By Brett Dolan

Austin, Texas

The North Shore Mustangs claimed a state basketball championship for the Houston ISD schools Saturday night at the Erwin Center in Austin with a 57-45 win over Converse Judson in the 5A game. The title was the first ever in school history.

Earlier in the day, the Yates Lions lost the 3A title game to Dallas Madison 82-70.

The Mustangs opened up a seven point lead over Judson after the first quarter and never looked back, handing the Rockets just their second loss of the season.

North Shore Coach David Green earned his first state title while leading his fourth different school to the state tournament. The squad finished 35-3.

Three Mustangs scored in double figures including Jarrey Foster, who was named the Most Valuable Player with a 16 point performance. Kerwin Roach added 15 and the coaches’ son, Brandon Green, contributed 11.

The day was as painful for the Yates Lions as it was gratifying for North Shore. Yates suffered its third consecutive defeat in the state championship game.

The Lions forced 34 Madison turnovers but shot a miserable 35.6% from the field including just 4-24 from three point range.

“Some of the shots we normally make we got away from,” explained Yates Coach Greg Wise. “In the heat of the game we got carried away and took some shots we don’t normally take.”

Houston commit J.C. Washington led Yates with 20 points while Damion Lewis scored 18. Yates finished 24-9 on the season.


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