Chapel Hill, N.C. — The Southwest Guilford Cowboys completed their perfect season and won their second state championship in three years as they beat the Williams Bulldogs by a 67-60 margin in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
After twin brothers Kobe and Keyshaun Langley took a year away from the program after winning the title with the Cowboys as sophomores in 2017, they returned and finished what they started as seniors.
But the game didn’t come easy for the Cowboys, who had won every single game this year by at least double digits.
The underdog Bulldogs brought the game right to the heavily-favored Cowboys in the first quarter.
They forced turnovers, contested shots, broke Southwest Guilford’s press and found ways to get open looks as they built up a 10-4 lead.
And when the Cowboys quickly erased that deficit and went on a blazing fast 7-0 run to take a lead of their own, Williams had a response to lurch back ahead at 14-10.
A terrific first quarter came to a close when star guard Keyshaun Langley drilled a three from well beyond the three-point line at the buzzer to tie the game at 16 heading into the second.
The Cowboys started to overcome the intensity that Williams brought in the second, as Keyshaun Langley continued his torrid pace with nine points in the second quarter to help his team to a 31-28 lead at the half.
While Keyshaun was the sole reason his team had a lead at the half, Kobe was the reason the Cowboys were able to augment their advantage in the third.
The guard hit a big triple that put his team up by six, which is about where the Southwest Guilford lead remained for much of the third quarter until Keyshaun Langley hit a jumper to get the lead to double digits for the first time at 45-35.
Southwest Guilford continued to maintain a sizable lead for the fourth quarter, and took home the win without allowing Williams to get closer than seven points at any time in the fourth.