December 1, 2017
Cypress Falls High School senior Nigel Hawkins (second from right) and basketball assistant coach Mick Hoffman look at the Golden Eagles’ banner commemorating the team’s 2016-2017 Class 6A state championship, which was revealed Nov. 28. (Photo by Kyler Scott, Cypress Falls HS)
By Alise Maxie, Cypress Falls HS
Dec. 1, 2017—Before the Cypress Falls High School basketball team took the floor for its home opener against Port Arthur Memorial on Nov. 28, the players and coaches met at center court for one more reminder of a historic 2016-2017 season.
The team met at the center circle to reveal its state championship banner. The Golden Eagles won the Class 6A title last season at the Alamodome in San Antonio, beating Dallas Skyline in triple overtime before knocking off San Antonio Wagner in the championship game.
“It gives us another chance to appreciate what we did for the school,” said starting shooting guard Andrew Nguyen, who added last season’s accomplishments mean nothing to this season. “While I was standing there, I was remembering all the great times I had with my old teammates and the highs and lows of last season.”
The Golden Eagles are picking up right where they left off last season. They beat Port Arthur Memorial 84-68 to push their record to 5-0 going into the weekend’s Clear Creek ISD’s Carlisle-Krueger Classic. Cypress Falls is 6A’s No. 1 team in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings and recently jumped to sixth nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 High School Basketball rankings.
The Cypress Falls boys basketball team unveils its 2016-2017 Class 6A state championship banner on Nov. 28 during this season’s home opener. (Photo by Kyler Scott, Cypress Falls HS)
Last year, the Golden Eagles went 35-3. They finished undefeated in District 17-6A play and ended the season on a 25-game winning streak.
The state championship was CFISD’s first in boys basketball in 46 years.
“I’m so proud of you guys,” Cypress Falls Principal Becky Denton told the team moments before the banner was revealed. “Thanks for what you’ve done for the school (and) the community, and we love you.”
Revealing the championship banner was a great honor to the players and coaches, serving as a memory and setting the bar for the teams that follow the 2016-2017 Golden Eagles. That includes this season’s team.
“The expectation for this year is to win another state title, but we are going to take it one game at a time,” Nguyen said. “I’ve become more of a vocal leader to the new guys, helping them with plays and making sure they know what to do so that there is no drop off from last year.”