Mumford misses the last train to Clarksville
A physical Clarksville team beat up Mumford 65-47 in the Class A, Division I finals of UIL state tournament Saturday morning at the Frank Erwin Center.
An enthusiastic 7,946 early bird fans witnessed Mumford’s first loss of the season after 37 straight w ins. The Mustangs were the lone unbeaten team in the entire tournament in the first appearance for the 10-year-old program.
“They were pretty athletic and big,” said Mumford’s 5-foot- 8 senior point guard Robert Galicia. “They cut most of our stuff off. They bodied us up a little bit.
“It was just a little tough.”
Clarksville knocked Rockdale out of the 1995 semifinals en route to their first state championship.
The Tigers famously fell to a San Antonio Cole squad in the 1989 finals when they had no answer for Cole’s center—Shaquille O’Neal.
Clarksville is moving back up to 2A next season.
In the one area the Mustangs needed to concentrate on against the larger Tigers—rebounding— they fell short, being beaten badly 41-26 on the boards.
“That’s one thing we couldn’t allow,” Mumford Coach Chris Sodek said. “In the third and fourth quarter, they really domi- nated us.”
Clarksville collected 19 boards off the offensive glass.
Championship game MVP Jarrian Roberts led the sweep with a game high 13 rebounds, which contributed to the 6-foot-2 postman’s game-high 23 points.
Mumford’s 6-foot-3 freshman center LaKendric Hyson countered with 19 points and seven boards. Hyson also punched in 19 points in the semifinals.
Mumford leader Aubrie King struggled to get untracked and finished with 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 0-for-4 from the three-point line.
Boosted by his 16-point, seven rebound, three steal performance in the semifinals win over Kerens, King and Hyson were named to the all-tournament team.
Clarksville’s game plan was clear from the opening tip—they were going to hound the 6-foot-6 sophomore and his 18 points and 12 rebounds a game all over the court and beyond.
Before the opening tip, Clarksville’s H.B. Rosser got in King’s face and as they ran downcourt, put his hand over King’s face, faceguarding him.
A stern warning from the official ended the faceguarding, but Rosser continued to stick to King everywhere he went.
“Our game plan from the getgo was to pressure, pressure, pressure,” said Clarksville Coach Walker Nicholls. “ They didn’t have a whole lot of depth. We wanted to wear them down.”
“They played some really good defense,” Sodek said. “ They are very athletic and they just keep coming at you with a deep bench.”
Mumford played just six players with the game on the line, while Clarksville was able to count on nine players to turn in significant minutes.
The 47 points is the second lowest score for Mumford this year.
Despite shooting poorly in the first half, missing 14 of 20 shots, the Mustangs hung close and trailed just 28-24 at intermission.
Mumford continued to stay in step with Clarksville and Hyson’s jumper with 3 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter kept them within 34-30.
However, sloppy ball handling and shot after missed shot fueled Clarksville’s 17-1 run and provided them with a 51-31 lead with 5:32 remaining to be played.
Mumford went 6:15 between buckets before Quincy Lewis’ jump shot halted the drought to make it 51-33 with 5:18 showing.
Mumford totaled an uncharacteristic 15 turnovers and were also 2- of-12 from behind the three-point arc.
“There were times early in the game when it looked like they were going to run off on us a little bit,” Sodek said. “At halftime, we think we’ve got a shot. Credit them in the second half. They got up in us and took us out of our game.”
Clarksville 65, Mumford 47
MUMFORD (37-1) — Hyson, LaKendric 6-13 7-10 19; King, Aubrie 3-14 4-4 10; Galicia, Robert 1-4 4-4 6; Sustaita, Josh 2- 6 0- 0 6; Lewis, Quincy 3-8 0- 0 6; Pompa, William 0-1 0- 0 0; Stratta, Steven 0- 0 0- 0 0; Evans, Ruben 0- 0 0- 0 0; Smitherman, Seth 0- 0 0- 0 0. Totals 15-46 15-18 47.
CLARKSVILLE (31-5) — Edwards, Radonte 8-12 3-4 23; Roberts, Jarrian 10-21 0- 0 20; Rosser, HB 4-8 1-2 10; Beaty, Quinton 2- 6 1-2 7; Moore, Gary 2-10 1-2 5; Savage, Tyus 0-1 0- 0 0; Alexander, Jordan 0-1 0- 0 0; Hobbs, Lonnie 0-2 0- 0 0; Mitchell, Chris 0-1 0- 0 0. Totals 26- 62 6-10 65. Mumford 10 14 6 17—47 Clarksville 18 10 14 23— 65 Att-7,946