I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving with Family and Friends. Safe travels to everyone. I shared a wonderful mid afternoon dinner with my girl, and my business partner, T.J. Garza of Speed Killz at his new digs in Liberty Hill, TX. Wow. Camp Garza will be the place to be this spring break and summer for those who are looking to become bigger, faster and stronger in their sport specific training. It's complete with a bunkhouse. Congrats Coach Garza and Family.
Of course it didn't end there (why stop with eating once?..lol) as we trekked back to San Antonio to share the Texas-Aggie game with my son Chip and his Friend. He'd spent the last 5 days in Kentucky as UT-San Antonio went 2-1 in the O'Reilly Auto parts Classic. The beat UC-Irvine and Fairleigh-Dickinson, then dropped a heartbreaker by 2 to Eastern Kentucky after leading by 15 with about 6 minutes left in the game. The Roadrunners are 4-1 in the young season including a 62-50 win over Big ten opponent, Iowa Hawkeyes.
Go Texas, and Colt for Heisman!
After digesting Thanksgiving Dinner I checked my notes from the prior day's triple header. Enjoy your basketball dessert!
Converse Judson 53 Laredo United 50
You can no longer assume you're chalking one up in the win column when you play McAllen or Laredo United. United gave Judson all they could handle and had a one point lead over the host Rockets with 40 seconds to go. A superior effort by 2010 P 6'5" Cameron McNeil carried Judson as he had 16 points and double digit rebounds which was the slight difference.
For Laredo United, sharpshooting 2010 G Daniel Rosas had 16 points including several buckets from DEEP while handling Judson pressure all game long. The Longhorns got 17 from sharp shooting 2010 G Mike Elizondo. When he fouled out with a couple of minutes left you knew it was going to be tough for United to hang onto the lead. Just a few days ago, defending Regional 5A representative Converse Wagner went to Laredo and fell behind by 22 before a late surge allowed them to escape with the win by 3. Look for Laredo and McAllen ( lead by 2010 W 6'7" J.J. Avila) to knock heads prior to the Regional Finals.
Pflugerville 66 San Antonio Madison 59
Coach Mike Murphy and The Ville went on the road to San Antonio and handled San Antonio Madison. From beginning to end Pflugerville had the lead in a game with no real ebbs or flows. The exception was the end game where Pflugerville almost stumbled, but because of lights out free throw shooting they took a meager one point lead and exapnded it once again to seven in the final analysis.
Senior G Jamal Johnson (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo) had a much better game than I saw him have in the entire McDonald's Invitational several days prior. He finished with 20 for the Mavs. 2012 W 6'6" Christopher Campbell added 14 and frosh Trayvon Landry had 7 for the hosts. Senior W 6'5" Demetris "Cleveland" Smith had 17 as well as bringing his usual energy to the Panthers while high major G 2011 Deon Mitchell was his usual calm, cool and collected self in leading Pflugerville with 19. 2010 P Tyler Wood (UT-San Antonio) was M.I.A. for Madison as he was nursing a bone bruise. We wish him a speedy recovery.
San Antonio Reagan 58 San Antonio Clark 55
It was "deja vu all over again" as the Yankee's Yogi Berra used to say as Reagan won a nail biter over Clark. A tip at the buzzer gave Coach Jimmy Littleton's Rattlers the NEISD championship. Tournament MVP 2011 W 6'5" Max Yon, continued his fast pace with 18 to lead Reagan in the Thanksgiving Eve rematch. They also notched 16 from 2011 G Trey Demps. Clark is a good team and are well coached. However, they lack in heighth but 2010 G Jason Brickman (Long Island) provides great floor generalship to go with 11 points while undersized 2010 P 6'3 Ehland Emerlahu led all game scorers with 20 in the close loss.
Thanks to all our current and former D-1 Ambassadors players for the thoughtful texts to me on Thanksgving Day. I love ya'll! Coach Max