DeMarre' Carroll: State champion, named Co-MVP

Vanderbilt basketball signee DeMarre' Carroll shared the state tournament Co-MVP award with teammate Ronald Steele Saturday after John Carroll Catholic (31-3) successfully defended its Class 6A title by outlasting Parker, 75-73. The title game was played before 17,550 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, the largest crowd ever to watch a high school basketball game in Alabama.

Vanderbilt basketball signee DeMarre' Carroll shared the state tournament Co-MVP award with teammate Ronald Steele Saturday as John Carroll Catholic (31-3) successfully defended its Class 6A title by outlasting Parker, 75-73.

The title game was played before 17,550 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, the largest crowd ever to watch a high school basketball game in Alabama.

Carroll, a 6-7 forward, had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the title game, including a crucial free throw in the game's final seconds; Steele, an Alabama signee, scored 30 points, with 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The dynamic duo helped John Carroll finish the season with 30 straight victories, a 31-3 record, and the school's second straight 6A state championship. The Cavaliers had been a perfect 36-0 one year earlier.

The Cavaliers had advanced to the title game on Friday with by winning a 76-75 double-overtime thriller over LeFlore in the semifinals one day earlier. In that game, Carroll scored 25 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field, and pulled down 14 rebounds.

He also had four assists and three blocked shots in 39 minutes. "Carroll was unstoppable, driving the ball to the basket for layups or dunks," wrote Rubin Grant of the Birmingham Post-Herald.


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