2011 PG 6'0" Dylan Elias looks to lead San Antonio Taft v. San Antonio Warren in tonight's matchup at Paul Taylor Fieldhouse.I'll be at Paul Taylor Fieldhouse in San Antonio tonight for what should be a great matchup between Taft & Warren. The winner will be in the cat bird seat for 3rd place in the District behind frontrunners Clark & Stevens.
Of interest to me will be the evaluation and progress shown of three talented underclassmen. Warren will need leadership from 2010 6'6" Sean Harris down low and on the boards, and from 2011 W Chris Freeman, while 2011 PG Dylan Elias one of Texas' best in the Class of 2011 will show his ability to run a team and also score from the point position for Coach Weaver's Taft squad.
1st Quarter Taft 18 Warren 16
The highlight of the period was a nice dunk in transition by Warren's 2009 Anthony Johnson. Senior Patrick Barton had 8 points as he dropped two from behind the arc. Big Sean Harris of Warren has the body of a D-1 tight end and nimble feet to match. I'd like to see him play with a little bit of an attitude though and have him dunking everything. Having said that, he has a nice soft touch.
Halftime Taft 27 Warren 27
Harris must have read my mind because he came out like his butt was on fire in the first few minutes of the quarter and had three blocked shots, tied up a guard in a held ball and then trailed on the break and cleaned up the missed layup with a rim rattler. I see him being a mid major three man if he continues to work on his conditioning and his intensity. He also finished the quarter by pinning another one at the top of the square. Nice job, Big Fella.
3rd Quarter Warren 52 Taft 46
2009 Anthony Johnson has started the 3rd with consecutive 3 pointers for Warren. Taft Answered back with triples by 2009 Dray Baker & 2011 G Carlos Gutierrez. Sandwiched in between 2010 W Akhenaton Zakariyyaa has swished the nets from beyond the arc for Warren. Zakariyyaa is explosive and can get to the rim as well. TO Taft as Warren opens up a 47-40 lead with 2:19 to go in the 3rd.
FINAL San Antonio Warren 73 San Antonio Taft 62
During a 4 minute stretch Zakariyyaa's slashing and Harris' work on the boards put Warren in front 60-49. Taft has now begun to pressure the Warren backcourt causing consecutive turnovers and 2 layups off steals. TO Warren as they try to regroup with 3:20 left and the score 60-53 in their favor. Great offensive board and subsequent tip by Harris to stop the Taft mini run. Game over, as Harris tries to tear down the backboard with all 230 plus pounds. That's power folks! Warren 66-53. Taft was just too undersized on the boards in this one.
Taft Carlos Gutierrez 19 Patrick Barton 15 Dylan Elias 12
Warren Akhenaton Zakariyyaa 15 Anthony Johnson 20
Sean Harris 14 points & 7 blocks as well as double digit rebounds.
San Antonio O'Connor 49 San Antonio Holmes 37
Earlier in the evening San Antonio O'Connor had 26 from 2009 P 6'5" Travis Gipson as he torched Holmes on the boards and on the block in his second dominating performance in a row that I've witnessed. A steady diet of him turning down low, with great foot work and solid finishes with power layups and bank shots put Holmes away. Once again, this kid can play somewhere. He's fundamentally sound and he's tough.