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Intensity 12U nab TAAF state girls basketball title, Warrior 10U boys edged in title game

March 19, 2019

Two Deer Park youth basketball teams traveled to Longview this past weekend for the annual Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) state youth basketball championships.

With both clinching berths in their respective state championship games for their age group, the Deer Park Intensity 12-and-under girls squad captured the Division 3 state championship with a heart-pounding 34-33 win over the Texas City Hoopsters at Longview Spring Hill High School.

The Intensity was lumped in with the Stephenville Warriors and a squad from Commerce to form Pool A. The Hoopsters came from Pool B that featured the Stephenville Hawks and the League City Black Widows.

The Intensity came away unscathed in Pool A action, defeating Commerce 35-11 and the Stephenville Warriors 24-17.

Then in the single elimination bracket round, Deer Park ousted the Stephenville Hawks 40-33 in the semifinals, earning their ticket to the state title game.

The Hoopsters came into the championship game averaging 41 points for their three previous contests, but the Intensity held them eight points below their average to claim the title.

On the boys’ side, the Deer Park Warriors, fresh from winning the 10-and-under city championship at the Earl Dunn Center on Feb. 24, lost to the League City Yellowjackets 32-29 in the 10U Division 3 state championship game at the Longview High School freshman gym.

The Warriors were in Pool A with those same Yellowjackets along with the Greenville Fighting Illini and the San Antonio Hot Shots.

Pool B featured the Greenville Buckeyes, the Hutto Wolverines, the Aubrey 380 Bengals Platinum and the Texas City Kings.

The Warriors began pool play Saturday morning by defeating the Greenville Fighting Illini 36-22, coming back five hours later to knock off the San Antonio Hot Shots 34-22.

Then with just a two-hour break, Deer Park began the single elimination bracket play by stopping the Aubrey 380 Bengals Platinum 36-14.

After an exhaustive three games in one day, Deer Park returned late Sunday morning for a semifinal showdown with the Texas City Kings, winning it 27-10.

It was a great effort on the defensive side for the Warriors because the Kings averaged 30 points in their previous two games.

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