By Ray Meach
Strength of schedule matters!
With all sorts of early shake ups in the basketball world, the Atascocita Eagles find their way back on top. The Eagles are 15-2 on the season only falling to Westfield in the first game of the season and to a well seasoned San Antonia Wagner.
Early surprises in the season are Ridge Point, Travis, and Manvel, with all three racking up some early pre-district wins.
Yates saw a few hardships while waiting on transfer clearings. Morton Ranch's Cryer and Lampkin both caught the injury bug as did Dickinson's Deuce Guidry and Marcus Williams. All is fair in the game of basketball so other guys have to step up!
Houston Public School Basketball Rankings
2. Shadow Creek
4. Summer Creek
5. Morton Ranch
9. North Shore
11. Ridge Point
15. Sam Houston
17. Cy Creek
20. The Woodlands
Houston Private School Basketball Rankings
1. Concordia Lutheran
2. The Woodlands Christian
3. The Village School
4. Houston Christian
6. Legacy Sports & Science
7. Westbury Christian
8. St Pius
9. St Johns
10. Fort Bend Christian
The Holiday hoop tournament slate is in full swing.
Several big-named teams participated in local events as they prepare for the district season.
Here's what happened…
Katy ISD Classic
The event wrapped up with a rematch from last year's event – last year's state finalist Klein Forest against Katy ISD Classic defending champs Morton Ranch.
The Eagles jumped out to an early first quarter lead, but the Morton Ranch Mavs rallied back behind a 20-point third quarter from Baylor-signee LJ Cryer. In the end, the Mavs were able to defend their title with a 75-65 victory. Cryer finished with 43 points and Eddie Lampkin added 11 points in the win.
Tournament MVP: LJ Cryer – Morton Ranch
Gold Bracket 3rd Place: Eisenhower
Morton Ranch wins Katy ISD TournamentRay Meach
The Lamar Consolidated Tournament
The tournament was jam-packed with talent in each pool featuring the likes of Episcopal, Travis, North Shore, Fulshear and George Ranch just to name a few. In the end, the Travis Tigers handed North Shore their first loss of the season to secure the trophy with a score of 49-46. The Tigers faces Royal and Foster in pool play and defeated George Ranch in bracket play, before facing North Shore in the championship.
Gold Bracket Runner Up: North Shore
Gold Bracket Consolation: George Ranch
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The Houston Christian Mustang Classic
The Mustang slate of games was as entertaining as ever. The championship game pitted Houston vs Dallas, featuring the two-time defending state champs Houston Christian against John Paul II. The John Paul Cardinals came out victorious behind sound play from Tournament MVP Jaylon Tyson.
Tournament MVP: Jaylon Tyson – John Paul II
Runner up: Houston Christian
Third Place: The Village School
The Pearland Classic went to the host school Pearland, who is having a tremendous pre-district run. Over Thanksgiving, the Shadow Creek Sharks beat The Woodlands at the Highlander Holiday Event.