The Olive Branch boys basketball team, coached by Eric Rombaugh, has been named the Memphis Hustle High School Athletes of the Month, presented by Campbell Clinic, for the month of March. Earlier in the month, the Conquistadors won the Mississippi Class 5A championship with a resounding 64-44 win over Forest Hill at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
The victory made Olive Branch the first-ever boys’ basketball team from DeSoto County to win a Mississippi high school state championship. In fact, the only other school to make an appearance in the championship was Horn Lake in 1985.
The Conquistadors lost just four games this season and dominated both of their other state tournament appearances, winning by 42 and 21 points, respectively. Perhaps just as big as the team’s state championship victory was a win over Tennessee State Champions, Memphis’ East High, that was nationally ranked at the time during the National Hoopfest and played before a packed house in the Olive Branch high school gymnasium.
The outlook for Olive Branch next season should be more of the same, with the team returning all but one senior in Kelvin Allen to the roster. The team will still boast potential McDonald’s All-American D.J. Jeffries, who is considered a Top 25 prospect overall by multiple recruiting services and verbally committed to Kentucky just a couple of days after helping the Conquistadors bring home the state championship.