Travis Advances To Second Straight State Title Game
Fort Bend Travis brought two of the best basketball players in the country to Austin. One more game will decide if the Tigers have the best team in Texas.
Aaron Harrison scored 19 points and his twin brother Andrew scored 18 and Fort Bend Travis (32-5) earned a return trip to the Class 5A championship game with a 60-52 win over Richardson Berkner on Friday night.
The senior twins are rated as two of the best players in the country and have signed with Kentucky. They shook off a 3-of-20 shooting start and took take over the game in the second half. They finished with a flurry, showing off a pair of high-flying alley-oop dunks in the final two minutes
Kendal Harris scored to 11 points lead Berkner (33-6).
Andrew Harrison added seven assists and Aaron had a team-high eight rebounds. The twins also went 19 of 23 from the free throw line.
The brothers are McDonald's All-Americans and came to Austin expecting to stand out at a tournament that annually showcases some of the top talent in the country. Before their game, the Harrisons watched a Class 1A semifinal and posed for several pictures with fans who asked for them.
The game wasn't so casual at the start.
Travis lost in the 5A final last season and may have been pressing to get the return appearance. Travis started slow as Berkner raced to an early 9-2 lead and the Tigers missed 12 of their first 14 shots. Travis tightened things up the in the second and two 3-pointers from Tyronne Jordan pulled the Tigers within 20-18.
Berkner closed the quarter with a 26-22 lead when Keenan Evans drove the lane for a contested layup with 6 seconds left in the half. Travis shot just 21 percent in the first half but kept it close with 10 of 11 shooting from the free throw line.
The Harrisons finally found their shooting touch in the third to give Travis its first lead.
Andrew Harrison tied it at 32 with a layup and Aaron's two-handed baseline dunk put Travis ahead. Andrew ended the third with a spinning layup in the lane with 6 seconds left that made it 38-34.
The duo kept pouring it on the fourth and the two dunks by Aaron on floating passes from Andrew were the highlight plays of the first two days of the state tournament.
Fort Bend Travis shot just 34 percent but limited its mistakes with just six turnovers.
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