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Three area boys basketball teams enter the Alamodome this week two wins away from claiming UIL state titles. Two return from last year’s tournament, while the third is making program history by just taking the court.
See scores below, followed by a preview of each game.
CLASS 3A - COLE 53, HITCHCOCK 49
In their fourth straight UIL State Tournament appearance, the Cole Cougars wasted little time setting the tone. Seniors Silas Livingston and Trey Blackmore keyed a commanding 16-0 run to open the game, and Dre Ray dazzled with an emphatic slam dunk in the third quarter, as Cole defeated Hitchcock 53-49 in the Class 3A semifinals on Friday afternoon. The Cougars will next play Dallas Madison in the Class 3A State championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m.
CLASS 5A - MANSFIELD TIMBERVIEW 55, BOERNE CHAMPION 43
In the program’s first UIL State tournament appearance, Boerne Champion proved they could compete with Texas’ best. Their effort simply wasn’t enough to pull out a victory. Junior Braden Baum scored a game-high 23 points in a 55-43 loss.
CLASS 4A - BOERNE (32-6) VS. WICHITA FALLS HIRSCHI (28-6)
Boerne wasn’t satisfied with last year’s run to the state tournament. The Greyhounds are back once again thanks to some late-game dramatics in the Class 4A Regional Final. Boerne defeated Somerset for the second straight year -- this time in overtime -- to secure their second-straight spot in the final four.
Senior Devin Styles continued to lead the way for Boerne’s offense. In a season where he scored his 1,000th career point for the Greyhounds, Styles is averaging 19 points per game, more than double the next closest scorer on the active roster. Barrett Pape and Houston Hendrix add secondary options with 9.1 and 7.9 points per game respectively. Their first opponent, Wichita Falls Hirschi, is making school history, advancing to state for the first time since 1988.
Tipoff against the Huskies is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, and the winner will face off against Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy (34-4) or Silsbee (32-6) for the 4A title.
Keep up with the latest scoring updates on the BGC page and stay tuned for highlights and reaction from all three games!
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