The last time an El Paso boys basketball team came away with a state championship was back in 1976 when the Eastwood Troopers shocked the state of Texas. Eastwood won the Class 4A (now 6A) state title game as the underdog, beating Tyler 74-62.
Nearly 43 years later, three local teams are vying for a state tournament appearance. The Americas Trail Blazers (22-7, 5-0), Burges Mustangs (25-4, 13-0), and Clint Lions (21-7, 4-0) are all ranked in the Top 25 of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll.
Americas is ranked no. 22 in the state of Texas. The Trail Blazers are arguably the most complete team in the city and have won 11 consecutive games, including their first five district (1-6A) games.
Burges is led by one of the more prolific scorers in the country. Tristen Newton is the third leading scorer in the nation, averaging 38.8 points per game. The Mustangs are ranked no. 5 in Class 5A and just might be El Paso’s greatest shot at being represented in the state tournament.
In Class 4A, the Clint Lions have been the model of consistency. The Lions have won 17 of their last 19 games and come in at no. 13 in the rankings.
The 2019 UIL Boys Basketball State Tournament will be held in San Antonio at the Alamodome.