Sunday, December 4, 2011

Texas Tournament Action December 1-3, 2011

San Antonio Warren Wins South San Tournament
It should be interesting if/when the Warren Warriors meet the Churchill Chargers.  These are clearly the two most talented groups in the Alamo City this year.  We'll see if they are the ebst teams as Alamo Heights and Converse Judson are also tough matchups.  Warren beat the San Antonio Stevens Falcons in the championship game as 2012 G Jordan Corona had 24 points.  Marcus Roper scored 25 for Stevens in the loss.

While going 5-0, Warren disposed of san Antonio Holy Cross 91-43, San Antonio Edison 62-52, New braunfels 86-72 and in the semi final beat San Antonio Christian 62-49.  The All Tournament team was made up of Seniors Uche Ofoegbu and Marcus Roper of Stevens, while Seniors Jordan Corona and Taurean Prince-Waller represented Warren.  The MVP was 2013 G Marcus Keene of Warren the only underclassman.  The athletic Keene gets in the lane when he wants and makes his team mates better.
2013 G Marcus Keene led Warren to the South San Title

Liberty Hill Wins Marble Falls Tournament
How many times do you hear me say that "Them 3A Country Boys From Liberty Hill" are a tough out.  They won the Marble Falls Tournament with a win over a talented 4A Waco University squad in the Championship with a 67-63 win.  They hitched their cart to Texas D1 Ambassadors 2013 G Shane Lacaille who had 29 points in the final.
2013 Shane Lacaille put Liberty Hill on his shoulders in the Championship.
A young Killeen team continues to grow and find it's identity.  There's no doubt that Texas D1 Ambassadors 2014 G 6'3" Brian Long has found his as he leads the team in scoring and averaged 20ppg in the tournament.
2014 G Brian Long of Killeen
The toughest interior play of the event game in and game out was provided by Texas D1 Ambassador and Kerrville Tivy 2013 P 6'6" Zach Overby ashe averaged 14 points and double digit rebounds and was named All Tournament.  Congrats Zach!

Round Rock McNeil Classic
No doubt that Round Rock Mcneil is always well coached and a threat to be in most every game they play but I was shocked by the result of the Championship game where they simply blew out a talented Austin Anderson squad 60-36 to win their own tournament.  McNeil is a different team with 2014 G Trey Dilworth in the lineup.  The talented soph had 16 points in the win and brings an athleticism and swagger to go along with the fundamentally sound Mavs.
Texas D1 Ambassadors and Round Rock McNeil 2014 G Trey Dilworth

Garland Metro PCS Invitational
Harker Heights went to the DFW Metroplex and put on an excellent show, beating powerhouse Garland Lakeview Centennial 51-47 in the semis before falling in the title game to Garland Naaman Forest, 51-38. Naaman Forest is a tough match up with 2012 P 6'10" Prince Ibeh (Texas) patrolling the paint.  2012 G Thomas Cherry had 14 in the cahmpionship game loss for the Knights.  Cherry and 2012  G C.J. Rodriguez were All Tournament.

San Antonio Churchill Cruises To Lonestar Invitational Win
The Lonestar Invitational used to be one of the State's atrongest tournaments in early December.  This year's field was so so.  Churchill ran their record to 11-1 as they dominated, winning back to back tournaments. (They won Georgetown's Jack Frost Invitational last week.) 

Along the way they danced past San Antonio Brackenridge 86-54, over San Antonio Clark 61-52, in the smei they beat San Antonio Johnson 72-53 and then put away Converse Wagner 75-67 to take the title.  Senior F Theron Bray had 20 for Wagner.  2013 G Taylor Sutlive led the way with 16, while 2012 Connor Lammert (Texas) added 13.

Dripping Springs Wins Rockdale Tournament
A surpsirisingly good start for Dripping Springs.  They are now 7-1, winning the Rockdale Tournament easily as they blew out Robinson for the 'Ship.  The seminfinal was a barnburner against always tough Brenham, with Drip winning 69-61.  Texas D1 Ambassadors, 2012 SG Collin Tubbs led the way with another 30 point game. Taw Mann added 23.  Along with Sam Kohler they were named to the All Tournament team.
2012 G Collin Tubbs of Dripping Springs is blooming late.  He can shoot it with the best of them

Riesel Tournament
Mumford beat Valley Mills 88-62 as Texas D1 Ambassador 2014 G Aubrie King had 34 points on 8-10 from behind the three point line. 2015 W 6'2" LaKendrick Hyson, an impressive freshman  nabbed Tourny MVP honors for Mumford.
2014 Aubrie King continues firsing from deep for Mumford

Bouncy 2015 W 6'2" LaKendrick Hyson snatched MVP Honors
San Marcos 80  Georgetown 69
Not a tournament game but one that features several of the area's top unsigned players.  2012 G Michael Hardge had 30 points in the loss for Georgetown while 2012 San Marcos W Allex Austin had 29 in the win and 2012 G Collin hart had 16.
2012 G Michael Hardge is putting up big numbers for Georgetown
Austin Westlake 58  Austin Lanier  43
Westlake cruised to the win despite a so so shooting night.  They were led by 2013 G Will Morse who had 13 and 2012 P Drew Wikelius with 15 .
Texas D1 Ambassadors and Austin Westlake 2013 G Will Morse shown at Five Star Camp (2012 Pflugerville G T.J. Williams is seen trailing the play in the background)
South Padre Island Invitational
A young Converse Judson squad had a good showing in South Padre.  They are getting senior leadership from G E.J. Hubbard and great contributions from 2014 P David Wacker and 2014 F Tanner Leissner. They lost the semi final to the eventual champion Houston Yates by 4, and then dropped the 3rd Place game to a tough Houston St. Thomas squad 66-54. 
2014 F Tanner Leissner is an up and comer for Judson

2012 G Christian Sanders (Stanford) was All Tournament for St. Thomas while back court mate 2012 Chase Brogna averaged 15 points for the event.