Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lone Star Invitational Austin Akins 56 San Antonio Marshall 36

2009 W/P Rashad Miller of Austin Akins HS
I'm here at San Antonio Alamo Heights HS for the doubleheader which opens the Lone Star Invitational Tournament. Akins HS out of Austin comes into tonight's game 5-0. Being 5-0 is nice way for anyone to start the season but for anyone who has watched Austin basketball for awhile it's nothing short of remarkable. 2nd year Coach David Peavey came back to HS after a one year stint coaching Division 1 basketball at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. He has instilled pride and order where there was none. AKins is right there with the standard bearers in Austin basketball this year and may end up messing around and being the best team in the area. Look for supremacy to come from within their own tough District with Pflugerville and Westlake and perhaps even Bowie looking to have a say in the matter.

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.

Leading Scorers

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