SAN ANTONIO — With 32 points from Jon Johnson, King’s Academy held off Katy Christian Academy for a 58-48 victory in a TCAL 1A state quarterfinal on Thursday at the George Gervin Center.

The Royal Knights (18-3) play in the semifinals Friday against Stephenville FAITH Home School, a 43-39 winner over San Antonio River City Christian.

Caleb Sherrod scored eight and Philip Taylor and Ben Flanders each chipped in six points for King’s Academy, which bettered its performance in last year’s state tournament when the Royal Knights went one and done.

Tyler Harris led Katy Christian with 28 points, one below his season average. Harris scored 17 points in the second half, including nine in the final quarter as the Lions cut their deficit to 47-46 with 3:44 to play.

King’s Academy finished the game on an 11-2 run to pull out the victory. Johnson poured in 20 of his points in the second half to outduel Harris, including five free throws down the stretch.

“Our team played well when we needed to at the end,” Royal Knights coach Dodie Wilson said. “We knew most of the offense went through Harris and he performed as advertised.”

King’s Academy led 43-28 late in the third quarter as Johnson hit for 11 points in the period.

“Johnson really gave us some key offense in the third quarter,” Wilson said. “He’s a hard worker, as are all of our players. 

“We’ve got a solid team and I was happy we could get this win.”

Cy Perro added 14 points for the Lions.


TCAL 1A State Quarterfinal

At George Gervin Center

King’s Academy 58, Katy Christian Academy 48

King’s Academy   10   18   17   13 —58

Katy Christian       8   12   12   16 —48

KING’S ACADEMY — Jon Johnson, 32; Caleb Sherrod, 8; Philip Taylor, 6; Ben Flanders, 6; Nick Thomason, 2; Caleb Groth, 2; Brock Kenyon, 2.

KATY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY — Tyler Harris, 28; Cy Perro, 14; Jarius Clay, 4; Kade Moore, 2.

RECORDS — King’s Academy 18-3.

NEXT UP — State semifinal: King’s Academy vs. Stephenville FAITH Home School, noon today.


TCAL 1A Boys State Tournament

Feb. 23-25, San Antonio


Quarterfinals (At George Gervin Center)

Game 1 — San Antonio Sunnybrook Christian (Region 4, No. 1) 86, Granbury Cornerstone Christian (Region 1, No. 2) 66

Game 2 — King’s Academy (Region 2, No. 2) 58, Katy Christian Academy (Region 3, No. 1) 48

Game 3 — Marshall Christian Academy (Region 2, No. 1) 69, Houston Shady Acres Christian (Region 3, No. 2) 47

Game 4 — Stephenville FAITH Home School (Region 1, No. 1) 43, San Antonio River City Christian (Region 4, No. 2) 39


Semifinals (At George Gervin Center)

Game 5 — San Antonio Sunnybrook Christian vs. Marshall Christian Academy, noon, Court 1

Game 6 — King’s Academy vs. Stephenville FAITH Home School, noon, Court 2


Championship (At Cornerstone Christian School)

Game 7 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2:30 p.m., Court 1

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