Maury boys capture first state title since 1927 with 57-49 win over Freedom


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) —  After a 92-year drought, the Maury boys basketball team finally reached the summit again. 

The Commodores defeated Freedom High School 57-49 on Wednesday at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center to win the Virginia Class 5 state championship. 

Sophomore Clarence Rupert had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Commodores, and had a highlight reel dunk. Matthew Mensia added 13 points and Bryan Phillips had 15. 

Coached by Brandon Plummer, Maury finishes with a 28-3 record and ends the season on a 10-game win streak. They took down defending state champion Varina 74-61 on March 4 on the way to the title.

“I can’t even put it into words right now, these guys have worked hard all season long. My guys just stuck together all the way through the adversity. I’m just proud of them, I’m at a loss for words right now,” Plummer said after the win.  

“It feels unreal right now, it really does. I don’t know what I can do right now, I feel like I put everything into this game,” said Maury senior Chase Coleman. “Coach put into our brains that we are winners. We believed in him, we believed in each other, we believed in ourselves and we knew we could get it done. It’s just a lot going through me right now, I just wanted to win and come out on top and that’s what we did tonight.”      

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