AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Senior guard Keith Frazier scored 18 points and two-time defending Class 4A champion Dallas Kimball pulled away late from Northside Brennan for a 64-52 victory Thursday night in the state semifinals.
Gabe Lilly added 18 points and Trent Brinkley scored 12 for Kimball (23-9), which is trying to become the first team to win three consecutive official 4A state championships since Houston Wheatley in 1968-1970.
Dallas South Oak Cliff won four straight titles from 2005-2008 but was later forced to forfeit two of those championships, which are no longer recognized by the University Interscholastic League.
Frazier and Lilly combined for six 3-pointers for Kimball.
John Azzinaro scored 25 points for Brennan (39-3), which came in to its first state tournament as the No. 1 team in 4A. A San Antonio-area team hasn't played won a state championship on the court since John Jay in 2002. Sam Houston lost to Dallas South Oak Cliff in 2005 but was later awarded that season's championship when South Oak Cliff was forced for forfeit the title.
Both teams started slow. Frazier, a 6-foot-6 guard who is scheduled to play in the McDonald's All-American game in April, was scoreless in the first quarter. Brennan led 13-8 before the scoring picked up in the second behind a barrage of 3-pointers by Kimball.
D'Angelo Allen made consecutive 3-pointers and Lilly scored eight points in a row. Frazier's first basket of the game, a 3-pointer from the right wing, pushed Kimball to a 30-21 lead late in the second. Brennan was 0-7 shooting 3-pointers in the half and Kimball led 32-26 to start the third quarter.
Frazier badly misfired on 3-pointer to start the third but then found his stroke. He made three 3-pointers, drawing a technical foul for taunting after one of them, to push Kimball to a 42-37 lead. Azzinaro scored seven points in the third for Brennan, which pulled with 43-41 before Allen tipped in a lob pass at the buzzer.
A dunk by Brinkley and a fast break layup by Lilly quickly pushed Kimball's lead to eight in the opening seconds of the fourth. Brennan managed to cut the lead to four but never threatened the take the lead in the final quarter.
Brennan shot just 32 percent for the game and 1 of 16 on 3-pointers. Kimball shot 40 percent with eight 3-pointers.