By Jesse Wolfersberger
ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns.
Down by two with 1.9 seconds left in the game, Des Moines tried to inbound the ball, but Logan guard Josh Franco stole it just inside half court and threw up a prayer that hit the backboard, just a foot left of a game-winning miracle.
With the miss, the Demons escaped 72-70, winning the Class 1A state title Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque.
Veteran Des Moines coach Dwayne Kibbe, who announced his retirement earlier in the season, said he was glad he was able to go out on top.
“This is a good one to go out on,” Kibbe said. “It’s not that I want to leave Des Moines, it’s just time.”
This was Kibbe’s ninth season at Des Moines, he previously coached at Floyd and Elida.
Kibbe said he plans on moving back to Portales and enjoying his retirement.
On the other end of the spectrum, Burns, a second-year head coach, said he just hopes his future holds another chance at a state title.
“You don’t get here very often,” he said. “There are a lot of coaches that never get here, and I may never be back, you just never know.”
Senior Drew Perez scored 23 for the Longhorns Benjamin Doherty led the Demons (30-2) with 28.