Booker T. Washington’s historic season ends in the regional finals

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The Booker T. Washington boys basketball team had a historic 2022 season. The Eagles made their first appearance at the regional tournament in 27 years.

The crowd traveled to Lufkin for the 4a Regional Finals. No. 3 in the state, Booker T. Washington, plays No. 2 in the state, Silsbee, with a state tournament berth for the winner.

Booker T. has won 18 consecutive times and has not appeared in the regional tournament since 1995. Silsbee started 11-6. Then the Eagles started clicking.

Junior Andre Walker II burned in the first quarter. Walker connects with four 3s in the opening stages. Junior Kenneth Lewis chipped to 11 in the first quarter. Lewis finished the game with a game-high 29 points. Washington led 33-21 after the first quarter.

Walker scores in the second quarter just before the buzzer to give the Eagles a 49-41 halftime lead. Andre ended the 1st half with 21 points.

Booker T. was outplayed by Silsbee 23-9 in the third quarter. The worst part for Washington came late in the third quarter when the Tigers tied on three. Silsbee led 64-58 after three.

In the fourth quarter, sophomore Christopher McDermott kept the game tight as eight of his 16 points came in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 72 with a minute and 30 seconds until the Tigers scored four straight points that proved to be the difference. Silsbee wins and advances to the state tournament for the 9th time in school history with a score of 80-74.

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Dais Johnston

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