Written by Corbett Smith
All-DFW matchups could occur in 5A, 4A boys basketball championships
Attempting to win its third straight Class 4A title, Kimball will return to Austin this weekend for the UIL boys basketball state tournament. Kimball is one of six Dallas-Fort Worth-area schools to advance to state, creating the possibility of all-area matchups in the 5A and 4A finals.
In its 10th state appearance, Kimball (22-9) will face top-seeded San Antonio Brennan (39-2) at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, trying to become the first team since Class 2A Ponder (2008-10) to win three straight titles. Behind Alabama football signee A’Shawn Robinson, Fort Worth Arlington Heights (23-10) will play Rosenberg Terry (29-9) in the other 4A semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday.
South Grand Prairie (36-3) and Richardson Berkner (33-5) are on opposite sides of the 5A bracket, and could potentially meet in Saturday’s final.
SGP faces Cibolo Steele (25-12) at 3 p.m. Friday, while Berkner plays Fort Bend Travis (31-5) at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Behind twin Kentucky signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Travis beat Fort Bend Bush for the first time in four tries this season to win the 5A Region III tournament. Travis lost to Flower Mound Marcus in the 5A final last season.
The dream matchup between Class 3A No. 1 Houston Yates and No. 2 Madison can’t happen until the final. Madison (30-4) will play Abilene Wylie (34-4) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by Yates (31-4) and Brookshire Royal (29-9) at 3 p.m.
There will be a charter school in the Class A Division I final, with charters Triple A Academy (26-5) and El Paso Harmony (26-3) facing off in the semifinals. No charter school has won a boys team title in the UIL’s 103-year history.
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