Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) knows a little something about cutting down nets and winning championships. He's got one State Title with Flower Mound Marcus HS and another with Texas Assault when he helped capture the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. Add the McDonald's Texas Invitational to the ever growing list while you're at it.
FM Marcus swept the strong field, going a perfect 5-0. They disposed of Langham Creek, San Antonio Warren and in the Championship beat Desoto 55-42.
Overall the Austin/San Antonio teams did ok, with San Antonio Warren and San Antonio Clark both reaching the Gold Bracket.
Gold Bracket Play
San Antonio Warren 75 North Crowley 73
Flower Mound Marcus 74 San Antonio Warren 65
Fort Bend Bush 91 San Antonio Warren 73 2012 Taurean Waller-Prince had 32
2012 Taurean Waller-Prince battled Big Cameron Ridley and gave Bush 32 points in the loss. Warren is establishing itself as San Antonio's top team early in the season. They've got a nice threesome in Waller-Prince, 2012 G Jerell Ellis and 2013 PG Marcus Keane.
Fort Bend Bush 68 San Antonio Clark 56 2012 G Adam Perez led with 22 points
San Antonio Clark 54 Richardson Berkner 50 Big 4th Q win, led by 2012 Niko Maxwell-15
North Crowley 66 San Antonio Clark 49 Adam Perez led the way for Clark with 15
Perez is clearly the glue for San Antonio Clark, a guard oriented team that will be tough to beat. Clark's achilles will be their lack of height and ability to board, but they are a tough matchup on the guard front.
Silver Bracket Play
Converse Judson 44 San Antonio Madison 30 2014 F 6'5" Tanner Leissner led with 15
Alief Elsik 64 Converse Judson 52
Humble College Park 56 Converse Judson 49
2014 F 6'5" Tanner Leissner of Converse Judson is tough and effective as a sophomore. When Judson controls the pace they win. Nobody does it better at protecting a lead. Scoring will be an issue though.
Pearland Dawson 49 San Antonio Madison 48
Austin Westlake 62 San Antonio Madison 46 2013 W Vince DeBlasio had 17 in the win.
Spring Dekaney 56 Austin Westlake 49
Mansfield Summit 71 Austin Westlake 62 2012 R.J. Rowan had 25 in the loss
Westlake has some nice pieces. Any one of 5 guys can lead the team in scoring on any given night: R.J. Rowan, Will Morse, Chase Carlton, Drew Wikelius or Vince DeBlasio.
Humble Kingwood 43 San Antonio Taft 40
San Antonio Taft 53 LaMarque 36
Houston Bellaire 59 San Antonio Taft 49