Forte's 24 points propel Marcus to 5A title over Travis

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 11 at 12:41 AM

AUSTIN (AP) — Phil Forte scored 24 points, including the final the eight for Lewisville Marcus, as the Marauders won their second consecutive Class 5A state championship, 56-52 over Fort Bend Travis on Saturday night.

Forte scored Marcus' first eight points, then put the game away in the final minute, making six consecutive free throws to preserve the lead. His last two with 11 seconds left came after Travis' Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer to pull Travis within 54-52. Forte was named the game's most valuable player.

Lewisville Marcus (39-2) is just the fourth repeat champion in the 32 years of the 5A tournament.

Marcus Smart scored 15 points and Nick Banyard had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Marcus.

Andrew Harrison scored 23 points for Fort Bend Travis (36-4).

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