Monday, April 11, 2016
Lancaster Tiger Basketball Team Defends 5A State Title for Second Consecutive Year
Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Foul trouble, an injured star player and an opposing team’s roaring crowd could not stop the Lancaster High School Boy’s basketball team from defending its 5A state title. After defeating Fort Bend Elkins, with a score of 67 to 64, the Tigers recently clenched their second consecutive UIL state tournament title.
“It’s hard! Not easy at all,” Lancaster Basketball Head Coach Ferrin Douglas expressed when asked about the journey. “Winning state was always our team goal and I’m proud to say that we accomplished our goal.”
The win in San Antonio marked a 32-game winning streak for the Tigers, bringing the overall season record to 36-2. However, despite being the defending state champions and losing to no other 5A teams this year, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) ranked the Tigers No. 4 in the state of Texas before the close of the season.
“Honestly, we use team rankings as motivation,” Assistant Coach Joseph Mayberry said. “We knew we were number one. It was up to the team to believe it and work hard all the way to the state game to achieve it.”
The Tigers breezed through district 14-5A play with a 16-0 record and defeated teams during the playoffs by double digits. During the state semifinal game, the team suffered the loss of senior guard Jacolby Pemberton due to a second quarter knee injury, but went on to defeat Edinburg Vela 79-58.
“When I went down the only thing I wanted was for my team to come through for me with a win,” Pemberton said. “We worked so hard to get make it to the state tournament and I didn’t want me getting hurt to stop us.”
Coach Douglas was proud of the leadership Pemberton showcased through adversity.
Lancaster ISD honored the team with a hometown celebration pep rally at the end of March and Senator Royce West honored them as part of his Tri-City Celebration which also included the boy’s basketball teams from Lincoln High School (Dallas ISD) and Desoto High School (DeSoto ISD).
The City of Lancaster will honor the team at its next city council meeting.