2012
Clarksville, Argyle, White Oak, Calvert win titles
AUSTIN - In a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, a big second half by Clarksville proved to be the major difference.
Top-ranked Clarksville defeated No. 2 Mumford, 65-47, to win the UIL Class A Division I state championship Saturday. The win gave Clarksville its third state title and first since 1998. It also gave first-time state-tournament team Mumford it's very first loss of the year.
Clarksville outscored Mumford, 37-23, in the second half to pull away. Clarksville (31-5) never trailed on Saturday, taking an early 7-0 lead and a 28-24 lead at the half. Mumford (37-1) trailed, 34-30, at the 3:33 mark of the third quarter before Clarksville turned up its intensity on both ends of the court.
Clarksville closed the third quarter on an 8-0 run and dominated the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 20 in the final period. Clarksville's Jarrian Roberts, who has signed to play football for North Texas, finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals and was named state tournament game MVP.
"In Clarksville, they feel we should win state every year," said Clarksville guard H.B.Rosser, who had 10 points and will attend Kansas on a football scholarship in the fall. "It just feels good to finally give them what they want."
Clarksville's Radonte Edwards led all scorers with 23 points. He added seven rebounds. LaKendric Hyson led Mumford with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Aubrie King added 10 points and six boards.
Class 3A: Argyle gets first championship
Argyle used its methodical offense and fundamentally sound defense to defeat Corpus Christi Miller, 44-33, and earned its first UIL Class 3A state championship.
Argyle (31-8) held Miller to 21 points through the first three quarters. Miller (30-10) was held to 24.4 percent shooting, connecting on only 11 of 45 shot attempts. Argyle only made 35.3 percent (12 of 34) of its shots but balanced the effort by making 17 of 22 from the free throw line.
North Texas signee Clarke Overlander led Argyle with 14 points and 10 rebounds and was the game MVP. Connor York had 13 points and made three key 3-pointers in the second half. Marquis Lewis led Miller with 10 points, while Dale Perryman added nine points and seven rebounds.
Class 2A: White Oak tops Brock
In its first trip to state since 1957, White Oak claimed the UIL Class 2A state championship by defeating Brock, 61-53.
White Oak only led, 15-13, after the first quarter but took an eight-point lead by halftime. The Roughnecks went into the third quarter ahead, 47-36, and held on in the fourth.
White Oak featured game MVP Caleb Carr, who finished with 17 points and made 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Frontcourt players Levi Yancy and Jerred Whisenhunt each had 11 points.
Kanton Wood had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Brock. Drake Osborn added 14 points, and Kelley Clark had 10.
Class A Div. II: Calvert rolls to victory
Calvert took charge in the second half and turned a competitive matchup into a 63-37 blowout win over Graford in the UIL Class A Division II state title game.
Calvert, playing in its first state tournament in 17 years, outscored Graford, 40-22, in the second half. Graford couldn't find an answer for the Calvert quartet of B.J. Cyrus, Marquies Nunn, Javion Ross and Tyrone Huffman, which combined for 47 of Calvert's 63 points.
Cyrus finished with 14 points and five rebounds and was named the game MVP. Nunn had 13 points and eight boards. Ross had 11 points and six rebounds, Huffman added nine points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Wortham had seven points and eight rebounds.
Zac Tabor led Graford with 14 points but made only 4 of 20 from the field. Graford only connected on 12 of 55 (21.8 percent) from the field.