Saturday, November 29, 2008

Strake Jesuit Crusaders 62 Glen Oaks Panthers, LA 49

Top To Bottom:
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)

I'm here in Houston at Rick Nelson's Texas Classic. Any time there is an out of state matchup it always adds a little bit of extra spice and intrigue. I'll also get to see my old friend, Austin native Jeff Jones the Glen Oaks Assistant. Prior to the game, I had a chance to meet legendary Glen Oaks Head Man Harvey Adger who has had tremendous success with the Panthers over the years. His reputation is that of a no nonsense disciplinarian. My kind of guy.

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, 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.

Leading Scorers

Glen Oaks

Drye 6

Strake Jesuit

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

Gen Oaks

Brian Williams 8
Tre Drye 6pts 9 Rebounds

Strake Jesuit

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

Strake Jesuit

Joey Brooks 23