Derrick Griffin had a dominating performance with 26 points and 14 rebounds, leading Rosenberg Terry over two-time defending champion Dallas Kimball 55-47 Saturday for the Class 4A state title.
Terry (31-9) trailed 23-7 in the first quarter, then roared back behind Griffin, who out-dueled Kimball's Keith Frazier, who scored 24 points.
Griffin was 11 of 20 shooting, with no basket bigger than his rebound and reverse layup after a missed free throw that gave Terry a 52-47 lead with 58 seconds left. Terry closed out the win behind three free throws from Eugene Wright and Dimetri Amerson.
Terry went 15 of 28 from the line. Kimball (23-10) took just four free throws the entire game and didn't score over the final 3 minutes, 45 seconds. Frazier didn't score in the final six minutes
Wright finished with 10 points for Terry, which won its first state title in its first state tournament. Kimball was trying to become the first team to win three consecutive official 4A state championships since Houston Wheatley in 1968-1970. Dallas South Oak Cliff won four straight titles from 2005-2008 but was later forced to forfeit two of those championships, which are no longer recognized by the University Interscholastic League.
The game started slow with the teams missing the first 16 shots of the game before the first half turned into a duel between Frazier and Griffin.
Griffin scored Terry's first points on a dunk that Frazier followed with a 3-pointer as Kimball took a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
Kimball made four more 3-pointers in the second, three by Frazier. The Knights built a 23-7 lead before Terry rallied with an 8-0 run started with a 3-pointer by Griffin. Frazier scored 15 in the half and Griffin scored 13 as Kimball took a 28-20 lead into the third quarter.
Griffin scored six of Terry's first eight points after halftime and Terry led 37-35 to start the fourth. Kimball led 47-42 before Terry's Drake James made a 3-pointer, his only basket of the game, and Wright tied it with two free throws.
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