CHAMPIONS: Cole boys defeat Tatum, win first state title since 1989

One year after COVID-19 ended season, Cougars win Class 3A State Championship Game

For the first time since 1989, the Cole Cougars boys basketball team are state champions, defeating Tatum in the UIL Class 3A championship game in the Alamodome on Friday afternoon.

SAN ANTONIO – The Cole boys have reached the top of the high school basketball mountain.

On the exact anniversary of the 2020 University Interscholastic League (UIL) state tournament’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the Cougars used a third-quarter surge to knock off Tatum in the Class 3A State Championship Game at the Alamodome, 77-60.

Trailing 9-7 after one quarter of play, Cole found some separation in the second quarter. Junior guards Trey Blackmore and Silas Livingston broke a 14-14 tie with an 11-3 run, and the Cougars headed into halftime with a 30-25 lead. Cole then outscored Tatum 31-12 in the third quarter, providing all the separation they would need to cruise to the title. Blackmore finished with a game-high 34 points. Livingston tallied 24.

This is the program’s first state championship since Shaquille O’Neal led the Cougars to the Class 3A title in 1989.

The Cole boys basketball team poses with the UIL Class 3A state championship trophy after defeating Tatum in the title game on March 12, 2021. (KSAT)

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Daniel P. Villanueva has been with KSAT 12 since 2003 and is the producer of our weekly sports show, "Instant Replay." Villanueva is a graduate of St. Mary's University and is a TAPB and Lone Star Emmy award winner.