Written by SportsDayDFW.com
DeSoto, with big game from Takedrick Brown, reaches 5A state tournament
FORT WORTH — DeSoto desperately needed an outside shooter to attack a long and athletic Arlington Bowie defense.
Takedrick Brown answered the call, hitting five 3-pointers to lead DeSoto to a 59-51 victory in the Class 5A Region I championship game Saturday afternoon at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
“I’ve been wanting this since my freshman year,” said the 5-9 senior guard. “We’ve come close before, but this is what we’ve been waiting for.”
Brown worked hard to get his shots because Bowie’s defense was aware of his shooting ability. Of his game-high 22 points, 11 came in the second quarter when DeSoto took charge.
“I just kept going, running my patterns, until I found the open spots,” he said.
Teammate Julian Green scored 10 points, all in the second half.
“Both guys, Takedrick and Julian, are three-year varsity guys for us,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said. “It really means a lot to them. Getting to the state tournament is a great reward.”
DeSoto (31-3) stretched a five-point halftime lead to 10 going into the fourth quarter. Green benefited when Bowie 6-10 post Dante Hales was sidelined with foul trouble.
Bowie (28-6) closed to within five points twice in the final five minutes, in each instance on drives to the basket by guard David Chavlovich, and had chances to get closer.
“We didn’t shoot the way we have been in either game here,” said Bowie coach Allen Gratts. “But our kids battled like they have all season.”
Chavlovich led Bowie with 12 points. Jordan Versey and Kevin Hervey finished with 10 each.
Of DeSoto’s three losses, only one is to a Texas team (South Grand Prairie). The other two defeats were to schools from Tennessee and Arkansas in tournaments.
DeSoto’s trip to the state tournament will be its first since winning the championship in 2009. DeSoto also won a state title in 2003.
“This team, just like the two state championship teams, the kids really like being around each other,” said Dyer.