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Lake Highlands denies Beaumont United Three-Peat Opportunity, Wins 6A Title

The Lake Highlands Wildcats after a long hiatus have returned to the mountaintop, securing their first state championship since 1968.

“It’s unbelievable,” Joe Duffield, Lake Highlands head coach said post-game. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team, our players, our coaching staff, and our community. So thankful for everybody from Lake Highlands making the trip down. We live in a special place with a special school and community, and they showed up and they had our back.”

The Timberwolves came out on a tear, scoring eight of the first 11 points in the 6A final for Texas men’s basketball. 

Lake Highlands did tied it up at five, before both teams scored nine more the rest of the first quarter en route to a 17-17 tie heading into the second.

The next quarter provided more of the same. Both teams went blow-for-blow, keeping it tight throughout the entirety of the first half. 

Beaumont United kept their momentum rolling into the second. Leading by as much as nine in the quarter, 26-17, the Timberwolves looked to be heading into the locker room leading big. 

But from there the Wildcats got an 10-5 edge over BU to trail heading into the locker room 31-25. 

Beaumont United stayed the course though, keeping their lead around five with just under six minutes to go into the third. 

It really took until the final three minutes in the quarter for Lake Highlands to begin to chip into their deficit, and when they did the Wildcats did so emphatically: going on an 11-0 run, Lake Highlands headed into the final quarter of last Saturday’s 6A state championship game leading 42-37. 

Beaumont United never saw the lead again. The Wildcats used both good defense and looks to outpace the Timberwolves 13-7 en route to a 55-44 win in the 6A final for men’s basketball.

Tre Johnson was named last Saturday’s 6A final MVP, scoring 29 points at the Alamodome. The junior did so on 47% shooting from the field, also picking up eight rebounds, and two steals. 

Johnson was one of five Wildcats to finish with a +/- of 11 or 12. 

With the 55-44 victory over BU, Lake Highlands has won their second state championship. The did so in only their second tournament appearance, last making the final four in Texas in 1968. That season the Wildcats won state, doing so when Lake Highlands were still in 3A (at that point, 4A was the highest division in Texas).

The Wildcats went 34-3 over the season, winning 24 straight games en route to their 6A state championship victory.

On the other end, the Timberwolves looked to become another program in Texas to three-peat, etching Beaumont United in Texas basketball history. 

And while they played hard for three and half quarters, Lake Highlands took control the rest of the way, denying BU the opportunity to three-peat in men’s basketball.

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