Many boys basketball teams felt the heartbreak of last season’s state tournament cancellation.
Argyle (31-1) was one of them.
The Eagles made the trip down to San Antonio and were set to play in their semifinal before the suspension and eventual cancelation came down.
Saturday afternoon, Argyle finished the job it set out to complete a year ago, 49-30, over Huffman Hargrave (31-2), shutting down the Falcons in typical defensive fashion.
“We got stopped and it broke our hearts,” senior Skylar McCurry recalled from last season. “To come back here and fulfill our dreams of winning a state championship, especially our senior year, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Head coach Russell Perkins’ team never trailed in the game, holding a dynamic scoring Hargrave team to 27.8 percent shooting from the floor while shooting over 50 percent as a unit. The Eagles only trailed twice all year in the fourth quarter. Along with a stifling defense, that held Faith Family to 39 (Averaged 78 points per game) earlier in the week, Argyle’s well-rounded offensive attack proved to have too many options for Huffman Hargrave with four starters having over eight points. McCurry was named the game’s MVP with a game-high 12.
After halftime, the Falcons went on a run where they held Argyle to one point through the first four minutes of the third period and cut the deficit to seven on a fastbreak from star Jacob Harvey. It was the closest the game had been since the opening period. After the team split a free throw trip, McCurry came up with a timely corner 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 11 and the Eagles never lost their double-digit grip. It was the well-timed backbreaker that McCurry became known for this season.
“We started out so well and then I tried to coach and then it got worse,” Perkins joked. “We kind of let him go again and it was better doing that.”
Harvey averaged nearly 25 points per game this season but was held to just 12 Saturday. The Trinity signee was the focus of Argyle’s defensive efforts and the goal was to keep him off the foul line with Slate McMellian primarily defending him.
“(Harvey is) unbelievably talented and can score at all three levels, plus he’s so good at involving everybody else on his team” Perkins said. “We have a number of people that we run at guard and we’ve seen some really good ones this year and he matches up with anybody that we’ve played.”
Hargrave head coach Scott Barrett credited Argyle’s size and length advantage with the Falcons’ struggles getting inside. Hargrave finished with just three layups.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat and say good game, they were the better team today for sure,” Barrett said. “We did everything we could, and our kids played as hard as they could so we’re not going to walk around holding our heads by any means.”
The title is Argyle’s second and joins the football team’s state title in 4A DI and the marching band’s state title as well. Just another day in North Texas.
“Nothing ever gets said about it, we just do it,” Perkins said. “It’s a fun experience and a fun community to be a part of.”