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TAPPS state tournament roundup: Prestonwood stops Nolan for 5A crown
Randle adds to elite status by scoring 10 of his 34 points in OT
MANSFIELD — It took overtime to decide the TAPPS 5A boys basketball state title Saturday night.
That just gave Plano Prestonwood Christian’s Julius Randle more time to show why he’s considered one of the nation’s top recruits.
Randle, ranked as the nation’s No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, scored 10 of his game-high 34 points in overtime as Prestonwood claimed a second straight state championship by beating Fort Worth Nolan, 71-66.
Randle made four straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to ice the game and finished with 22 rebounds.
It came a day after the 6-9 senior forward had 40 points and 15 rebounds in a semifinal win over Plano John Paul II.
Prestonwood (15-19) appeared to be in control with a 44-32 lead after three quarters, but it was outscored 25-13 by Nolan in the fourth quarter. Then Randle took over.
“We’ve been getting everyone’s best shot all year long, and we just had to survive when Nolan made that run,” Prestonwood coach Chris Mayberry said. “We got some great stops on defense in overtime once we had the lead, and then made our free throws to put the game away.”
Nolan’s comeback was powered by seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a trio of 3-pointers by Gabe Gumm in the fourth quarter.
Nolan got a team-best 20 points from Landon Russell, including a layup with less than a second left that forced overtime at Mansfield Legacy High School.
Chas Taylor had 12 points for Prestonwood, and Marquan Botley added 10.
Plano John Paul II 46, Argyle Liberty Christian 39: John Paul II outscored Liberty Christian, 35-23, in the second half to win the TAPPS 5A girls final and claim its first state championship.
“We were a bit out of sync in the first half, just making a lot of bad plays that we usually don’t,” John Paul II coach Mike Martin said. “But things came together for us in the second half, and it was a total team effort that helped us get back in the game.”
John Paul grabbed a 31-30 lead at the end of the third quarter on a putback by Kelsey Sweeney and led 38-35 with two minutes remaining.
Arabella DeAngelis hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to six points, and Kindell Texada’s three-point play with less than a minute to play pushed the lead to 44-36.
Texada finished with a game-high 21 points, six steals and five rebounds for John Paul, DeAngelis scored 10 points, and Sweeney chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds. Liberty Christian was led by 15 points from Hannah Hand.
Houston Westbury Christian 58, Dallas Christian 48: Westbury Christian went 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the closing minutes and held off Dallas Christian in the TAPPS 4A boys state championship game.
Dallas Christian led at several points in the first half, but it had to play from behind the entire second half and never could reclaim the lead.
“Our boys fought hard and played hard the entire game, we just couldn’t get that one play or defensive stop we needed,” Dallas Christian coach Victor Cathey said. “Even with the loss, it doesn’t take away from the season our guys had, as they exceeded all expectations, and we are very proud of them.”
Dallas Christian trailed by 11 in the second half but clawed back to within two at 48-46 with four minutes to play on two free throws by Alex Craig.
Craig, who was named to the all-tournament team, carried Dallas Christian with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Cameron Martin added 13 points and five assists for Dallas Christian. Westbury Christian got 19 points from Charles Simmons and 18 points from Kirk Berger.