By Brett Dolan

The Houston area will be represented by two teams competing for state basketball titles Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Yates claimed an 86-79 semi-final victory Thursday over Kennedale in 3A action. The Lions reached the championship game for the fifth time in six years. The high scoring Yates team will be looking to avenge losses in the state final each of the last two seasons.

North Shore punched its ticket to Saturday with a hard fought 48-45 victory over DeSoto Friday afternoon.

The Mustangs had balanced scoring with three players reaching double figures including Jarrey Foster with 12. Brandon Etienne and Jalin Hart each contributed 11.

North Shore trailed by three points at the half and by two after three quarters. The Mustangs shot just 26 percent for the game but forced 26 DeSoto turnovers.

“After the first quarter I told my teammates that they (Eagles) are turning the ball over,” Etienne said. “They can’t handle it.”

The coaches’ son, Brandon Green agreed. “Our coach (David Green) says offense wins game but defense wins championships. That’s what we are trying to do.”

North Shore will play for the championship in prime time in the 5A title game, scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Yates will meet Dallas Madison at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.


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