The Dallas Morning News

Area again looks like the class of 5A

Local title contenders are led by the state’s three top-ranked teams

- By GREG RIDDLE Staff Writer griddle@dallasnews.com Twitter: DMNGregRid­dle

A Dallas-area boys basketball team has won the state championsh­ip in the UIL’s second-largest classifica­tion four years in a row. There’s a good chance that streak gets extended to five.

Eight of the top 11 teams in the Texas Associatio­n of Basketball Coaches Class 5A state rankings are from the Dallas area. That includes the top three teams in the state — No. 1 Waxahachie, No. 2 Justin Northwest and No. 3 Mansfield Timberview.

Teams that have won the last three 5A state championsh­ips are all currently in District 10-5A — 2017 state champion Timberview and Lancaster, winner of the 2015 and 2016 titles. All four playoff teams from that district are ranked in the top 11 in the state, with district champion Waxahachie and runner-up Timberview joined by No. 3 seed Midlothian (No. 11 in the state) and No. 4 seed Lancaster (No. 9).

That district should have the 10-5A teams well prepared for the heavyweigh­t matchups that could await in the second round of the playoffs. Waxahachie (27-4), led by West Texas A&M signee Mar’Qualen Grant, Montre Gipson and Drake pledge Larry Wise, may face 2014 state champion Kimball (19-11).

Timberview (27-6), led by Rice signee Chris Mullins (18.1 points per game) and Fresno State signee Isaac Likekele (17.6), could play District 115A champion South Oak Cliff (22-8 and ranked No. 14 in the state) in the second round. Midlothian (23-10) and TCU signee Kaden Archie could battle District 12-5A champion Woodrow Wilson (18-4 and No. 8 in the state).

 ?? Steve Hamm/Special Contributo­r ?? Guard Mar’Qualen Grant and Waxahachie begin the Class 5A playoffs ranked No. 1 in the state, with Justin Northwest No. 2 and Mansfield Timberview No. 3.
Steve Hamm/Special Contributo­r Guard Mar’Qualen Grant and Waxahachie begin the Class 5A playoffs ranked No. 1 in the state, with Justin Northwest No. 2 and Mansfield Timberview No. 3.

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