The TAPPS boys basketball state tournament concluded on Saturday, and locations in Mansfield, Arlington and Fort Worth were the epicenters for 10 teams that entertained thousands of fans.
Of those 10 teams, five walked away with the gold-ball, TAPPS state championship trophies. Two of Saturday's winners dethroned defending state champions. Here are the results from TAPPS 5A, 3A, 2A and 1A state-championship games.
TAPPS 5A: HOUSTON ST. THOMAS 76, PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN 57
St. Thomas put on a scoring clinic in the second half en route to dominating the defending TAPPS 5A state champs at Summit High School, the only Mansfield ISD school located in south Arlington, Texas.
St. Thomas (29-10) outscored Prestonwood, 49-30, in the third and fourth quarters. Prestonwood struggled mightily in the third quarter after its big-man tandem of star 2013 Julius Randle and Kansas commitment Zach Peters were in foul trouble. St. Thomas outscored Prestonwood, 19-5, in the quarter after the teams were tied at 27 at the half.
St. Thomas guards Chase Brogna and Christian Sanders combined for 47 of St. Thomas' 76 points. Brogna led the team with 25. Randle had 14 points to lead Prestonwood (26-11), which fell short in its mission to repeat as state champion.
TAPPS 3A: THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN 72, WACO TEXAS CHRISTIAN 49
Under the tutelage of head coach Reid Gettys, The Woodlands Christian captured its third consecutive TAPPS state championship in comfortable fashion at Legacy High School.
The Woodlands Christian only led by six at the end of the first quarter, but it stretched its lead with strong second-quarter and third-quarter showings. Texas Christian was outscored, 25-11, in the third.
Stewart Gettys, son of the coach and former member of Houston's legendary Phi Slama Jama unit, had 17 points to lead The Woodlands Christian. Austin Ondrej, Xavier Denton and Noah Wible had 10 points each for Texas Christian.
TAPPS 2A: KINGWOOD NORTHEAST CHRISTIAN 42, WACO VANGUARD 28
Northeast Christian won its third consecutive TAPPS 2A championship at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. In doing so, the Warriors arguably played its best defensive game of the year.
NCA (35-2) gave up only 18 points in the last three quarters, using a smothering defense and solid rebounding. The Warriors controlled the tempo and relied on its only senior, Chris Patureau to take care of business on offense and pull off the victory.
Patureau had 15 points, and Jake Strother added 11 for NCA, which made its ninth state-tournament appearance in the last 11 years. Pfavery Bennett finished with 10 points for Vanguard (24-9).
TAPPS A: BOERNE GENEVA 61, SPRING PROVIDENCE CLASSICAL 54
Geneva outscored Providence, 18-9, in the fourth quarter to overcome a two-point deficit and win a TAPPS championship.
Providence jumped out to a 17-13 lead in the first quarter, and the teams went back and forth in the second. Geneva led, 32-30, at the half, but Providence led, 45-43, entering the final quarter. Geneva stepped its game up a level in the final period, capitalizing on its own opportunities, as well as Providence miscues.
Nick Thornton led Geneva with 21 points. Alan Songer was Providence's high-point man, as he finished with 17 points.