Desoto County Sports

Quistors celebrate championship with steak dinner 

Photo: Olive Branch basketball players, Coach Eric Rombaugh, and chiropractor Dr. Brian Henry are joined by Marshall Steakhouse owner Randall Swaney.

Olive Branch High School is where state basketball champions have been coming from the past few years with the 2024 Conquistadors being the latest edition.  

The Quistors, coached by Eric Rombaugh, recently brought home a Gold Ball trophy with their 59-56 MHSAA 6A finals win over Ridgeland on March 2 in Jackson.  

It was the second state title overall and the first state championship for Olive Branch since winning in 2018.

The band of brothers that are the 2023-24 Conquistadors continued their celebration over Spring Break with a steak dinner at Marshall Steakhouse in Holly Springs, a dinner that was provided by local chiropractor Dr. Brian Henry.

“I’ve been seeing these guys and working on them all through the years,” Henry said. “I’m proud of them and glad we could pull it all together. I just wanted to tell them thank you and good job.”

The Quistors finished the season with a record of 29-4 and the tournament run included a last-second three-point basket in overtime by Zahir Gutierrez to beat Terry 70-68 in the semifinals. Olive Branch rallied to claim the crown late against Ridgeland with Jerry Wall being named the game’s most valuable player.   

Rombaugh said he appreciated that Dr. Henry offered to host the players for dinner on Wednesday night of Spring Break.  

“When Dr. Henry extended the offer, the boys were excited about it,” Rombaugh said. “This team has been really close.  This senior group has been together for a long, long time, so that was a reason they were so tough to beat this year. They just know each other and play really hard for each other.”  

Rombaugh said the overwhelming answer in a group text about the steak dinner offer was “yes” from the players to Henry’s offer to dine at Marshall Steakhouse.