Cy-Fair, George Ranch win 2019 VYPE-Aldine ISD Holiday Hoops Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps
HOUSTON - By the end of the two-day inaugural VYPE-Aldine ISD Holiday Hoops Classic only two teams finished the weekend with a perfect record - Cy-Fair and George Ranch.
The George Ranch girls rattled off wins against La Marque (69-28), Eisenhower (75-31), Lutheran High North (56-40) and Houston Heights (67-58) to claim the Girls Championship. George Ranch was led by title game MVP Gabrielle Owens, while teammates Savannah Velazquez and Jaedyn Dunn were named to the All-Tournament team.
Clear Springs' Kylie Minter, Heights' Gracelynn Alvarez and Lutheran High's Geonna Waddell were also named to the VYPE All-Tournament Team.
On the boys' side, it was Cy-Fair's day.
Cy-Fair racked up wins against The Village School (48-46), St. John's (54-42), Langham Creek (46-30) and The Woodlands Christian Academy (71-46) to capture the Boys Championship. The Bobcats were led by title game MVP Evan Butts, while teammate Malik Nash was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Woodlands Christian Academy's Bakari LaStrap, Tompkins' BB Knight, Langham Creek's RJ Crawford and The Village School's Jordan Henderson were also named to the VYPE All-Tournament Team.
The inaugural VYPE-Aldine ISD Holiday Hoops Classic featured a field of 16 boys teams and 12 girls teams, public and private.
"VYPE is proud to partner with Aldine ISD and help bring back this incredible event to the. Houston community," VYPE VP of Sales and Events Derek Dusek said. "We appreciate the fan support and it was great to see the athletes play at a high level.
"On behalf of AISD and VYPE, I want to thank the United States Marine Corps for being the presenting sponsor for the Holiday Hoops Classic. The Marines' first-class professionalism is unmatched and provided a great example to the high school teams that were involved. We look forward to working with them again next year"
Beware of the Warriors.
With all the teams on the north side of Houston -- from The Woodlands, Concordia Lutheran, College Park, Conroe and Magnolia -- The Woodlands Christian Academy could be the best.
The Woodlands Christian Academy hoop team is state-ranked No. 1 in Class 4A TAPPS.
Coming off a win over Concordia Lutheran (ranked No. 5 in Class 6A TAPPS) over the weekend, the Warriors and coach Tanner Field are on a hot streak.
But that's no big surprise as TWCA has five TAPPS state titles since 2008.
Coach Tanner Field is also doing it without his top player -- senior Bakari LaStrap, who has been injured. He should be back by the end of the week.
Picking up the slack has been point guard Austin Benigni, Luke Mansfield, Tucker Nooe (The Woodlands transfer) and Chanse Perkins.
The Warriors are avenging an overtime TAPPS finals loss from a year ago and they seem to be right on track to challenge again.
THE GALLERY by Bradley Collier