White Oak rolls into Class 2A title game

The White Oak Roughnecks face Idalou on Friday in Austin in a Class 2A state semifinal. (Courtesy Photo)

AUSTIN — For the first time in more than 50 years, White Oak is a state champion in boys basketball.

With another memorable performance in the capital city, the Roughnecks captured the Class 2A title with a 61-53 win against Brock in front of 9,633 Saturday at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center.

For White Oak, the championship ranks as the first since 1957 and the third in program history. The Roughnecks also claimed the crown in 1953 and reached the state tournament in 1956. 

The triumph capped an almost perfect season for No. 2 White Oak, which beat defending champion and top-ranked Idalou by 22 points in the semifinals Friday. The Roughnecks finished an eye-popping 37-1, falling only to 1A Division I champion Clarksville in non-district.

It also capped a surprisingly easy run through the UIL’s biggest stage for White Oak, which needed to rally from 11 points down in the fourth quarter just to get past Kountze in the regional final. The Roughnecks’ average margin of victory against Idalou and Brock was 15 points. 

Brock finished the season 30-8 after beating San Antonio Cole 60-55 in the semifinals. 

Next season, White Oak might find itself in position to make another run to state. The Roughnecks lose only four seniors, but two of the players are leading scorers in guard Caleb Carr and forward Jerred Whisenhunt. 

The leading scorer all season, Carr finished the championship game with a team-high 17 points as White Oak shot 38.5 percent. The exact difference on the scoreboard came in fastbreak points, in which the Roughnecks held a 12-4 edge. 

Whisenhunt and 6-7 junior forward Levi Yancy contributed 11 points each for the Roughnecks, who were outscored 34-26 in the paint. 

Brock’s Kanton Wood and Drake Osborn, both interior players listed at 6-6, finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Wood also posted 13 rebounds. 

White Oak outscored Brock 15-9 in the second quarter to take a 30-22 lead into the break. The Roughnecks were close to taking a double-digit advantage into the locker room, but Carr missed a 3-pointer with only seven seconds left. 

But in the third quarter, Carr nailed a jumper for the first 10-point lead of the afternoon at 42-32 with 3:57 on the clock. Carr stretched the lead to 47-34 on two free throws with 45 seconds left in the quarter.

In the fourth, Brock closed the gap to 54-50 on a free throw by Wood with 3:58 left and 56-53 on a 3 by Tre Ewell with 1:11 remaining. However, Carr made four straight free throws during the next 40 seconds to increase the lead back to seven.

White Oak 61, Brock 53

WHITE OAK (37-1)

Carr, Caleb 4-13 8-10 17; Whisenhunt, Jerred 4-8 3-3 11; Yancy, Levi 4-7 3-5 11; Sutton, Skylar 3-9 0-2 9; Story, Ian 3-7 0-0 7; Anderson, Kris 2-6 1-2 5; Johnston, Chadd 0-1 1-2 1; Benson, Josh 0-1 0-0 0; Nichols, Hayden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 16-24 61.

BROCK (30-8)

Wood, Kanton 7-10 2-3 16; Osborn, Drake 7-9 0-0 14; Clark, Kelley 3-12 4-4 10; Carrigan, Dylan 2-8 1-2 7; Ewell, Tre 2-13 1-2 6; Southern, Lane 0-0 0-0 0; Ewell, Lance 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 21-53 8-12 53.

White Oak          15    15    17    14    –    61

Brock                   13      9    14    17    –    53

3-point goals—White Oak 5-19 (Sutton, Skylar 3-9; Story, Ian 1-2; Carr, Caleb 1-6; Johnston, Chadd 0-1; Whisenhunt, Jerred 0-1), Brock 3-17 (Carrigan, Dylan 2-5; Ewell, Tre 1-10; Clark, Kelley 0-2). Fouled out—White Oak-None, Brock-Carrigan, Dylan. Rebounds—White Oak 33 (Yancy, Levi 7), Brock 36 (Wood, Kanton 13). Assists—White Oak 7 (Anderson, Kris 4), Brock 9 (Carrigan, Dylan 5). Total fouls—White Oak 18, Brock 27. Technical fouls—White Oak-Yancy, Levi, Brock-None. A-9,633.

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