Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Great early season competition. Props to the young Lake Travis team for hanging in there and competing hard while learning the game from Coach Lance Carter. The three 6th grade groups were evenly matched. The championship game saw Lake Travis come from 12 points down with only a few minutes to play to win at the buzzer v. Westlake Hoops in the championship and avenge their pool play defeat.From Top To Bottom:
Lake Travis Select is a program that does a great job of instilling the fundamentals in the youngsters. Program Director Lance Carter played his D-1 ball at Mercer University in Georgia and also doubles as a coach of one of the Texas D-1 Ambassadors high school groups during the summer. It's a joy to watch his littlest new crew do the simple things such as passing and cutting away from the ball. If parents of young players have patience, Lance will instill/reinforce a lifelong love of the game in their kids.
Players to watch:
Class of 2016 (5th Grade)
Jack Wakefield (Lake Travis Select)
Class of 2015 (6th Grade)
Hudson Hall (Westlake Hoops)
Jake Budde (Lake Travis Select)
Friday, December 12, 2008
2011 G Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael's dropped 19 points in the 1st half v. Pflugerville.
2009 PG Jonathan Garza of Pflugerville (Lamar University signee) led the Panthers in the 2nd half to their victory over St. Michaels.
1st Quarter Killeen 16 Belton 10
2nd Quarter Killeen 25 Belton 22
Belton Jacob Whitman 5
Kileen Shon Lewis 5
3rd Quarter Killeen 35 Belton 30
FINAL SCORE Killeen 62 Belton 51
Belton Jacob Whitman 14
Killeen Jefferson 12pts 12 rebounds 5 blocks Ja”Corie Baker 12
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Bottom: 2010 G 6'0 Paul Garnica of San Antonio Lee
In a game that went back and forth for almost it's entirety it was fitting that it ended on a last second buzzer beater by Del Valle's Rodney Lee. Can't say we didn't see it coming as I was sitting with one of Rodney's long time summer coaches, Jim Doolin. "Max, if they don't box out (Lee) Rodney's gonna dunk on them". And, he darn near did. Lee skyed over the collapsed Lee interior D and tipped it in well above the rim for the W. Nice win for the Cardinals.
Best player on the court, in the defeat was Lee PG Paul Garnica. Even with an injured hand he can score from the perimeter, get to the rim at will and has the best court vision in San Antonio. He's a very good student, in addition to being an on the court leader and will be a Big Time prospect...scratch that, he's already a big time prospect.
Del Valle: Rodney Lee 12, Braylon Thomas 11
San Antonio Lee: Ryan Pierce 19 Paul Garnica 17
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
He is currently averaging 19 pts, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks
Springer, like most young big men has plenty of work to go before he's a finished product. He has to improve his strength, aggressiveness, court awareness and overall skill set. Having said that, he has size 17 flippers and a baby face which are pretty good indicators of potential further physical growth. He missed a complete high school season last year, however he's very coachable and in the 10 months I've been watching him you can see improvements in his coordination, athleticism and touch around the goal. His footwork is also better than average. This leads me to conclude that he has lots of upside.
The gem in all of this is that Springer has a 31 ACT score! He will be a very good D-3 player (possibly D-2) that can make a program better. He's getting a ton of mail at the moment from high academic schools and already has several academic scholarships in the bag.
College coaches interested in additional info, feel free to call Coach Max Ivany at 512-791-5455 or via email at TexasBasketball@aol.com
The Springer File
Parents: Al & Melinda Springer of Dripping Springs, TX
School: Austin Hyde Park HS
Club Team: Texas D-1 Ambassadors/Cen Tex Shooters
Academic Interests: Law
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1st Quarter San Antonio Alamo Heights 17 Austin Westlake 15
Westlake comes out of the gate with a deep three by Doolin from the top. Alamo Heights looks like it's committed to the half court trap and Westlake to its full court pressure. AH is well coached by veteran Charlie Boggess. His team has beaten the Chaps for a couple of early layups for an 8-5 lead. Westlake is getting the perimeter looks it wants, but the last several have not fallen. Nice passing by Westlake and an easy layup by Kemper. Kemper with a strong offensive board and a put back. Westlake 9 Alamo Heights 8 with 2:46 to play in the 1st. Nice high low pass from Big Gus Leeper to Kemper for another easy layup. Leeper with a block on the other end. If Leeper plays this well on a regular basis Westlake can beat anybody. Hartle strokes a 3 for AH and it's tied at 11. Out of the scrum, Doolin puts in a reverse layup. Hartle with a full court pass to Villanueva for 3eeeeeee! Doolin back the other way to the rack for Westlake, and another AH three by Dent. Good basketball. The AH student section has the gym rocking.
2nd Quarter Austin Westlake 35 San Antonio alamo Heights 27
Nice give to Kemper off the drive by Doolin for 2. Doolin shows mad range with the three. You cannot back off this guy because he will shoot it. This is as good as I've seen Leeper and Kemper rebound. Westlake is up 22-19. To this point it looks like it's going to be whoever hits the most threes will win though because that's what both teams are settling for. Steal Doolin. Inbounds to Leeper and another nice pass by the Big 'Un to Meyertons for 2. Villanueva right back for the Mules...and 1. Westlake 24- AH 22 with 3:28 left in the half. Hartle at the line. Miss, Make. Nice board and outlet by 2010 Jeremy Cox to Doolin for the layup. Doolin the length of the court with the hesitation dribble for 2, and a shot at the and 1....GOOD. Westlake by 6 for the biggest lead of the game. Nice fall away bank shot by Dent . Doolin with the NBA triple. ...then it's Kemper from long distance. Westlake 35- Alamo Heights 25.
Thomas Villanueva 10
Cody Doolin 18
Conner Kemper 11
3rd Quarter Westlake 53 Alamo Heights 43
Hartle hits a short jumper. Rebound Kemper, blocked shot Kemper. He's flying around the court with his Texas D-1 Ambassador summer team mate Doolin. Hartle called for the charge. Doolin called for one on the other end. TO Westlake as they hold onto a 7 point lead. Long three by Kemper. Doolin for 2 off the halfcourt trap. TO Alamo Heights as Westlake leads 42-30. I can hear Coach Boggess telling his troops to keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting....He has confidence in his kids to get hot and start draining some of those trey balls. Nice drop down low to the AH big man, 6'6" Knox Schroller for 2. Nice loose ball hustle by AH. AH missed three straight deep balls on that possession. Nice pull up jumper by Misquez to pull AH to within 7. Big frosh Drew Wikelius has entered the game for Westlake. Looks like Leeper needs a break. Will the pace be a factor down the stretch? Villanueva with the weakside rebound and bucket for AH. Doolin answers back, followed by an and 1 by King for Westlake. Nice dish by C.J. Shapiro for an easy AH bucket. The son, of another Coach Shapiro at St. Mary's Hall. Funny how those kids seem to make the right play more often than not. Kemper with the long triple. Banks are open. did he call it? lol They put the 3 up on the board. Leeper with the 8 foot shot. Villanueva for 3 at the buzzer and it's a spirited game.
Kemper snags two rebounds to open the quarter. He has a double double. Dolin powers up a layup in traffic off the offensive rebound. Doolin with another hesitation dribble to the rack. TO Alamo Heights. Westlake 57 Alamo Heights 44 with 5:28 left in the game. Nice offensive board and put back by AH Ross Thomas. Kemper answers back on the other end. Shapiro is on the line as Leeper picks up his 4th foul. Make, Make. Houston for 3 and the Chaps lead by 14. Kemper at the line. Make, Make. He has 21 for Westlake. Another unforced AH turnover, and this could turn into a rout. With 2:30 left Westlake is emptying it's bench. Doolin drives for another deuce. Villanueva for 2 the other way. Doolin on the line..Make, Make. He has 30, and is done for the day.
FINAL SCORE AustinWestlake 70 Alamo Heights 50
Thomas Villanueva 17
Co-Players of the Game
Cody Doolin 30
Conner Kemper 21 12 rebounds
1st Quarter Austin Akins 20 San Antonio Marshall 7
With 6:40 left, Marshall calls TO. Senior Jonny Drass has scored all 7 points for the Akins Eagles. With 3:50 left Marshall breaks it's goose egg. Akins 15-2 at this point. Akins is employing a 3/4 court zone trap and then dropping back into man and Marshall simply doesn't know how to handle it, lacking both the awareness and athleticism to run the court with the Eagles. They've had only two quality shots in the first 8 minutes.
Half Time Akins 33 Marshall 21
Drass drops another triple for Akins. 25-10. Timeout Marshall. Akins rebounds, and outlets into layups almost every 2nd possession. No adjustment by Marshall to drop a defender back and at least try and make Akins play out of a half court set. Steal at midcourt by Senior Michael Willie for a dunk!!!!!!! Akins 33-12. With a 20 point lead, Coach Peavey is making his kids work and be accountable. One Akins player lost his guy for a back door bucket and out he comes. Non nonsense. I like it. Marshall goes on a mini run to end the half and make the score respectable. These are high school kids so anything can happen, but I just don't see this becoming a game.
Shawn Caldwell 7
Christian Maldonado 11
Jonny Drass 10
3rd Quarter Akins 49 Marshall 29
A quick 4-0 run for Akins to start the 2nd half and another TO by Marshall to stop the bleeding. Nice turn to the bucket for a power layup by Rashad Miller. Miller follows it up with an almost identical deuce. He really does a good job of making himself big when posting up and has a great power move from the left block.
4th Quarter Akins Marshall
Nice jumpstop by Marshall's Cooper Sylestine as he drops in a layup. The lanky 2010 player is fundamentally sound, and why not..his pop Steve coached John Jay for years and is now the girls coach at Stevens HS. Akins is subbing freely to the end of their bench. Play is getting sloppier, with lots of unforced turnovers at each end. Deep three by soph Yolonzo Moore. Akins 56-36. TO Marshall.
FINAL SCORE Austin Akins 56 San Antonio Marshall 36
Player of the Game
Rashad Miller of Akins HS 17 points
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1. 2009 Zach Burdick dropped 21 on St. Michael's tonight
2. 2009 P 6'5" Chuck Thornally had a double double, including 15 pts.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
1. 2010 WG 6'4" Brian Williams of Glen Oaks, LA High School
2. 2011 P 6'6" Tre Drye of Glen Oaks, LA High School
3. 2009 PG 5'10" Steven Rogers of Houston Strake Jesuit HS (Committed to Rice University)
4. 2009 2G Joey Brooks of Houston Strake Jesuit HS (committed to Notre Dame)
Strake Jesuit features 2009 G Steven Rogers who is a Rice commit, 2009 G Tim Frazier who's a Penn State commit and 2009 G 6'5" Joey Brooks who is a Notre Dame commit.
Glen Oaks is a perennnial power from Baton Rouge, LA. They feature a couple of the top youngsters in the country in 2011 P 6'6" Tre Drye and 2010 WG 6'4" Brian Williams. What I love about these two guys is that they are "A Honor Roll" kids. Williams has already been offered by Oklahoma and LSU, who are here in the stands watching. Glen Oaks is 7-1 with their only loss being to Helen Cox HS, last year's State Champion in Louisiana.
I love coming to Houston, my hometown. They love their basketball. There's a who's who in the crowd of local high school coaches, John Lucas (who may be purchasing the Kingwood Classic and the Las Vegas Main Event), My Man Jimmy Hicks of RCSSports.com, Glenn Smith of DFW Hoops, Sam Lowe of TexasHoops, and a variety of college coaches including Oklahoma, LSU, McNeese State, North Texas as well as various JuCo's. Sherman Dillard of Nike was getting an early look at talent for next year's Nike Jamboree and Nike Skills and LeBron's Camp. It was a great atmosphere at a great facility. Strake Jesuit has a beautiful set up.1st Quarter Houston Strake Jesuit 14 Glen Oaks, LA 8
Nice seal and layup by Tre Drye for the 1st bucket of the game. Both teams are in very deliberate sets with Strake working the perimeter with their guard heavy lineup and Glen Oaks working inside out to Drye and Williams. Consecutive treys by Brooks and Rogers and Strake has an 11-2 lead. Drye for two more, but he's now 0-3 from the charity stripe. Williams skys for an offensive board, dropping it in for two as the crowd reacts to the explosiveness. He's going to be a 2G when he heads off to college, but has to play down low for his HS team. Strake's guards are significantly longer than Glen Oaks. The Panthers are sound though on the boards. You do not get too many 2nd chance boards against them. The youngster Drye has 8 in the quarter.
3 players with 3 points
2nd Quarter Houston Strake Jesuit 28 Glen Oaks 23
Another offensive board for Drye and a putback. 16-10 Strake. Brooks for 3. Williams with another mega dunk. Another quick layup by the Panthers and now it's 19-14. TO Strake. Brandon Johnson for GO, Frazier with the floater for Strake. 21-16. Glen Oaks draws a charge. Maybe that's what they need to change the momentum. Three by the lanky Williams, showing he can do it inside and out. Rogers answers back with a triple of his own for Strake. Frazier tried to posterize Glen Oaks, but Brian Williams rejected him at the rim. High flyers in action, folks. Frazier gets the offensive board in the lane and puts a floater up. Williams snatches his 2nd steal in a row and gets fouled going to the rim. Miss, Make. Strake 28 Glen Oaks 23
Leading Scorers At The Half
Brian Williams 8
Tre Drye 6pts 9 Rebounds
Tim Frazier 8
Joey Brooks 8
3rd Quarter Strake Jesuit 50 Glen Oaks 36
2010 6'8" Strake C Elliott Franshaw enters the game and immediately makes an impact with a block and subsequent free throws on the other end. Great ball movement by Strake as Rogers drops a 3. Williams hits two free throws for Glen Oaks. Brooks with a strong move to the middle for 2..and 1 is good. Brooks is built like a football player, but is very smooth. Nice hesitation, up and under move by Williams. Brooks with another 3. Timeout Strake as they are now up by 14. Penn State commit Tim Frazier sees the court as well as anybody and is cat quick. Frazier with a nice pass to Brooks for the acrobatic layup. Glen Oaks is a very nice team, but it's tough to jump off the bus after a 5 hour ride and expect underclassmen to handle three Senior D-1 guards.
4th Quarter Strake Jesuit 62 Glen Oaks 49
With 4:40 left the game is getting a little sloppy. Strake is in command, 56-39. Brooks is too strong, and Frazier is too quick...and that's the bottom line. To their credit Glen Oaks is still hustling but they are simply out of gas.
FINAL SCORE Houston Strake Jesuit 62 Glen Oaks 49
Players of the Game
Glen Oaks HS Brian Williams 23 pts
Joey Brooks 23
2. 2010 CG 6'3" Donald Dallas of Austin LBJ
2nd Baptist comes out afire to open the quarter. Jags are getting caught in transition and they are paying the price. 2nd Baptist has stretched their lead out to 9 with 5:59 left to play. Big 3 by Darryl Roberts out of the timeout for LBJ. Nice mid range baseline shot by Rose. Roberts and Dallas are giving a lot of energy for the Jags. Sweet dish by Dallas to Heider. 6 point game. Rose, kicks it to Sanders for 3. Donald Dallas comes back with the 4 point play! Slashing runner by Robinson. Turnover 2nd Baptist. TO. LBJ has a chance to narrow it to one, or tie with 2:39 left in the game. Brown drops the layup in for LBJ. 1 point game! Floater by Sanders. Possession arrow Jags after a scrum on the floor. With 23 seconds left, the Jags have fouled Rose. Make, Miss. 4 point 2nd Baptist lead. Dallas with the length of the floor layup. TO Jags with 12 seconds left and a 2 point game. Rose back on the line one more time. Make, Make. The freshman cements the win.
FINAL SCORE Houston 2nd Baptist 75 Austin LBJ 71
Player of the Game for 2nd Baptist is LJ Rose with 19 points and 7 assists
Player of the Game for Austin LBJ is Donald Dallas with 10 points.
Darryl Roberts also chipped in with 15 points for LBJ.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
2. San Antonio Reagan Timeout: Coach Littleton, always teaching and spurring his troops onward.
This is our 1st peek at Reagan, but we do know they'll be well coached as Jimmy Littleton really knows his stuff. Whatever else they do, they will man you up tough defensively. Looks like they're a little bit young but they have three of the better sophs in the San Antonio area. 2011 6'5" W Max Yon can really fill it up and California move in 2011 PG 6'2" Tre Demps has a smooth game. 2011 P 6'8" Darrious Hamilton is athletic and has a nice touch. Their Senior leadership is anchored by 2009 W 6'3' Reggie Hargrove.
1st Quarter San Antonio Reagan 14 Westlake 9
Off the opening tip Doolin blows past his defender and gets to the rack for 2. Westlake is pressing full court, Reagan has to make an adjustment. Nice running scoop by Reagan Senior G Wayne Martinez. Play is a little sloppy as the teams trade turnovers, miss chippie shots and displaying just an all around lackluster brand of play. Perhaps that's to be expected out of two team's whose leadership comes from sophs and juniors. I guess I'm spoiled after seeing the 32 minutes of intensity yesterday between San Antonio Madison and Pflugerville. Yon hits a nice 15 foot jumper off the catch and shoot. That's a weapon that makes him dangerous. He follows with a nice slash to the basket for 2 more. Westlake is simply not finishing at the rim or playing with intensity.
Cody Doolin 4
San Antonio Madison
Wayne Martinez 5
Darrious Hamilton 5
2nd Quarter (Halftime) Westlake 34 Reagan 31
I'm liking Demps. He's long, and willing to defend. He hit a nice scoop and a deep 3. It's Reagan 21 Westlake 17, as Big Leeper gets off with a Duncan-like kiss off the backboard for the Chaps. Nice dribble drive by Fell, and a kick to the corner for the big Wing, Kemper for 3eeeeeeeeeeee! 21-21 Even Up.
Doolin steals the ball, and gets the layup despite the intentional foul by Demps. Two free throws are good. Westlake by 4 and the ball. Kemper at the free throw line. Make, Make. 12-0 run Westlake. Timeout Reagan. 27-21 Westlake with 3:14 left in the half.
Nice dish by Yon out of the TO, to Hamilton for the layup...and one...GOOD! Unguarded on the other end, Kemper hits his 2nd conscutive triple. That's what makes him a potential D-1 mid major or better in my opinion although he MUST start playing aggressively and taking advantage of that big body on a regular v. intermittent basis. Once he figures that out, look out folks. Anoth easy layup for Hamilton followed by one by Reggie Hargrove and momentum has swung back again. Timeout Westlake. Chaps are up by 3 with 1:37 left to play in the half.
Leading Scorers at the Half
3rd Quarter Austin Westlake 55 San Antonio Reagan 40
A quick layup by Westlake's Cliff Houston opens the 2nd half scoring. Great hustle play by Kemper as he's laying on the floor..steal..gets it back...Threee Kenper! That's a difference maker. 40-32 Westlake leads with 5:00 left in the 3rd...another steal by Kemper....three ball Doolin...Timeout Reagan as the Chaps widen their lead to 11.
Coach Littleton is about to blow a gasket with his young team and their mistakes...lol Oh the joys of coaching 15 and 16 year olds. I love it, as he's always teaching and trying to make his guys get it NOW and to make them better players....Another 3 by Doolin.followed by another by Kemper..Westlake by 16. Nice runner by Demps in the lane...and one...Miss. Demps with the short jumper off the glass....Reagan now needs a couple of stops to get back in the game. Nice follow by Leeper off a Doolin miss...and now Leeper takes a charge at the other end....The Big Guy is showing some real good signs of aggression. That quarter was all Westlake 21-9.
4th Quarter Austin Westlake San Antonio Reagan
Nice steal and subsequent dime by Doolin as he caught Kemper in full stride for a layup and 1...Good. Nice move by Yon under the bucket. He'll be a good one as time goes by. Nice floater by Demps...again, I like the Reagan youngsters. Nice dish by Hargrove, bucket Yon..Steal, layup Demps..Reagan on a run now and it's a mangageable 10 point game. Timeout Westlake as they could not inbound the ball. Hargrove with a hard driving layup. Another Reagan steal and layup...6 point Westlake lead. Kemper goes to the line for Westlake...Make, Make. Demps on the line for Reagan...make make. 6 point lead with 2:30 left in the game. In bounds from Doolin to Kemper, for a lay in. The two longtime summer team mates are showing nice chemistry. Another nice dish by Hargrove. Westlake by 9 and it's now a free throw shooting contest with less than a minute left to play. Doolin at the line...Make, Make. Another nice mid range shot by Demps as he showed great body control coming across the lane. Kemper on the line...Make, Make. A final bucket by Demps makes it 72-63
FINAL SCORE Austin Westlake 72 San Antonio Reagan 63
San Antonio Reagan
Tre Demps 17
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1. 2012 W/P Christopher Campbell
2. Madison Huddle, with Coach Valenzuela sppurring his troops on.
3. Pflugerville Player of the Game 2011 CG Deion Mitchell
4. San Antonio Madison Player of the Game 2010 Jamaal Johnson
(My apologies of the blurred pic Jamaal, we'll take another one of you soon...Coach Max
Pflugerville is without 2009 P 6'8" Osas Ebomwonyi (Lamar signee) and highly recruited 2010 W 6'5" Demetris Smith who is wearing a boot on his foot. For Madison 6'8" Big Timer 2010 Steven Baird will be absent as unfortunately his grandfather passed on. Rest in peace, and our condolences to the Baird Family.
There is plenty of star power left. Pflugerville PG 2009 5'10" Jonathan Garza (Lamar signee) and 2010 CG 5'11" Deion Mitchell (the top Austin area guard prospect in 2011) will be forced to handle what promises to be relentless Madison pressure and depth. They will have to protect the ball and hit their perimeter shots on offense.
On the other side Madison will bring the heat with 2009 6'3" CG Cameron Catlett , 2009 P 6'4" Jonathan Landry ( a Coppin State signee) and 2009 6'4" Travis Smith. Don't know if he'll get any burn, but Madison also boasts one of Texas' brightest 2012 prospects in 2012 W 6'5" Christopher Campbell.
1st Quarter Madison 14 Pflugerville 12
Two early Madison buckets by running the high-low with Simmons and Landry, followed by a nice leaner on the P'ville end by Todd and a smooth triple by Mitchell. P'ville5 Madison 4. Timeout Madison.
2nd Quarter San Antonio Madison 31 Pflugerville 28
Todd hit a nice 15 foot bank shot from the wing to draw the two team even. Three ball and layup Jamaal Johnson for the Mavs. Timeout P'ville with 5:56 left in the 2nd, as Madison goes up 19-14. Nice leaning floater by Mitchell in the lane. Pflugerville is getting impatient with their shot selection. This may be a key point in the game. Two baskets by Storm Woods, just recently off the football field is keeping Pflugerville close. Landry drops a layup in, and one...free throw, no good. Todd is doing a hack of a job on the boards almost by himself for Pflugerville. 28-22 Madison leads. WOW..what a dime by Mitchell...bullet pass for the bucket. ..another dime by Mitchell..that's 3 sweet looks. We're tied again. Travis Smith on the line, and one for the Mavs and a 3 point lead.
San Antonio Madison
Jamaal Johnson 8
Jonathan Landry 8
Bryan Todd 11 pts 7 rebounds
Storm Woods 8
Nice transition bucket by Garza. Goaltending against Travis Smith. 32-31 Madison. Madison has a nice group, but I'm not convinced they can consistently shoot from the perimeter. Nice dish from Catlett to Woods for 2. Timeout Madison with 5:04 left and Madison up by 2.
Nice seal by Madison, 6 footer by Simmons. DUNK!....Brian Todd for The Ville...BLOCK..Todd, Mitchell with the trey ball. Timeout Madison, with 3:07 left in the 3rd. Pflugerville 37 San Antonio Madison 36. The two teams have just traded threes. Not sure how this one will end up, but oddly enough it's Pflugerville who is contrlling the pace. Madison cannot control the Panther guards off the dribble. We'll see if fatigue factors in during the last 8 minutes.
4th Quarter Madison 41 Pflugerville 40
Here we go...this is where champions are made! Jarell Turner for three, P'ville by two. This is a FUN HS basketball game...I love it! Will anyone get on a run in the last 7:00 minutes? Poor free throw shooting by Madison not a good sign. Mitchell for 3eeeeeeeeeeeee! The youngster Campbell is now on the line for the Mavs. Miss, Make. Ville by 1 with 5:40 left to play. 46-46
Coach Murphy and Coach Valenzuela are trading good natured barbs...Murph's complaining they've only shot 3 free throws, while Val says they haven't been fouling...lol (Two of the nicer guys in coaching by the way folks)
Steal by Catlett, bucket Madison. Timeout Pflugerville with 3:27 left and Madison up by 2. Free throws have tied the game...AGAIN...numerous lead changes. Bucket Simmons...Mavs by 2. Deep 3 by Mitchell is long...Madison is spreading the floor looking for a layup. Timeout Madison with 1:31 left to play. Madsion 52 P'Ville 50.
Steal Pflugerville! Bucket Mitchell....we're even....and Madison is looking for one shot. Catlett is on the line for Madison, double bonus time....Make, Make. Desperation tip by Todd at the buzzer! It's good!....OT BABY!....This is a helluva game folks. You do not have to go to Houston or Dallas to see good basketball.
Let's see if Madison's OT experience v North Crowley and Duncanville at the McDonald's Invitational will be a deciding factor. Madison ball, off the jump violation. Rebound P'ville off the Landry miss. Mitchell goes to the line to shoot 2. ..Miss, Make. Simmons with the power layup, and a chance for the Mavs and 1. Todd has fouled out...this hurts the Panthers big time on the boards. Make! Two point Madison lead. Simmons on the line again for the Mavs. Make...Make. Madison by 4. Steal Mitchell, layup Garza. Layup Landry. Mitchell for a deep three! Timeout Pflugerville with 1;3o left. Madison 61 Pflugerville 60.
Travel Madison, Pflugerville ball. 1:18 to play. Leaner by Jarell Turner. Ville by 1. Catlett shooting two...Miss, Make...Tie game...It's hully gully as all get out with 4 turnovers in the last crazy 30 seconds, and we're on to a 2nd OT! 62-62
Madsion is in the double bonus..they have been for about 7 minutes, Pflugerville is in the one and one. Ville gets the tip. Referee Ivan Booker should get extra pay for this one. Catlett hits a 2 from the perimeter. Garza answers with a tough shot. Catlett is back on the line...Make, Make. Madsion 64-62. Garza, jumper...GOOD. Timeout Pflugerville with 1:56 left. Game is tied 66-66.
Garza is on the line...one and one...MISS. Jamaal Johnson for threeeeeee! Garza misses the three. Timeout Madison. 69-66 with 51 seconds to play.
BULLETIN: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO HOUSTON OR DALLAS TO SEE GREAT BASKETBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If this was on ESPN, it would be an Instant Classic.
FINAL SCORE Madison 74 Pflugerville 66
Player of the Game for San Antonio Madison was 2010 PG Jamaal Johnson with 20 points. He was the only reliable perimeter threat for the Mavs today with Big Steven Baird missing. 2009 G Cameron Catlett finished with 15 pts. He hit two shots from the field and added 11 more from the charity stripe.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Bottom: Player of the Game Conner Kemper registered a double double dropping 12 points on Cedar Park while controlling the boards in the absence of 6'9" Gus Leeper who is nursing an ankle injury for the Chaps.
Look for senior leadership from 2009 6'5" Zach Corbin of CP and for Westlake everything runs through 2010 PG Cody Doolin who has a D-1 offer under his belt already from San Francisco of the West Coast Conference. Also look for 6'6" W Connor Kemper to play well. He's another D-1 prospect who can light it up inside and out for the Chaps.
Looks like 6'9" Gus Leeper is nursing a tender ankle and will not be in the lineup for Westlake. This could be a factor. Westlake is coming off a loss to a tough Austin Lake Travis squad.
#2 2009 Chris King
#23 Carl Meyertons
#24 Cliff Houston
#33 2010 Conner Kemper
#45 2010 Cody Doolin
#3 2009 Matthew Turner
#4 Dmarcus Rosenthal
#11 2009 Zach Corbin
#14 Brady Reeves
#21 Ben Hampton
1st Quarter Westlake 14 Cedar Park 10
Leading Scorer Westlake Doolin 7 pts
Nobody else on the floor with more than 3 pts.
Halftime Westlake 27 Cedar Park 17
Nice 10 foot soft jumper by Kemper, contested in the lane..SWISH. 19-14 Westlake as Doolin hits the spinning scoop shot and the subsequent free throw. Timeout Westlake. Westlake's pressure fullcourt is causing a couple of occasional tunrovers but I am impressed with the number of deflections that they are getting their hands on. CP is not playing with confidence in front of their home crowd and at the moment are rebounding poorly. If it wasn't for Westlake's plethora of missed layups and chippies it would be much more than a 5 point game.
Tineout CP as Coach Brown's not happy with their inability to stop Doolin's penetration. Now Westlake's press is getting it's turnovers. (5 of the last 7 trips). CP needs to get energized on it's home court and come out a tad more hungry in the 2nd half as they simply cannot get the shots they want, settling for perimeter stuff that is not falling.
Leading Scorers @ the Half
3rd Quarter Westlake 44 Cedar Park 31
This is a tough game to sit through. There have been NO lead changes, and lots of turnovers, missed shots and miscues by both teams.
Matthew Turner 10
Zach Corbin scored his 1st bucket of the game as the 4th quarter began. Frankly, the bouncy wing has to step up if CP expects to make a run. Timeout CP. WL 50-CP 33 Too many turnovers. As the season progresses, the ballhandling has to improve for the Timberwolves to be a playoff team. They have wins under their belt against Waco Midway and Bastrop but appear to be headed for their 1st loss.
FINAL SCORE Westlake 57 Cedar Park 46
I thought perhaps CP could have taken advantage of the absence of Gus Leeper, but Stromberg and Reeves never could receive the ball down low. The CP play by play man said it all when he mentioned, "we're about to lose to a team shooting 32% from the field and 59% from the line". Cedar Park shot 44%, problem was they had minimal shot attempts from the field because of the turnovers. It was that kind of game. Kemper controlled the boards for Westlake.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Cen Tex/San Antonio/South Texas Top Teams
1. San Antonio Madison
I was dubious about Madison's ability to shoot consistently from the perimeter depsite their depth of talent. I have to give respect though as the Mavs won the prestigious McDonald's Invitational in Houston by beating defending 5A State Champion North Crowley by two, and then beating USA Today's National #1, Duncanville in overtime. 2009 G Cameron Catlett was named Tournament MVP. 2009 P 6'4" Jonathan Landry has committed to Coppin State and 2010 W Steven Baird is getting recruited by darn near everyone in the country.
2. San Antonio Stevens
Stevens has all the pieces to be #1. They won the NISD Tournament behind my projected San Antonio 2009 Player of the Year, Brandon Thompson. Big time player waiting for his test scores, will sign in the Spring. A host of quality 2009's fill out the Falcons roster. Defender supreme Dejon Taylor, W Julian Stallworth and P Aaron Plunkett are all quality guys.
3. Converse Wagner
Lost the season opener to Madison by 1. Deep, athletic crew led by D-1 prospect, 2010 6'3" Jordan Clarkson and 2010 6'5" Andre Roberson
The Panthers find themselves banged up in the early going as both D-1 commits to Lamar University are ailing. 2009 PG Jonathan Garza has a sore hand, while 2009 P 6'8" Shot Blocker Osas Ebomwonyi is still recovering from a broken leg and won't be available to the Panthers until mid to late December. Enough quality guys remain to make them extremely tough including super soph 2011 CG Deion Mitchell who is smooth as silk and 2010 6'4" Demetris Smith who can rebound with the best of them. Showdown with Madison on Thanksgiving Eve will give a real read on this bunch.
5. San Antonio Clark
With Navy commit 2009 PG Jordan Brickman running the show, Clark is tough. 2009 6'6" Chris Blake is a late blooming D-1 prospect as well.
6. Austin Akins
Don't underestimate this "surprise" pick. Look for the young Akins crew to make a lot of noise. Led by young 2011 PG Yolonzo Moore and 2010 F Kevin Mc Farland these are not "your daddy's Eagles". 2nd year Coach David Peavey came back to guide high school kids after a year in the college ranks. He's instilling pride and aggressiveness in a school with no prior basketball pedigree.
Out of the gate with an impressive win over The Woodlands and an outright shellacking of Pflugerville Hendrickson the Vikes are as always "ready to run". One of the consistently more aggressive teams in the State they are led by 2009 6'5" Terrance Wilbert and freshman sensation 2012 PG 6'1" J. Mychal Reese (the coach's son) who has long been considered the Nation's #1 prospect in the Class of 2012. He christened his HS career with an opening night 30 point effort v. Hendrickson with TexasBasketballinc.com in the house.
8. Killeen Ellison
Look for the Ellison Eagles to be a thorn in everyone's side under new Coach Alberto Jones. They've got plenty of athletes and a swagger. Tough to beat, especially when you play them in K-Town. Senior leadership from 2009's Zach Mims, Chris Harpe and several talented youngsters.
9. Austin Westlake
Led by 2010 PG 6'2" Cody Doolin who is arguably the best guard in the Austin area, regardless of class the Chaps have a lot of weapons but limited depth. Westlake has as many D-1 prospects as anyone as 2010 Doolin (already offered by San Francisco) 2010 W 6'6" Connor Kemper and 2010 P 6'9" Gus Leeper. The bad news is that none of them are seniors. Westlake may be a year away from a serious run, but new Coach Tres Ellis has a nice group to work with. We'll see how fast they mature.
10. Converse Judson
Coach Wacker has a veteran crew led by his son, 2009 6'8" Chris Wacker who has committed to St. Edward's. Judson has plenty of talent, and with a premium on each possession and keeping the score manageable will be in most games they play. I'll give them more respect as they play somebody. The Del Rio Tournament was mediocre with Judson drubbing everyone.
This program has quickly become the Pride of the Rio Grande Valley under the guidance of longtime Weslaco Coach Roy Swift. McHi will go as far as the strong back of 2010 F 6'6" J.J. Avila will take them. 2009 G 6'3" Cory Pace will attempt to lead their veteran crew back to the Regional in San Antonio for the 2nd year in a row.
Leander will be shooting for their 1st playoff berth in many a year, with enough talent to win 16-5A outright. 2009 PG 6'3" Joel Smith is a D-1 prospect as is 2011 P 6'5" Mark Nwakamma. 2009 Post A.D. Jones is a load at 6'6" and about 240. The Lions just need to mature and learn how to close out games.
13. San Antonio Taft
Taft got baptized at the tough McDonald's Invitational in Houston this past weekend but the tough comp will only make them better down the road. They'll get backcourt leadership from 2009 Dray Baker and 2011 PG 5'10" Dylan Elias one of the better playmakers in the Cen Tex/South Texas area.
14. San Antonio Lee
Coach Tommy Hines' Volunteers lack a serious post presence, but they've got a hustling crew. 2010 G 6'2' Ryan Pierce brings athleticism and can score in bunches. Any team though that has the top scoring PG in the Class of 2010 in San Antonio will always have a chance to compete and win their share of games. Hines has that kind of leadership in PG Paul Garnica, a special player that is capable of amking all those around him better while still getting his own.
15. Austin Bowie
Players play, but some coaches really do make a difference. Despite losing G Jeremy Green to PAC 10 Stanford Coach Celester Collier will coach 'em up and give the Bulldogs a chance to land a spot in the ultra competitive 25-5A. Look for leadership from 2009 G Urbanus and outside shooting from 2010 Trey Lindsey while big time football prospect 2010 6'4" P Deandre Perry does the dirty work inside.
Georgetown has nice size and athleticism with a pair of 6'7" twin towers in 2009 Payton Carrell and 2009 Jaron Vierra. We'll see how fast 2012 G Michael Hardge matures, as it could be the key to them maintaining last year's playoff level.
Others To Watch
San Antonio Warren
San Antonio Southwest
San Antonio Reagan