Jyaire Shorter had 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Nolan Mustangs powered past the Eastern Hills Panthers 43-35 on Feb. 15 to win the Killeen ISD eighth-grade championship.
The game went back and forth, and was tied after the third quarter.
Marcus Eiland scored five points in the closing minutes, raining in a 3-point shot and following up with two clutch free throws to ice the victory.
Demontrion Curb kept the team at a steady pace with five points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Trayvon Todd (five points, four rebounds, three blocks) and Casey Armour (five points, eight rebounds, four steals) provided plenty of support until foul trouble forced them out of the game.
Shaun Holloway came off the bench and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Mustangs finished the season with a 14-1 record, the only blemish coming on a one-point loss to Temple Travis in January at the KISD Invitational Tournament.
Nolan won nine straight games to end the season with the championship.
NOLAN 8A 56, MANOR 8A 47: Trayvon Todd's double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) helped the Mustangs pull away in the third quarter en route to the championship game.
The Mustangs outscored the Rams in the quarter.
Todd also swatted three shots.
Casey Armour contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Jyaire Shorter put in nine points and dominated the glass pulling down 16 rebounds. Marcus Eiland and Demontrion Curb guided the offensive attack with five assists each, and added 14 points together. Eiland also had 10 steals.
Titus Brooks came off the bench and drained a 3-pointer. Shaun Holloway, Shamar Domonter, Zach Moody and Jean Paul Colon played valuable minutes coming off the bench to help secure the victory.
PATTERSON FALLS 30-28: Chandler Sutton scored 21 points but the Cavaliers were knocked out in the second round of the KISD championship tournament.
Other scorers for Patterson were Elwyn Rose (three points) and Elijah Hicks and Amir Davis (two each).
Other contributors were Brian Gardner, Devan Thomas, Damon Hewing, Justice Lincoln, Julien Jimenez, Jalen Clarke, Mark Davis and Javier Molina.