EL PASO, Texas — The UIL Boys State Basketball playoffs are officially underway, with several El Paso-area schools booking tickets to the regional round.
The Chapin Huskies, ranked 12th in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’, outshot Horizon 70-52 to win their third straight bi-district title. The Huskies took a 17-2 lead and never looked back against the Scorpions.
But Chapin’s victory did not come without controversy.
In the 4th quarter, with the game essentially decided, Chapin’s superstar keeper KJ Lewis was whistled for an offensive foul pushing away a defender as he headed for a lay-up. It was Lewis’ fifth foul, knocking him out.
However, Lewis’ mother was ejected from the stands by an official for contesting the call. Consequently, Lewis was himself ejected from the match by another official following a foul.
It is unclear what Lewis said to the official to justify his expulsion.
Lewis, who is a consensus National Top 50 rookie in the Class of 2023, will be forced to miss the team round game due to ejection, according to a PISD official during the game.
After the match, Chapin’s coach Rodney Lewis was unsure whether Lewis would be available or not.
Also in the Northeast, Parkland beat Burges 42-41 to claim their respective bi-district title.
Parkland postman Tyrone McDuffie, who holds multiple FBS offers as an offensive lineman, was fouled in a tie with 0.2 seconds left.
McDuffie casually went to the line and casually hit first for the win.
Chapin 70 – Horizon 52
Park 42 – Burges 41
Andrews 38 – Fabens 34
Greenwood 59 – Harmony Academy 38
Tornillo 71 – La Mesa 46