Mustangs take second in state basketball at Austin's Erwin Center Singletary, Wise, Heis and James lead playoff point effort The Kingwood High School Mustangs lost the 5A State Championship to the Duncanville Panthers this past Saturday after an inspiring, nearly undefeated, season. The Mustangs, led by Coach Royce Huseman, were ultimately defeated, only their third loss all year, in their final game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 10. The Mustangs trounced their first round opponent on Friday, bringing the large contingent of Kingwood fans to their feet repeatedly. On Saturday night, during the title game, turnovers and fouls proved to be the team's undoing. During the final game's first quarter, the game was tight, with six of the 12 points coming from Mike Singletary, a senior guard for the team. Dondre Wise, also a senior guard, scored the only three pointer in the first quarter and Brian Heis, a senior center, contributed the other three points. The first quarter ended with Duncanville leading 13-12. In the second quarter, Duncanville took the lead which lasted throughout most of the game. Kingwood had four turnovers and scored just eight points. Duncanville’s layups, mostly contributed by Kevin Butler, a junior forward, drove Duncanville to a 32-20 lead. Duncanville furthered the gap during the third quarter with three crucial steals and taking more rebounds than Kingwood. Kingwood’s only two points during the quarter were from a layup by Trevin Harris, a senior guard. The score going into the fourth quarter was 39-22, the biggest spread throughout the game between the teams. Both teams played well during the fourth quarter, but it was Duncanville who eventually won 60-46. Kingwood knew their chances were slipping away after a Singletary turnover lead to a D’Walyn Roberts slam dunk. Although Kingwood lost to Duncanville, the team dominated during the semi-finals on Friday against the Mavericks of San Antonio’s Madison High School. Kingwood’s first 30 points all came from three pointers. Trumaine Johnson, a senior guard, scored four and Nick James, a junior forward, scored three for the Mustangs. The first quarter ended with Kingwood leading 24-8. The Mustangs scored 12 more points in the second quarter and the Madison Maverick’s answered with 16 points to end the quarter at 36-24. Notable players for Kingwood during the second quarter included Singletary and Johnson for their point contribution. The Mustangs played well in the third quarter with excellent passing and four steals. Harris had two steals and scored seven of the 13 points for Kingwood. The Mavericks battled back during the final quarter, but Kingwood still reigned supreme. Kingwood made all but one of their free throws down the stretch and won the game with a nine point lead of 64-55. Kingwood then advanced to their third consecutive appearance at the 5A state championship, a feat unprecedented at this level. But victory was not to be. Governor Rick Perry placed silver medals around the necks of the disappointed Kingwood team members while the gold went to Duncanville. The Mustangs ended their season with a second place finish in the 5A state championship and with an impressive year-long record of 39-3. Photos by Wilson Calvert

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