Submitted by Chad Becker
Germantown, Tennessee--March 30, 2021--
The Houston High Boys Basketball team won the 2021 TSSAA AAA State Championship in Murfreesboro, TN with a 62-43 victory of Cane Ridge High School. It was the 1st State Championship for Boys Basketball and the 97th State Title for the school since beginning competition in 1993.
Senior Jonathan Lawson led the Mustangs with 16 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in the Championship game. Teammate Jerrell Colbert added 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Senior TJ Madlock added 10 points. Just like he has the entire season, Madlock also served a vital role on the defensive end of the floor defending our opponent’s best player.
Lawson was named MVP of the State Tournament for averaging 19.3 points per game and shooting 51% from the field and 47% from 3pt. Fellow Seniors Zander Yates (who lead the team in blocked shots and total rebounds for the season), TJ Madlock (who led the team in assists, steals, and deflections for the season), and Mason Miller were all named to the All-State Tournament Team.
Miller was named 2021 TSSAA AAA Mr. Basketball at the conclusion of the tournament. He is the first Houston High player to receive this award in school history.
The State Tournament served as a culmination of the program’s frustration of last season. After qualifying for the State Tournament in 2020
for the first time in school history, COVID canceled their opportunity to participate. The team has won 3 consecutive District Tournament Championships for the first time ever.
The team is coached by 2 time NBA World Champion, Mike Miller, a 17 year veteran of the NBA.
In his first-year, Miller credited the job of his predecessor for the team’s success, "I mean this sincerely is that this is Coach Charlie Leonard’s trophy," Miller said. "He and Mr. (athletic director Chad) Becker built this program and he went through the hard stuff. They handed me a golden ticket and it made my job a lot easier."
Houston High School now has won TSSAA State Championships in 12 different varsity sports. Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Track, Wrestling, Girls Tennis, and Baseball have taken home a title since 1993.
“GMSD strives to provide opportunities for students to excel beyond the classroom. We are proud when students achieve at the highest state and national levels. We are thankful for all of the efforts of our coaching staff, parents, and students to win our first state basketball championship,” said Superintendent Jason Manuel.