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After another state title run, Flower Mound Marcus set to lose a lot on the floor
It ended the way they all wanted, the way they all expected. Flower Mound Marcus faced another deficit in a state title game but found a way to win. Marcus defeated Fort Bend Travis on Saturday, 56-52.
The victory gave the team its second consecutive Class 5A title. In the last three seasons, Marcus has won 115 games and lost only six.
Phil Forte was the MVP, and from the beginning of the game, it seemed it would be his game. He made two early 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. In the fourth quarter, when Marcus extended a one-point lead, he scored the team’s final eight points.
It was a marked contrast from his state championship performance last year, when he shot 1-for-12.
“I was so thrilled to win a state title [in 2011], don’t get me wrong,” Forte said. “But, obviously, it wasn’t the way I wanted to end my season. I was just more upset in the way I performed, and then you have people saying he didn’t do this, and did do that. Everything happens for a reason. So I just used that as more motivation in the off-season to keep working.”
There won’t be a next year in high school for the nucleus of this Marcus team. Forte, Marcus Smart, Nick Banyard and A.J. Luckey, the four leading scorers, are all graduating, along with eight other seniors.
Forte and Smart signed with Oklahoma State. Banyard signed with New Mexico. Luckey plans to play at Lubbock Christian.
Many an Internet rumor has focused on the future of coach Danny Henderson. After two titles and three state tournament appearances, people have continually discussed his potential exodus, possibly to Texas Tech as an assistant under friend Billy Gillispie. Last week, Henderson told the Morning News he had no plans to leave.
Staff Writer Corbett Smith contributed to this report.