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MVP Smart does it all for FM Marcus in title win over Lakeview
AUSTIN — He has made Flower Mound Marcus’ offense and defense go all season. Sometimes it is from passing, sometimes from rebounding and sometimes from scoring. Mostly for Marcus Smart, it is a combination of all three.
That style didn’t change on Saturday night in Flower Mound Marcus’ 40-38 victory against Garland Lakeview Centennial. He finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists.
In the first half, he took three charges. When it mattered in the fourth quarter, he scored the go-ahead basket. He won the state championship MVP award. He even did a flip to celebrate the victory.
He was, in short, a game-changer.
“He and the whole team,” coach Danny Henderson said, “they just literally refused to lose.”
For a while, it looked like Flower Mound Marcus’ state championship would slip away. Lakeview Centennial ran and pressed, and the Marauders looked flustered. Smart was one of them. He had two rebounds in the third quarter but didn’t score or pick up an assist. He turned the ball over.
When the fourth started, Marcus lacked any type of momentum. Smart started to bring it back.
About two minutes into the quarter, with Marcus still trailing, Smart stole the ball and got fouled.
“That’s what we pride ourselves on is defense,” Smart said.
With less than two minutes to go, the score was tied. A.J. Luckey drove and missed a layup, but Smart was right there for the tip. Marcus took the two-point lead.
A minute later, he would build on that lead. Marcus ran out some clock and finally Smart had an open look that he made for a 40-36 lead.
But it wasn’t over. Lakeview Centennial made it 40-38 and still had one final hope, one final shot.
Chris Jones dribbled around in the corner. He put up a shot that hit off the back of the rim. Someone needed to get the rebound for Marcus to seal the victory.
Not surprisingly, Smart grabbed the ball.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “We’ve been talking about this the whole year.”