For the second season in-a-row, the TK Gorman boys basketball team came up short in the TAPPS 4A state semifinals. Just like last year, Lubbock Trinity Christian sent the Crusaders packing, winning 54-37. Gorman was hoping to take advantage of a raucous home crowd at UT-Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center. It seemed like the entire Gorman and St. Gregory student bodies were there, jumping, chanting and cheering on their team. In the first quarter, the Crusaders seemed to feed off that crowd. 6'8" junior post John Huber dropped in a bucket in the paint to put Gorman up by three. But Huber and fellow post player Chris Brunson found themselves in foul trouble. The Runnin' Lions took advantage of their absence and reluctance to foul, continuously driving the paint. Everett Phipps was the main beneficiary, leading all scorers with 15 points, most of which, coming in the paint. Reagan Pearson had 12 points for Trinity. Dylan Floyd was the only Crusader to reach double figures, with 10 points.
"I'm very proud of our guys," said Gorman coach Joey Martin. "They played hard all the way through the whole game. They never gave up. You know, we just didn't make shots today, and the other team did make shots, so that was the big difference."
"TK Gorman is an excellent team," Trinity head coach Todd Duncan said after the game. "We're very fortunate to play as well as we did. Just credit our kids for working hard all week to prepare, playing some great defense, showing a lot of mental toughness, and we're excited to be in the championship game."
Trinity will play Houston Cypress Community in the state championship game Saturday at 11:45. The Crusaders end their season with a 24-9 record.
Kevin Berns reporting.