Atascocita (Humble, Texas), ranked No. 5 in the Super 25, had its unbeaten season end in the Texas UIL 6A state championship Saturday in a 73-54 loss to DeSoto in San Antonio.
Atascocita was attempting to become the first undefeated Texas 6A champion since 2007, according to The Dallas Morning News.
DeSoto (36-2) won its third state title thanks to its defense and an 18-0 run to end the first half in which Atascocita (38-1) was held without a point for the final 6:43.
A 15-15 game early in the second quarter turned into a 33-15 edge for DeSoto at halftime. Atascocita used a 15-3 run to cut the deficit to seven in the third quarter, but DeSoto responded to lead 50-38 after three quarters. DeSoto maintained a double-digit lead through the fourth quarter.
DeSoto’s Tristen Wallace, the Oregon-bound football player, was named Most Valuable Player with 25 points and nine rebounds. McDonald’s All American Marques Bolden had six blocks. All but two of Desoto’s points came from seniors.
Purdue-bound Atascocita guard Carsen Edwards had 20 points but was 8 for 23 from the field and 4 for 15 from three.
DeSoto got congratulations via Twitter from Miami Heat All-Star Chris Bosh, a Dallas native who earlier in the week had sent good luck messages to three Dallas area teams in the state tournament.