The DeLaSalle Islanders completed their AAA championship re-peat Saturday night with a 50-33 win over Austin. Finishing the season with an impressive 30-1, the only game the Islanders lost during the regular season was to Blue Valley Northwest in Kansas 57-52.
"We were ready because we respected them," said head coach Dave Thorson. "We knew that we would get their best shot but I am so proud of the kids that they stepped up and did that."
After battling for the first nine minutes of the game the Islanders went on a 15-4 run to close the first half taking a 28-17 lead to the locker room. The telling stat of the first half DeLaSalle scored 17 of their 28 points off turnovers.
Junior center Reid Travis led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win collecting all-tournament honors.
"It means a lot to me," said Travis about the title. "Just to cement my name in DeLaSalle history and to get back-to-back, it was nice for me. We're just looking to next year."
The Packers were able to cut the deficit to 10 in the second half, but the Islanders closed the game on a 10-3 run over the final six minutes of the game.
The girls program finished their three-peat a week ago and now with the boys back-to-back titles, the pressure is on the boys to complete their three-peat. They will be odds on favorites to complete the task when the season begins in November.
Luke Scott, Ben Albert and Trey Shepherd are the only three seniors on the roster. All three saw time in the championship game with Scott scoring 10 points and Shepherd adding five.
The Islanders captured their seventh championship in 18 trips to the state tournament.