AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Senior guard Phil Forte scored 24 points as Flower Mound Marcus rallied from a 7-point second half deficit to defeat Fort Bend Travis 56-52 Saturday night in Austin for its second straight Class 5A boys basketball state championship.
Forte earned tournament MVP honors, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. His fellow Oklahoma State signee, McDonald’s All-American Marcus Smart, added 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Future New Mexico Lobo Nick Banyard provided an inside presence for the Marauders, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, as Marcus survived a 23-point performance by Andrew Harrison, the top-ranked junior in Texas.
Marcus is the first Class 5A school in Texas to win back-to-back state titles and play in three straight state tournaments.
Marcus 56 Fort Bend Travis 52
Kimball 78 Houston Yates 75
Argyle 44 Corpus Christi Miller 33
White Oak 61 Brock 53