Sunday, March 8, 2009

Texas 4A/5A Final Four Forecast

LBJ 2010 G 6'2" Donald Dallas will lead the Jaguars into the Erwin Center on Thursday in an attempt to bring the hardware of a State Champinship home to Austin.We finished up the predictions leading to the Texas State Championships in the Drum by picking only one of four participants in the 4A, but made a clean sweep in 5A including Duncanville going down to Cedar Hill on a buzzer beater.

The Schedule is set for Austin with the Boys 4A Semi Finals tipping off on Thursday.

The opening game pits Houston Yates against Mansfield Timberview. In my opinion Yates is the best team in Texas regardless of class. Expect this one to be a rout as Brandon"Snap" Peters and company bring their high flying act to the Capital City. My old buddy greg Wise (Arizona G Nic Wise's Pop) get his State Championship ring this time around....Yates by 20+

In the 2nd game of the double header Dallas Kimball will take on the Pride of the Eastside, Austin's own LBJ Jaguars. Kimball will be tough to beat, but the Jags are on their home turf. My mind says Kimball, but my heart says LBJ. It's time for Coach Freddie Roland to get his ring and quiet his detractors. Despite 11 District Championships this man has never been honored by his peers as Coach of the Year. An embarrassment, IMO. Hopefully it's rectified this year. Jags by 2.
In 5A Semi Final action, starting Friday evening Houston Strake Jesuit with their perfect 37-0 record will take on Desoto. Expect a good game here with the D-1 trio of Strake guards proving to be a little too much for the talented Desoto squad. Penn State bound Tim Frazier, Rice bound Steve Rogers, and Notre Dame bound Joey Brooks are a handful in the backcourt.
The 2nd game will have San Antonio Wagner and their all out pressing assault going against Cedar Hill. Hard to bet against the team that upended Duncanville (Cedar Hill) but the same could be said for Wagner who beat Ballyhooed San Antonio Madison along their playoff trail. Wagner by 5.
Could this be the start of a significant shift and new found respect for the Austin & San Antonio entrants? I'd like to think so.