Even though it was delayed by just a few days, the 2021 UIL Boys Basketball playoffs have officially begun in Houston.
Saturday was a huge day across the city with multiple games being played at Houston ISD's Delmar Fieldhouse and Katy ISD's Merrell Center and multiple other locations.
VYPE was at both locations to take in some of the biggest games of the day.
We will continue to update this story throughout the day as scores, highlights and more comes in.
Jack Yates defeats Sealy 95-71
Jack Yates showed its force again as it not suprisingly opened the playoffs with a double-digit win and nearly hitting the 100-point mark. The Lions are one of the teams that reached the state tournament last year but due to COVID-19 never got a chance to finish the year. Yates moves on to play the winner of Hamshire-Fannett and Silsbee next week in the Area Round.
VYPE Postgame Interview: Greg Wise, Jack Yates
Memorial defeats Westbury 62-51
63-51 win vs Westbury (who knocked us out last year) to grab the first bi-district victory in 19 years!— MHSMustangHoops (@MHSMustangHoops) February 20, 2021
🏀@gelie_6 had a game high 31
🏀 Glenn Elie was 2nd scorer 10 pts
Really appreciate our friends and family showing up to support us. Now there’s more work to be done pic.twitter.com/lgFkmcxWSr
It was a big morning for the Memorial Mustangs who are into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Only the third time since 1990 are the Mustangs into the Area Round. Memorial moves on to take on the winner of FB Elkins and Mayde Creek.
Fort Bend Bush defeats Katy Taylor
FINAL SCORE @BHS_Broncos - 83@ths_hoops - 71@FBISDAthletics Bush moves on to Area round where they will face Heights or Cy-Fair | @Almightyz_24 had 21 @hoopinsider @FortBendISD pic.twitter.com/EELTx1vuGx— vypehouston (@vypehouston) February 20, 2021
Despite being the fourth-place team out of a very competitive district, Fort Bend Bush wasn't about to bow out of the playoffs early.
Coach Brandon Gay was proud of how his team responded time and time again in an eventual 12-point victory for his team on Saturday. Zion Bourgeois led the team with 21 points, 15 of those coming in the third quarter. Tyler Smith, a highly-touted 2023 prospect, poured in 19.
Katy Taylor was led by Jake Arnold's 22 points.
Fort Bend Bush has an immense amount of size, which will fair them well moving on in the playoffs. They will face either Heights or Cy-Fair next week in the Area Round.
VYPE Postgame: Fort Bend Bush HC Brandon Gay
VYPE Player of the Game: Tyler Smith, Fort Bend Bush
VYPE Player of the Game: Talked with 2023 prospect @tksmith1104 after the win. He had 19. Showed his ability to hit the 3 and play down low. | @FBISDAthletics @FortBendISD @BHS_Broncos @Almightyz_24 @hoopinsider pic.twitter.com/EcFcQm3sOh— vypehouston (@vypehouston) February 20, 2021
VYPE Player of the Game: Zion Bourgeois, FB Bush
VYPE Player of the Game: @BHS_Broncos junior Zion Bourgeois (@Almightyz_24) led the team with 21 and scored 15 in a crucial third quarter. #txhshoops @tksmith1104 @FBISDAthletics @FortBendISD @BHS_BroncoHoops @hoopinsider @KPRC2RandyMc @KPRC2Ari pic.twitter.com/xR1Uy8wJnR— vypehouston (@vypehouston) February 20, 2021
Cypress Woods defeats Klein Oak 69-43
Fort Bend Hightower defeats Waltrip 100-43
Another state finalist from 2020 has taken the next step back to the Alamodome. On Saturday morning, FB Hightower defeated Waltrip 100-43. The Hurricanes move on to face the winner of Crosby and Texas City. If it is Crosby, that will be a rematch of the Regional Quarterfinals from a year ago.
Ridge Point defeats Tompkins 71-58
VYPE Postgame: @RPHSbasketball coach Terreance Plowden talks with VYPE after the win over Tompkins. The Falcons beat the Panthers last year in this very round. @RPHS_Panthers @Coach_LaFavers @FBISDAthletics @FortBendISD @RP_PantherPride pic.twitter.com/1Znt9SjkTG— vypehouston (@vypehouston) February 21, 2021
VYPE Player of the Game: Kolby Granger - Ridge Point
VYPE Player of the Game: @RPHS_Panthers senior @GrangerKolby talks after the win. He had a big night scoring 23 for @RPHSbasketball | @RP_PantherPride @FBISDAthletics @hoopinsider pic.twitter.com/uajGpNJyoD— vypehouston (@vypehouston) February 21, 2021
Kingwood Park defeats Waller 51-39
The amazing season for Kingwood Park continues. After wrapping up the District 20-5A Championship, the Panthers notched their first playoff win since 2016 by beating Waller. Kingwood Park moves on to face the winner of McCallum vs Manor
FB Elkins moving On!
Stratford falls to Bellaire 53-46
Congrats to our young men and coaching staff of @stratford_hoops on a successful season & strong showing tonight vs Bellaire in their bi-district game @ Delmar! A great foundation laid and much to build on in the off-season! #SBISDProud pic.twitter.com/zdWRACJIzW— Spring Branch ISD Athletics (@sbisdathletics) February 21, 2021
Fort Bend Travis defeats Seven Lakes 76-46
Cy Park wins first-ever playoff game
Foster defeats Sharpstown 55-44
Falcon boys basketball advances to Round 2! pic.twitter.com/wVZn9zpBKG— LCISD ATHLETIC DEPT. (@lcisdathletics) February 20, 2021
Foster defeated Sharpstown on Saturday which moved them on to face Beaumont United in the next round. Foster was led on Saturday by Texas A&M football signee Reuben Fatheree II with 19 points.
Angleton defeats Madison 71-55
There are so many great athletes in Spring Branch ISD. VYPE highlights five athletes from Spring Branch ISD in this edition of SBISD Playmakers Powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
Vaniah Barrera, Spring Woods
While the track and field season was cut short, several area athletes put up some good times on the oval. One was Vaniah Barrera, who will take her talents to Southern Arkansas to continue her career. She runs the 800 and 1600-meters.
Ethan Taylor, Memorial
The Memorial basketball team made history this year winning a share of the District 17-6A title for the first time in decades. The leader of the bunch was Ethan Taylor, who earned District MVP honors. Taylor says goodbye to the Swearing Sailors on the way to Air Force.
Jasmine Green, Stratford
The Lady Spartans struggled on the court this season, but there is a ray of hope coming out of Spartan Land. Sophomore Jasmine Green earned first-team, all-district honors after averaging 10 points per game in 2020. What will she do for an encore the next two years?
Lesly Ochoa, Northbrook
The point guard is the quarterback on the basketball team. Northbrook was led by Lesly Ochoa this season as the senior went out with all-district honors. She had a knack for getting her team involved – a mark of a true leader.
John Troutman, Stratford
The Spartans fell just outside the postseason in District 17-6A, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. Stratford was led by John Troutman, who earned second-team, all-district honors. When the Spartans needed a bucket, it was Troutman to the rescue. He averaged 15 points per game.
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