It's Leeapalooza

Arkansas 2013 point guard commitment Dederick Lee got his team off to a great start and then his 5-3 twin brothers Freddy and Kendrick joined in on the fun as the trio combined for 59 points to lead Clarksville over Pulaski Academy 93-73 Saturday night in the Class 4A boys title game.

HOT SPRINGS – Defending champion Clarksville didn't even come into the Class 4A state tournament as the top rank team in their own classification.

But after Saturday's thrilling 93-73 thrashing of top-ranked Pulaski Academy before 5,438 fans at Summit Arena, the Panthers could arguably be tabbed as the best overall team in the state.

Arkansas 2013 point guard commitment Dederick Lee got his team off to a big start with a trio of early 3-pointers and got plenty of help from his brothers and a talented move-in in leading Clarksville (30-5) to back-to-back championships.

"(Clarksville head) Coach (Tony Davis) had told us that PA had been ranked number one all year and we thought that was disrespectful because we won state last year," Lee said. "He said let's go prove we are number one and we went out there and showed it."

MVP Freddy Lee – one of Dederick's 5-3 sophomore twin brothers – led the way with 28 points while East St. Louis move-in Devin Sims added 23 points and 11 rebounds, Fredrick Lee 16 points and 6-1 junior Dederick Lee 15 points and 4 assists.

The Lees combined for 59 points on 18-of-32 3-point shooting.

"They're so good off the dribble and then you help," Pulsaki Academy head coach Roger Franks said. "Then they kick out and you have to defend that. That's hard to do when they're making shots."

That was enough to overcome a sensational effort by Texas Tech signee Dusty Hannahs, who had a game-high 43 points.

"He is a tremendous player," Jones said. "He really is. He did what he was supposed to do to – went to the rim, got to the foul line. He did everything he could to keep the game right."

Hannahs was 12-of-24 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 16-of-17 from the free throw line in a game which set the record for number of combined points in a state championship.

"I was going to make every play I could to help us win," Hannahs said. "That's the most that has been put on us times two this year. Some games, you just can't win them all."

The Panthers – who won their last 22 games and will return all five starters back next season in a bid for a three-peat - went on a 13-4 run after Davis got a technical.

"It changed the flow of the game," Jones said. "I think a technical can be a useful tool for a coach and something you can't be afraid to use."

It was soon after that when Pulaski Academy big man Hunter Henry (6-6, 240)– the state's top 2013 football recruit – picked up his third foul.

"Right when Henry came out, I knew that I had to take it to the basket because they didn't have no other big men in there," Dederick Lee said.

A couple of those fouls came when the 5-3 Freddy Lee went crashing down the lane at Henry.

"I was kind of scared for him to drive to the basket," Dederick Lee said. "He was taking it in there and I was like ‘Freddy, you are not 6-7' but he did it."

Henry's absence also allowed Sims to totally dominate inside.

"I was feeling it, but really I just wanted to rebound, hit the boards and get second chance points," Sims said. "I just wanted to get out on the break once I got the defensive rebound, run hard and try to beat them getting set up in the zone."

Freddy Lee was 9-of-11 from 3-point range, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw line while winning the MVP honor.

"I was surprised at first because I didn't know I was going to get it," Freddy Lee said. "I thought if I came out and played hard and make a lot of threes, I was going to probably have a chance."

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