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Duncanville (Texas) stripped of UIL 6A state basketball championship, coach David Peavy suspended

Five-star guard Anthony Black is deemed to have been ineligible when he played in 2021-22

The Duncanville Panthers have been stripped of their 2021-22 Class 6A Texas high school boys basketball state title and head coach David Peavy has been suspended for the upcoming season in a ruling handed down Monday by the University Interscholastic League.

In a meeting in Austin, Texas, the executive committee ruled that Duncanville used an ineligible player — five-star guard Anthony Black — last season during its run through the 2022 UIL Boys Basketball State Tournament.

Black transferred from Coppell for his senior year and fought an eligibility battle deep into the season, before leading the team to its third straight UIL 6A state championship. The Panthers must now forfeit all games Black played in.

Peavy was issued a one-year suspension, three years of probation and a public reprimand for violating the UIL's Constitution and Contest Rules for school district personnel.

With Duncanville being stripped of last season's title, McKinney has now been designated as the UIL's 6A state champion for the 2021-22 season. 

The 2022 UIL Class 6A Boys Basketball State Championship game has been retroactively scored a 2-0 victory for McKinney over Duncanville, with every state tournament record set in that game also set to be erased from the UIL record book. 

The UIL's executive committee also reserved the right to revisit potential sanctions for Duncanville High School at a future date. 

The UIL initially ruled Black, who's now a freshman at Arkansas, ineligible prior to the start of the Texas high school boys basketball season last year. 

Black's family sued the UIL and he was granted a temporary restraining order, which allowed him to take the court in a Panthers' uniform.

Black joined Duncanville midway through its 2021-22 campaign right as the Panthers were set to dive into their District 11-6A slate, playing an integral part in their state title run.

He played in just 15 of 29 regular-season games for Duncanville, but was named the 11-6A Offensive Player of the Year averaging 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per contest.

The 6-foot-7 combo guard helped Duncanville steamroll its way to a fourth straight UIL Boys Basketball State Tournament with a dominant playoff run that included double-digit wins over Humble Atascocita (50-36) and McKinney (69-49) in the state semifinals and championship game, respectively.

Black was also voted the Class 6A MVP during the 2021-22 UIL Boys Basketball State Tournament for his performance.

Duncanville, which finished last season at 35-1 overall, landed at No. 2 in the final version of the SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 national boys high school basketball rankings.

The Panthers hold the No. 9 spot in SBLive's 2022-23 Preseason Power 25 national rankings.

Duncanville is set to tip off its upcoming season with a doubleheader against Bel Air Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) and Branson Link Academy (MO) on Saturday, Nov. 5.