Cy Falls Boys Win First-Ever State Basketball Title
The Cypress Falls High School boys’ basketball team came back from a first-half deficit and survived a late-game run by San Antonio Wagner to win the school’s first-ever UIL Class 6A state championship, 63-57, on March 11 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Golden Eagles (35-3) capped a historic season in dramatic fashion, rebounding from a 19-11 disadvantage to take control in the second and third quarters and distance themselves from the Thunderbirds.
Wagner came within 3 points in the fourth quarter, but clutch free-throw shooting from Cypress Falls (32 of 40 for 80 percent) sealed the result.
“[I’m feeling] everything. Every emotion,” said Coach Rich Flores. “We squeezed everything out of this basketball season that we could. It was so much fun to be able to practice with these guys on the very last day of the season and take the title here today.
“Hard work pays off,” Flores continued. “It was the togetherness and toughness we talked about. Genuinely caring for each other, wanting your teammates to succeed. We preached those things to our players, and if they were willing to buy in we knew there were no limits. I’m just glad we could represent Houston and bring one back.”
Cypress Falls High School junior Nigel Hawkins was named the MVP with an 18-point, 4-steal performance in which he shot 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.
“Ever since last year when we got knocked out, this was one of my goals,” Hawkins said. “I put it above my bed on a note card. I worked hard for it. It’s a blessing and I couldn’t do it without my teammates. I think it’s going to hit me harder later.”
Junior teammate Trajan Wesley led all scorers with 20 points on an emotional date. His late mother, Monica, passed away 10 years ago to the day on March 11, 2007.
“I can’t explain it,” he said. “Even though she couldn’t be here, she was here in spirit. This is for her.”
Flores, whose wife, Virginia, coached the Cypress Woods Lady Wildcats to the girls’ state championship in 2015, thanked the Golden Eagle faithful for filling the Alamodome with loud cheers.
“It was a great moment for our kids, but also for our fans,” he said. “It was great to see so much green and gold out there and the support we had. A lot of people drove in today just to see this game. They stepped up for us.”
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