ALAMODOME, March 13, 2022 - Basketball fans around Texas had yet to come down Saturday morning from Clourd 9 performances by 1A Graford's point guards (see below) when along came 2A Clarendon's LaMarcus Penigar to send fans to new highs.
As though to say "one is enough," Penigar took charge of the Broncos battle with Lipan in the third quarter and continued on his scoring spree until he had 41 points in Clarendon's repeat title win over Lipan, 65-51. Penigar's feat was the first 40 + performance in his class in a state tournament since 1964.
Penigar hit six 3-pointers (five in the third) on his way to the 41, to which he added 8 rebounds and three assists for the game.
Lipan's high hopes of a 40-0 perfect season were shot down by Penigar and his teammates, who hit 51% of their shots from the floor.
Graford's sterling performers. . .
One cannot rightfully make the claim that any two ball handlers are the very best, over and above , that is, any other two on any other team in a state basketball tournament.
But one can honestly opine that there is not any duo any better than a pair on one team.
For Graford, that duo would be seniors Marc Matthews and Teagan Ford. What a joy to watch them execute their exceptional skills!
Matthews (14) and Ford (15) combined for 29 points , Texline's Will Luther's totaled 25 points, tops for the game.
Matthews was named the final's MVP .
Graford started well and had a seven point lead at half time, 23-16. But Texline came back to be up by two, 33-31, as quarter three closed out.
With 2:09 left in the fourth, a Matthews layup regained the lead forGraford at 40-39.
Sophomore Connor Waters closed out the game with two free thrrows, sealing the Graford victory.
Beaumont United Repeats in 5A, 62-52 over Mansfield Timberview; Duncanville Three-Peats (6 overall) in 6A, 69-48 over McKinney; Faith Family defeats Hirschi, 76-50, for 4A Crown