San Antonio, TX - DeSoto, long known for locking down opponents with its defense, put the shackles on another opponent Saturday night.
This time it was against previously unbeaten Humble Atascocita, and this time the DeSoto defense locked up a Class 6A state championship at the Alamodome.
The 73-54 victory over Atascocita, set up by an 18-0 run to close the first half, gave DeSoto (36-2) its third state title. Tristen Wallace, DeSoto's quarterback in the fall, had a monster game with 25 points and nine rebounds and was named the game MVP. McDonald's All-American center Marques Bolden led the defensive charge with six blocks.
The game was tied at 15-15 early in the second quarter and looked destined for a photo finish. But then DeSoto started playing defense that was nearly picture perfect.
DeSoto held Atascocita scoreless for the final 6:43 of the half, and while its defense shut things down, the DeSoto offense opened up. Jordan Berry hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then Wallace hit a pair of shots to open a 25-15 lead. Brandon Butler got a steal and layup, Berry found Bolden for a dunk and then Wallace, who had 13 points and five rebounds in the first half, followed with two more buckets to give DeSoto a 33-15 lead.
The half ended, fittingly, with another DeSoto defensive gem. Atascocita guard Brandon Brooks-Loville looked like he had an open a layup, but the 6-11 Bolden blocked it at the buzzer.
Atascocita trailed by 19 in the third quarter, but a 15-3 run got it within seven before DeSoto got back on track and took a 50-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Atascocita didn't get the lead into single digits in the final eight minutes.
Atascocita (38-1) was trying to become the first undefeated champion in the state's largest classification since Duncanville finished 39-0 in 2007.
Source: Dallas Morning News
DeSoto celebrates a 73-54 win over Humble Atascocita during the UIL boys 6A state championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 12, 2016.