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Grapeland falls in state semis

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AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) -

The Grapeland Sandies boys' basketball team's quest for a state championship fell short in a 65-64 loss to Muenster Thursday morning.

Grapeland lost in the Class A Division 1 state semi-final in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center.

Patrick Walker who poured in a game high of 37 points left it all on the floor for the Sandies.

Yea we we're going to miss him. He is a senior kid who plays hard and knows how to put the ball in the hole. When you have Walker, you want the ball in his hands," said Owen Clifton, Grapeland's head coach. "The thing I love about him is that he scored 37 today, and I think he averages 19 points a game. He doesn't care. He just wants to win."

In the end though Muenster's post players were too big, too physical and were able to dominate the paint for most of the game.

"We just didn't block out. We lost men and I think that hurt us," said Clifton. "I think that made the difference in the ball game. I wish we would have went into them a little more."

It's a hard pill to swallow, but Clifton says the trip was still worth it.

"The smiles when we walked in this morning made it all worth it," said Clifton. "I'm so proud of these boys. We are heartbroken, and disappointed because I really felt we could come down here and win the whole thing."

Grapeland's season comes to an end with an overall record of 33-5. The Sandies can say they are one of the best 4 teams in Class 1A Division 1.

Muenster and Mumford will play in the state championship game Saturday.

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