Freshman Lyndon Cook grabbed 26 rebounds and scored 20 points as Muenster defeated Grapeland 65-64 in UIL Class 1A Division 1 boys state semifinal playoff action Thursday.
The 6-foot-5 Cook had 15 rebounds as the Hornets built a 36-32 halftime lead. Muenster (28-2) outrebounded Grapeland 51-30. Muenster extended its lead to 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter before the Sandies staged a rally led by Pat Walker, who scored 37 points.
Grapeland (33-5) pulled within 64-61 in the waning seconds before Cook hit a late free throw. Walker followed with a three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
Cole Walterscheid added 18 points for Muenster while teammate Trevor Cheaney had 14 points.
Demetri Walker netted 10 points and had six rebounds for the Sandies.