Friday, March 13, 2009

Texas 5A Semi Finals/Louisiana 4A Champions

Desoto 48 Houston Strake Jesuit 44

Strake Jesuit's undefeated season went up in smoke at the hands of a great Desoto surge in the last minute and a half. Desoto finished the game on a 10-0 run, holding Jesuit scoreless in the last two minutes.

Rico Dandridge was clutch down the stretch with a big three pointer, steal and rebound. Strake had control with a little over the minute to play in the game. Let's see; possession, score, clock and foul count are all in your favor. The fly in the ointment is instead of holding the ball, and forcing Desoto to foul Penn State bound Tim Frazier decided to drive the lane and throw up a leaing floater. No good. Desoto hit a subsequent three and an additional basket...Game over the other way. Great job by Desoto as they maintained thier composure while down to get the win.

Cedar Hill 61 Converse Wagner 58

The Coach's son, Tanner Mislon hit a wide open three ball from the corner as the clock wound down to less than three seconds to propel Cedar Hill to an exciting semifinal win over Wagner.

Perimeter shooting was brutal for both teams, but especially for Wagner as they went 5-23 from beyond the arc. However, Wagner's relentless pace and hustle on the boards where they outrebounded Cedar Hill kept them in the game. Cedar Hill had a 6 point lead with a shade over 2 minutes left in the game but Wagner came fighting back hitting two rare three pointers and a layup to draw even with 12 seconds to play.

2010 W Jordan Clarkson led Wagner with 19 points and 2010 W 6'6" Andre Roberson battled on the boards all night long. Overall Cedar Hill was the more physical team with man child 2011 Thomas Gibson a load underneath all night long. 6'0" G and linebacker Jordan Jones drew the defensive matchup on the Big Fella and let me tell you, they'll both be bruised and battered tomorrow. Shawn Glover was clearly the best player on the floor as he showed a very nice mid range game, he blocked shots and had 19 points for CH.

The 2009 F 6'6" Glover had offers from Oklahoma State & Marquette among others but has opted to take his game out West. He signed with the Utah Utes and should be a good one.
In Lousiana, Slidell Salmen won their first State 4A title by beating Bossier 61-46