Harker Heights 63 Pflugerville Connally 38
Playing the early game at the Austin Convention Center prior to the Austin Toros contest, the Harker Heights Knights put on a show as they methodically put away Pflugerville Connally 63-38. Heights was led by 2011 G Daevon Brown with 13 points while 2011 sharpshooter Royse O'Neale scored 8 and added 7 boards and did a nice job of outletting and starting the break.
Had a chance to talk to Andy Abrams, Pops of University Texas star A.J. Abrams at halftime. He reports that A.J. is living the life in Greece, playing pro ball over seas. With a couple of games where he's dropped 3o points he's now second in the league in scoring behind Nick Calathes, ex of the Florida Gators.
Austin Westlake 71 Cedar Park Vista Ridge 44
Some folks thought that tonight's game at Vista Ridge might be a severe test for Austin Westlake as they try to confirm dominance of the Austin hoops scene. Vista Ridge had some early success of their own this season and from the opening tip the home crowd was in a frenzy hoping to provide a "6th man presence" to intimidate Westlake. That lasted all of 5:30 minutes of the first quarter.
Vista Ridge came out all amped up and jumped to a 13-2 lead. When one of the Vista Ridge guards hit a 3, he started thumping his chest as he went down the court. BAD MOVE! Westlake proceeded to go on a 38-7 run over the next 13 minutes and went to the locker with a 40-20 lead. I think it's fair to say that other than Pflugerville, the Austin area will be the recipient of some spankings by the Chaps for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season.
2010 PG Cody Doolin (San Francisco) went to work and dropped 22, while 2011 G Hagen Fell had 10 in the first half before injuring his ankle. The rest of the Westlake scoring was spread out and they cleared the bench. The scary part was that 2010 P 6'9" Gus Leeper (Arkansas-Little Rock) was not a factor as he was in foul trouble from the get go and they still dismantled Vista Ridge.
2011 W Joey Faglie was the best player on the floor with Vista Ridge as he scored on an assortment of shots from the mid range as well as around the goal. He finished with 15.