Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

San Antonio High School Round Up: January 3rd

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San Antonio High School Round Up: January 3rd.

Central Texas High School Round Up: January 3rd

Central Texas High School Round Up: January 3rd.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

D1 Nation Alumni: Top NCAA Holiday Performances

The D1 Nation had a great Christmas and  a Happy New Year as thier alumni had some outstanding holiday performances.  Here's our Top 25:

25.  Osas Ebomwonyi      P 6'9"    Sophomore     Pflugerville (TX)                Lamar
4 points and 8 rebounds vs Louisville

24.  Daniel Alexander     F 6'8"   RS-Freshman  Dripping Springs (TX)      Texas A&M
6 points and 8 rebounds vs Arkansas Tech

23.  Paul Garnica            G 6'0"  Sophomore      San Antonio Lee (TX)        Northern Colorado
11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists vs Idaho State

22. Deon Mitchell           G 6'0"  Freshman         Pflugerville (TX)                Northern Iowa
14 points vs Evansville

21.  Paul Garnica            G 6'0"  Sophomore      San Antonio Lee (TX)        Northern Colorado
11 points, 4 rebounds vs Northern Arizona

20. Brian Williams          G 6'6" RS-Freshman  Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (LA)  Oklahoma State
14 points and 4 rebounds vs Virginia Tech

19.  Jordan Clarkson      G 6'5" Sophomore      Converse Wagner (TX)        Tulsa
12 points and 5 rebounds vs Mercer

18.  Brian Williams         G 6'6" RS-Freshman  Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (LA)  Oklahoma State
9 points and 7 rebounds vs SMU

17. Mark Nwakamma     P 6'6" Freshman         Leander (TX)                      Hartford
10 points and 9 rebounds vs La Salle

16. Royce O'Neale           W 6'5" Freshman       Harker Heights (TX)           Denver
14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists vs Troy

15. Joel Smith                   G 6'4" Junior             Leander (TX)                      Northeastern
19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists vs Vermont

14. Josh Swan                   G 6'3" Freshman       Atlanta (GA)                       Southern Illinois
15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists vs Illinois State

13. J.J. Avila                     F 6'7" Sophomore     McAllen (TX)                       Navy
16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists vs Mercer

12. Royce O'Neale           W 6'5" Freshman       Harker Heights (TX)           Denver
15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks vs Arkansas-Little Rock

11. Jason Brickman         G 5'10" Sophomore   San Antonio Clark               Long Island
18 points and 6 assists vs N.J.I.T.

10. Andre Roberson         F 6'7"   Sophomore   Converse Wagner (TX)       Colorado
12 points and 12 rebounds vs New Orleans

9.  TaShawn Thomas       F 6'8"   Freshman      Killeen (TX)                         Houston
9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks vs North Carolina A&T

8.  Cameron Moore    F 6'10" Senior    San Antonio Roosevelt (TX)      Alabama-Birmingham
16 points and 9 rebounds vs Alabama A&M 

7.  John Henson      F 6'11"  Junior    Round Rock (TX)/Tampa Sickles (FL)    North Carolina
16 points and 11 rebounds vs Elon
6.  J.J. Avila                     F 6'7"    McAllen (TX)                                                Navy
18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists vs Norfolk State

5. John Henson      F 6'11" Junior    Round Rock (TX)/Tampa Sickles (FL)      North Carolina 
21 points and 8 rebounds vs Monmouth

4. Jordan Clarkson        G 6'5"  Sophomore      Converse Wagner (TX)          Tulsa
23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists vs TCU

3. TaShawn Thomas      F 6'8"  Freshman         Killeen (TX)                             Houston
16 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks vs Texas State

2.  Andre Roberson        F 6'7"  Sophomore      Converse Wagner (TX)           Colorado
17 points and 17 rebounds vs the PAC-12's Utah Utes

1. Cameron Moore     F 6'10" Senior     San Antonio Roosevelt (TX)      Alabama-Birmingham
Moore had an incredible 19 points and 24 rebounds vs George Washington.  This performance earned him his second career Conference USA Player of the Week Honors.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Final Games of 2011

Dripping Springs won the Wimberley Tournament with a 59-52 win over San Antonio Cole as the inside-outside presence of Senior Taw Mann who moved in from The Woodlands and Mr. Outside, Collin Tubbs has gotten Drip off to a 17-3 start this season.
2012 G Collin Tubbs, a high academic student has really come into his own as a senior
Cedar Park took care of business in their won tournament beating Killeen Shoemaker 62-58 in overtime.  2012 Travis Guebert (below) had 24, 12 and 16 points for the Timber Wolves where they also beat Belton and Austin McCallum in overtime.

How about little 1A Mumford?  They won the Thorndale Tournament and are 18-0. Along the way they beat a 4A team.  Leadership coming from 2014 G 6'5" Aubrie King who recently scored his 1000th point as a varsity player. 
The Austin Anderson Trojans won the Corpus Christi Calallen Christmas Tournament with wins over defending 3A State Champions West Oso and Corpus Christi Calallen.

San Antonio Churchill 64  San Antonio Reagan 49
Chruchill used double digit scoring from 4 players to handle Reagan pretty easily.  2013 F D.J. MacLeay led the Rattlers with 16 in the loss.

San Antonio O'Connor 68  San Antonio Warren 64
The upset of the season in the Alamo City as 2013 G Dapo Ogunfeitimi had 19 for O'Connor.  2012 F Taurean Waller Prince had 36 in the loss.  It does hurt to have point guard Marcus Keane on the shelf with injury make no mistake.
Junior G Dapo Ogunfeitimi had a big game for O'Connor

San Antonio Alamo Heights 84  Lockhart 43
I was on hand to see Alamo Heights massive front line.  They dominated a thin Lockhart team. 2012 6'8" Shelby Lane (Claremont College), 2012 6'6" Jeffrey Rodewald (22) and 2014 F 6'8" Ben Lammers (19) did what they wanted, when they wanted.
2012 Jeffrey Rodewald
Kerrville Tivy  47  Uvalde  33
Tivy opened District play by riding the scoring of 2013 F 6'6" Zach Overby (below) and 2013 F Rowdy Winters (13) to a convincing victory over Uvalde.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Killeen Runnin Roos Report

Fort Worth ISD Coca Cola Classic
Killeen Runnin' Roos Coach Jason Fossett knew he'd take some lumps early as he put much of his team's fortunes on two Texas D1 Ambassadors youngsters in 2014 G 6'3" Brian Long and 2015 PG Demarius Cress.  However, his plan is falling nicely into place as these two under classmen are growing up on a daily basis and he's getting solid senior leadership from 2012 F 6'6" Tevin Bartney.

Things came together this past few days as the Baby Roos made it to the championship game of the Fort Worth event before losing to Crowley in the 'Ship.  Both Bartney and Cress (the latest in a long line of quality Killeen PG's made All Tournament.)
Freshman Demarius Cress hits the game winner vs Mansfield Summit

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic: Championship Day

Silver Bracket: Pflugerville  78  Houston Westbury  56
2013 G T.J. Williams continued his superior play as he scored 24 points to lead the Panthers. 2013 W Justin Moss contributed 15, 2013 G Bryce Bierbower 14 and 2013 G Napoleon Onyeje 14 as Pflugerville cruised.  2013 W Donivan Jones had 31 for the second straight game in a Westbury loss.
2013 G T.J. Williams

I've got to call my Pflugerville guys out on this.  You should beat Westbury by 20.  You didn't bring it agaist Bush a team you knew you had to fight tooth and mail.  Instead you mailed it in and took a butt whoopin'. The Ville has too much tradition and you have a good Coach in David Raigosa. There's no excuse for a lot of you guys to be playing grab ass. Have some pride in your defense or else kiss your dreams of playing college basketball goodbye.  That's real talk.  I very rarely editorialize, and I don't believe in calling out individuals on a web site but this needed to be said.  I'd love for ya'll to prove me wrong come district play-Coach Max

Gold Bracket: 3rd Place Game
Austin Westlake  55  Converse Wagner 53
Wagner and Westlake both tasted defeat last night in overtime. Both should come out hungry...and they did. It's no surprise that it's going down to the last possession.  This one had an unlikely hero, 2013 G Vince DeBlasio. DeBlasio is a 6'3" hopper who is a very deceptive shot blocker and rebounder.  His final rebound (10th) secured Westlake's win but it was his two prior boards which turned a Westlake deficit into a W.  He blocked a shot and grabbed the rebound off a Wagner jumper and then had an offensive rebound off a missed free throw, got fouled and converted the freebies for the win over a gritty Wagner team in the closing seconds.
"My Cousin Vinny", Vince DeBlasio keyed Westlake's final two minutes
The bulk of the Westlake scoring came from 2013 G Will Morse who finished with 21.  2012 G R.J. Rowan added 13 while 2012 Drew Wikelius had 12.   Senior Ken Bray had 11 for Wagner, as did Senior Rakim Sharkey.

Converse Wagner    13  18 13 9-53
Austin Westlake       18 15 13 9-55

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic Championship
A&M Consolidated 66 Clear Lake  64

A&M Consolidated jumped out to a 29-19 lead on the strength of 2013 F Jimmie Gilbert's work on the boards and subsequent conversion of 7 straight free throws.  Alex Caruso had a quiet, but efficient 10 points in the half as Rob Lewis and Colton Krenek were on the bench with foul trouble for Clear Lake.  Paris Clayton picked up the slack and had 12 points to bring Lake close at the half.

At the end of 3 quarters, Consol is clinging to a 1 point lead, 46-45. I expect to see a lot of Lewis and Caruso in the final period.  The winner of that battle will probably decide the game.  Clear Lake takes it's first lead of the game on free throws from 2014 G William West with 3:33 to play. The last two minutes the lead changed hands multiple times.  With the score 64-64, Jimmie Gilbert is on the line with the score at 64-64.  This tournament has had some incredible finishes! Gilbert had a hot hand in the first half but was 1-10 from the field in the second half. Now he's at the line with the game on the line. He hits them both, he's 11-11 from the line for the game! Consol wins and are the Westlake Holiday Classic Champions!

Paris Clayton and Rob Lewis led Clear Lake with 17 and 15 points respectively. Alden Miles added 13, and soph William West had 12.  2013 Josh Stewart had 10 points, 5 boards for Consol and Gilbert had 21, none bigger than the final free throws. Alex Caruso had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. His last was a textbook back door cut for a thunderous slam.  He was clearly the tournament MVP.  More on that in another post tomorrow.

A&M Consolidated 20 13 13 20-66
Clear Lake               17 12 16 19-64
I'll have my complete All Tournament performers tomorrow.  Below are from left to right:  2013 6'5" Josh Stewart, 2012 G 5'11" Rob Lewis, 2012 G Alex Caruso (MVP), 2013 G Paris Clayton and 2013 F 6'5" Jimmie Gilbert

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic: Bracket Semis

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic Silver Bracket

Fort Bend Willowridge  62  Houston Westbury  61  (Double Overtime)
This one went to overtime as Coach Howie who moved over from Westbury this season to take the Willowridge job caAme from trailing all game long to steal this one in the second extra session. 2013 G Michael Hunter had 21 points and Senior G Chris Hynes hit for 15, all on three pointers.  None were bigger than his final one in the first OT. 2013 W 6'5" Donivan Jones had an outstanding 31 point effort in the loss for Westbury.
Michael Hunter is a powerful guard who can get to the rim and finish

2013 W Donivan Ross' 31 points weren't quite enough for Westbury.

Fort Bend Bush  92  Pflugerville  69
From the opening tip Cameron Ridley (Texas) tried to tear down the rim. Some 6 dunks later the rims were still intact but a lot of Pflugerville players had knots on their heads from Ridley "freakin the oop".  Bush raced to a 20 point first quarter lead before Pflugerville knew what hit them.  Ridley had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks.  Senior Ryne Williams had 18 and 2014 W 6'6"Kelly Oubre showed flashes of future brilliance as he scored 17 points.
Pflugerville was led by 2013 G T.J. Williams with 18, 2013 Napoleon Onyeje (11), Justin Moss (10 points, 7 rebounds) and 2013 G Bryce Bierbower who added 15.
W 6'6" Kelly Oubre is one of Houston's finest 2014's
Pflugerville          14  18 17 20-69
Fort Bend Bush   33  19 22 18-92

Gold Bracket

Clear Lake  74  Austin Westlake  70  (OT)
Clear Lake jumped out to a 11 point lead behind the hot three point shooting of 2013 G Alden Miles and the tough inside presence of 2012 P 6'6" Colton Krenek with 4 blocked shots in the first quarter.  Clear Lake maintained that lead at the half.  The third quarter was all Westlake as Drew Wikelius had as good an offensive burst in a 3:00 span as I've seen in 4 years from him. Wikelius finished the half with 13 points and 6 boards.  Will Morse had 2 fouls early in the first half but he was a scoring machine once he returned and had 17 by the end of the quarter.
2012 G Rob Lewis brought it down the stretch and in OT for Clear Lake.
The 4th quarter started slow but had a frenetic finish as 2013 Rob Lewis hit an 8 foot jumper for the Clear Lake lead with 6 seconds left, only to have R.J. Rowan race the length of the court to tie it and send the game to OT. 
Foul trouble made for a quiet 1st half, but 2013 Will Morse finished with 21 for Westlake
The tone was set in OT by Chase Carlton as the soph reached in and got a big tie up on Lewis.  Westlake took a one point lead for the first time on a Wikleius bucket but Clear Lake answered with Miles 4th triple of the game. R.J. Rowan hit an NBA three to draw Westlake back to 1 down with 10 seconds left.  It's all about free throws and Clear Lake is hitting them. The difference was Rob Lewis.  The unsigned senior is a D1 player waiting to be scooped up.  He gets where he wants to go on the floor and hits all his freebies. He finished with 26 points, including going 14-16 from the charity stripe.  Alden Miles had 17 for Lake.  2012 P Drew Wikelius had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss and 2013 G Will Morse had 21 after overcoming his foul trouble.  R.J. Rowan had 16 points and Chase Carlton had 7 assists.
2012 P Drew Wikelius had his second big game in a row, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds.
Clear Lake  20 14 15 16 9-74
Westlake       9 14 25 17-5-70

A&M Consolidated  64  Converse Wagner  61  (OT)
The first half had several lead changes with Wagner going up by 4 on a pair of three pointers from 2013 G Tre Powell.  Consolidated answered with back to back three point plays of their won and two steals and dunks by Alex Caruso (Texas A&M). The score at the half is 37-35 in favor of the Tigers.

The Wagner Thunderbirds are doing it by committee and living by the three pointer (they've got 7 of them.  They enter the final period with a 4 point lead.  Wagner built their lead to 8 points until a dose, no make that an over dose of Alex Caruso was administered to them. Wagner's most effective player, 2013 Tyler Collins fouled out with 2:00 left.  He had 15 points and 6 boards on the night.  It's tied at 59 with 1:00 left............another overtime game!
The overtime was punctuated by Alex Caruso.  He set up his man with a sneaky half effort defensively. As the offensive man went by him, he wrapped around, tipped the ball and was off to the races for an unbelievable dunk, being fouled hard and landing on his back.  Two additional free throws on his next possession and he sank them both for the deciding margin. One great player makes a difference!  His stat line:  19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals...a hair off a quadruple double.  2013 Jimmie Gilbert did a lot of the dirty work for Consol finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds.  2013 W Josh Stewart added 18 points and 5 rebounds.  2013 G Tre Powell had 12 points on 4 three pointers for Wagner who had balanced scoring otherwise.

A&M Consolidated   18 19 10 12 5-64
Converse Wagner      13 22 16  8 2-61

Austin Westlake Holiday Classic: Day 2 (Pool Play)

Pflugerville 40  El Paso Montwood 38
Trailing 33-28 entering the 4th quarter Pflugerville looked confused for the most part and had trouble solving Montwood's disciplined offensive attack.  Montwood held Pflugerville to only 2 first quarter points. In what could be a signature win for the young Panthers and first year Head Coach David Raigosa The Ville rallied in the 4th quarter and nipped the Rams on a late bucket by 2013 G Darian Bostic.
2013 G Napoleon Onyeje
The bulk of the Pflugerville scoring was handled by 2013 G Napoleon Onyeje who had 17 points.  After PG T.J. Williams picked up two early fouls Onyeje steadied the ship, hitting several three pointers.  The Rams got 10 a piece from much improved 2012 P 6'9" Joey Martinez and 2013 G Ruben Lopez.

Cedar Hill 64  Fort Bend Bush 58
Cameron Ridley scored 21 points and was dominant inside for Bush.  He got great support from Senior Ryne Williams with 18 but that's where it began and ended for the Broncos.  Cedar Hill used a fast paced transition attack and balanced scoring from four players to upset one of Texas' most dominant teams.   Senior G Brandon Harris (15), 2013 W 6'5" Dorian Waggoner (14), 2013 G Jalen Jones (13), and 2013 G Charles Wesley (11)

Westlake Holiday Brackets Set

Pool D held all the drama with the three teams going 1-1.  The plus/minus favored A&M Consolidated as they head to the Gold Bracket, with Bush going Silver and Cedar Hill taking Bronze.

Gold Bracket:
Clear Lake vs Austin Westlake
Converse Wagner vs A&M Consolidated

Silver Bracket:
Houston Westbury vs Fort Bend Willowridge
Pflugerville vs Fort Bend Bush

Bronze Bracket:
Bryan vs El Paso Socorro
El Paso Montwood vs Cedar Hill

Austin Round Up: December 27th

Austin Travis 73  Marble Falls  72
2014 F 6'5" Garrett Gray is getting healthy.  He dropped 23 points for Marble Falls.
Austin Akins Tournament

San Marcos  56  Manor 45
Seniors Collin Hart and Allex Austin had 23 and 19 points respectively to lead the Rattlers over the Mustangs. Austin is coming off an ankle injury and is rounding back into shape.
2012 W Allex Austin of San Marcos
San Marcos 74  Austin Lanier 58
Hart had 27 and Austin 25, as they both put in work for the 2nd game in a row.

Georgetown 79  Austin Lanier 46
Lanier got 14 from Senior Mark Brown while Georgetown was led by 2013 G Jacob Vick with 16

Austin Akins 47  Georgetown 46
2012 G Michael Hardge had 16 in the loss for Georgetown

Round Rock McNeil 68  New Braunfels Canyon 61
2014 G Trey Dilworth had 22 for the Mavs and Senior G Sean Tollinger had 21 for Canyon in the loss.
2014 G Trey Dilworth plays much bigger than his 6'1" for Round Rock McNeil
Round Rock McNeil 68  Smithson Valley  46
Dilworth followed up with 16 points in the convincing win over SV.

Liberty Hill 67  Buda Hays  60
With half their squad suffering from the flu, Liberty Hill struggled and dug deep to beat Hays behind 23 from 2013 F Blake Danielak and 20 from 2013 PG Shane Lacaille.
2013 F 6'7" Blake Danielak had 23 in the win for Liberty Hill
Liberty Hill 67 Bandera 50
LH used balanced scoring and went deep into their bench in taking care of Bandera.  Danielak had 13, Lacaille 11 and Senior Steven Graves added 13.