Written by Corbett Smith
Kimball, Madison try to join 10 decades of Dallas ISD champions
This weekend at the UIL's boys tournament in Austin, Madison and Kimball have a chance to add their names to a list of basketball champions from Dallas ISD. It's a prestigious group, with at least one team from each of the last 10 decades.
Here's the complete list of DISD champions, broken into decades. Just for fun, I've highlighted one of the schools during each decade, to give a snapshot of what it took to win a state title.
2010′s 2012: Kimball, 4A, 34-5 Notable: After graduating a talented trio of transfers - Jordan Williams, Jalen Jones and Jarion Henry - Kimball found itself back in the state final, thanks in large part to Irving transfer Keith Frazier. But Kimball's 78-75 win over Houston Yates was truly a team effort: Shannon Lilly scored 27, named the MVP for the second straight year; Frazier had 17 points and 14 rebounds; and Torrey Henry hit two 3-pointers in the final 29 seconds to rally Kimball back from five-point deficit. 2011: Kimball, 4A, 38-3
2000′s 2009: Madison, 3A, 33-4 2008: South Oak Cliff, 4A, 25-8 2007: South Oak Cliff, 4A, 33-3 2006: Roosevelt, 3A, 28-8 2006: South Oak Cliff, 4A*, 30-7 2005: South Oak Cliff, 4A*, 32-7 2002: Lincoln, 4A, 40-0 Notable: With Chris Bosh and Bryan Hopkins, this unbeaten Lincoln team could easily stake a claim as the city's best-ever squad. It finished the year crowned as the No. 1 team in the nation by several national polls. A state semifinalist in 2001, Lincoln walloped the opposition in the 4A playoffs, winning by an average margin of victory of 33.3 points. In a heavily hyped final between future NBA first-rounders Bosh and Kendrick Perkins, Lincoln dominated Beaumont Ozen, 71-51, with Bosh going for 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
1990′s 1997: Kimball, 5A, 38-2 1997: Madison, 3A, 28-7 1996: Kimball, 5A, 38-2 1993: Lincoln, 4A, 33-3 1992: South Oak Cliff, 4A, 34-2 Notable: In its fourth appearance at the state tournament in five seasons, South Oak Cliff cruised to the 4A title with a 73-60 win over Georgetown, behind 6-8 forward Derrick Battie and second-year coach Chris Dyer. Battie, who would play collegiately at Temple, went 14 for 17 from the floor in the final, named MVP with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Its only two losses of the season were to 5A teams: Fort Worth Dunbar, a Region I finalist, and Duncanville, the defending state champs. SOC wouldn't make the state tournament again until 2003, Darrell Arthur's freshman season. 1990: Kimball, 5A, 35-3 1990: Lincoln, 4A, 27-10
1980′s 1987: Hillcrest, 4A, 24-10 Notable: For all of Dallas' champions, Hillcrest might have been the most unlikely. Two years removed from a losing record, Hillcrest made the playoffs for the first time in six years, but hardly looked a juggernaut. It was the underdog against Waxahachie and No. 2 Lancaster in the regional tournament, and upset No. 1 Bay City and two-time Parade All-American LaBradford Smith in the semifinals, 54-51. Behind 15 points and five steals from junior guard Tyrone Maxey and five fourth-quarter free throws by senior forward Quintin Washington, Hillcrest beat Cleburne, 51-42, in the state final.
1970′s 1977: South Oak Cliff, 4A, 35-8 1972: Roosevelt, 4A, 36-4 Notable: While it was only a semifinal, Roosevelt's 111-109 win over Houston Wheatley was one of the most electrifying games in state tournament history. In its first-ever state appearance, Roosevelt rallied from a nine-point deficit with three minutes to play, behind star 6-8 forward Ira Terrell. Terrell - a future SMU star - scored seven points in the final 1:12, including a three-point play with four seconds remaining to retake the lead. He made 21 of 23 shots, finishing with 45 points, still the single-game scoring mark in the state's highest classification. In the final, Roosevelt withstood 44 points from future Texas Tech great Rick Bullock in a 68-63win over San Antonio Jefferson.
1960′s 1962: Thomas Jefferson, 4A, 33-2 Notable: Using a two-team platoon, Thomas Jefferson steamrolled the rest of the 4A competition en route to the state title. In four playoff wins, Thomas Jefferson won by an average of 29.3 points per game. While the team was heralded for its relative anonymity, it wasn't without talent. Junior Bob Glover, who later played at Texas Tech, scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 69-46 final against Houston Jeff Davis. Fellow all-city guard Eddie Dominguez, who'd later play at Texas A&M, was one of six Thomas Jefferson players from that team to play Division I basketball.
1950′s 1955: Crozier Tech, 4A, 28-1 Notable: The team of the decade in Dallas, Crozier Tech made its five trips to the finals in 10 years, winning its third title with a 57-55 win over Waco. Tech hit two last-second shots in the state tournament: Albert Brown hit a 20-foot jumper from the corner as time expired to beat Beaumont in the semifinal, 58-56; and Tech's 6-9 center, A.C. Black, hit a game-winning jumper with 14 seconds remaining in the final. Black - who averaged 25.5 points during the regular season - scored 47 points over the two wins. Mount Pleasant delivered Tech's lone loss of the season, 56-51, at the Cotton Bowl Invitational, behind 23 points from Don Meredith.
1940′s 1948: Crozier Tech, 2A, 23-3 1946: Crozier Tech, 2A, 24-2 1944: Sunset, 2A, 20-3 Notable: Sunset grabbed an early lead in the state final against Childress, sat back in a zone defense and never trailed after the first quarter, en route to a 29-20 win. Sunset's biggest challenge at the state tournament was Highland Park, holding on for a 29-24 semifinal win after scoring just three fourth-quarter points. Highland Park would have been more formidable, if not for center Bobby Layne graduating in February and leaving the team. Instead, Sunset just had to handle future NFL Hall of Fame player Doak Walker, who scored eight in the loss. Sunset post Hal Turner and wing Bobby Folsom were named to the all-state team. Folsom would later become Dallas' mayor, from 1976 to 1981. 1941: Dallas Washington, PVIL 4A, N/A
1930′s 1938: Woodrow Wilson, All Classes, 27-0 Notable: After a 13-year drought between state titles, a Dallas school wins another basketball title. In fact, Woodrow's appearance in the eight-team state tournament was just the third for a Dallas team since Oak Cliff won in 1924. Woodrow's Mal Kutner, a 6-2 forward, was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 13 points in a 41-27 win over Abilene in the final. Kutner would go one to letter in three sports at Texas (football, basketball, track), and - after serving in the Navy during World War II - was an NFL all-Pro end in 1947 and 1948 for the Chicago Cardinals.
1920′s 1923-24: Oak Cliff, All Classes Notable: Oak Cliff - renamed Adamson in 1935 - was Dallas' first basketball dynasty. Led by center Joe King, a star quarterback in football, and diminutive guard Bill Schroder, Oak Cliff won 35 games in a row against in-state opponents during a three-year span, winning three City titles and back-to-back state titles. Several players on its basketball team - including Ira Hopper, W.C. Lynch, C.L. Higgins and Orval Rhoads - helped Oak Cliff win the 1924 UIL football title. Rhoads would later play football and baseball at Texas.