The Reid Travis Era came to an end for the DeLaSalle Islanders Saturday night when the Stanford bound senior scored 16 points to beat the Austin Packers 60-40 in the Class AAA championship game at Target Center in Minneapolis.
It was the third straight title and sixth overall for the Minneapolis school in their 19th trip to state. DeLaSalle became the first school to win three consecutive state titles since Hopkins from 2009-11.
The Islanders got a quick start when Jarvis Johnson threw an alley oop to Sacar Anim and he dunked it for the early lead. Geno Crandall would score to put DeLaSalle on a 4-0 run. Then there would be dueling three pointers. Ajuda Nywesh for the Packers, followed by James Lawson for the Islanders. Though Nywesh would wash the net with three more three pointers in the first half, Austin couldn't handle the quick and fast breaking DeLaSalle offense and the Islanders led at the half 33-20.
DeLaSalle would take command in the second half as they would pull away from Austin. They got the lead as high as 21 and the Packers couldn't pack up a championship trophy. DeLaSalle also showed excellent ball handling and the ability to change hands on a dribble down court. With 1:58 left, Travis scored on a soft dunk rebound. Islander head coach Dave Thorson started to empty his bench with :52.4 left.
Anim was the only other Islander in double figures, scoring 13 points. Crandall made an outstanding contribution to the Islanders title run, picking up seven assists. James Lawson had 11 rebounds Nywesh was the only Packer in double figures, scoring 24 points.
In the third place game at Ganglehoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul, Holy Family Catholic defeated Orono 56-35.