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Madison's repeat bid falls short in 3A final

3/13/2010

Dallas Madison’s bid for a second consecutive Class 3A boys state basketball title was derailed by Lubbock Estacado, 69-63, at the UIL State Championships on Saturday morning.

A cold-shooting second quarter was Madison’s undoing before 9,948 fans at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center.

Madison missed three shots and turned the ball over three times in a scoreless final three minutes of the second quarter. Madison also failed to score in the opening three minutes of that quarter, missing nine shots.

The title was sweet revenge for Estacado, which lost to Madison in overtime, 68-66, in the 2009 state title game.

Madison, (29-9), No. 1 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ 3A state rankings, had a two-year playoff streak of 11 consecutive wins end.

Estacado (33-4) never trailed after the 3:03 mark of the second quarter, but a 13-point lead in the third period was whittled to two twice in the fourth quarter, the last time on a basket by Kristapher Gulley with 19 seconds remaining. Gulley led Madison with 20 points.

Kevin Wagner and Barry Johnson each sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to clinch the win for Estacado.

Forward Clarence Willard led all scorers with 23 points for Estacado, No. 3 in the TABC state rankings.

Gulley and teammate Tevin Harris each had 10 rebounds.

Madison’s 46-31 rebound edge was offset by Estacado’s better shooting and lower turnover totals.