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HOUSTON - The final day of the 2021 VYPE Holiday Invitational presented by Whataburger did not disappoint.
With divisional championship games and an eventual grand championship game brought showdowns between national recruits and perennial playoff powers.
Browse through some of the best photos of the day by Olivia Raymond.
HOUSTON - There was no lack of excitement in the opening day of the 2021 VYPE Holiday Invitational presented by Whataburger.
At two locations - Aldine Davis HS and the M.O. Campbell Center in Aldine ISD - a total of 14 games were played with four teams posting perfect records to advance to their respective division championship games.
In the Campbell Division, Westfield had an opening round bye with Pearland Dawson dropping from the tournament due to COVID and then defeated Fort Bend Elkins 53-52 to advance to the title game. On the bottom portion of the bracket, The Woodlands Christian Academy, which played for a tournament title in the 2019 version of this same tournament, beat Klein Forest 70-53 and then Crosby 49-46 to move on to play Westfield on Wednesday morning at 9 am.
The winner of the Westfield-TWCA game will move on to play in the Grand Championship game at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Thorne Division Championship.
FULL CAMPBELL DIVISION BRACKET RESULTS
Elkins 72, Foster 47TWCA 70, Klein Forest 53Crosby 62, Cy Park 56Cy Park 62, Klein Forest 55Westfield 53, Elkins 52TWCA 49, Crosby 46
VYPE Holiday Invitational powered by @WhataburgerWhat a game!! @WestfieldHoops with a big-time 53-52 victory to advance to the Campbell Division Championship Game tomorrow morning! #vypeinvitational #txhshoops @hoopinsider @GoffneyBill @WHSMustangHoops @SpringISD @bigsloan32 pic.twitter.com/GaVRlCI5Z0— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) December 28, 2021
In the Thorne Division, it was Atascocita - a 2021 UIL Class 6A State Semi-Finalist - winning both of their games beating Heights 66-39 and then Stratford 52-42 to advance to the title game. On the bottom part of the bracket, it was Tompkins beating Cy-Fair 69-63 and then Nimitz 61-47 to move on.
Atascocita will play Tompkins at 10:30 am on Wednesday in the Thorne Division Championship. The winner will move on to play the winner of the Campbell Division Championship at 3 p.m.
FULL THORNE DIVISION BRACKET RESULTS
Nimitz 58, Houston Christian 53Tompkins 69, Cy-Fair 63Stratford 73, FB Austin 60Atascocita 66, Heights 39Heights 50, FB Austin 48Houston Christian 74, Cy-Fair 60Atascocita 52, Stratford 42Tompkins 61, Nimitz 47
VYPE Holiday Invitational powered by @WhataburgerThe 🎥Highlight: @NimitzHS_AISD with a nice tournament-opening win over Houston Christian. #txhshoops #vypeinvitational @AldineISD @Mcgrover7 @JavariusThomps1@hoopinsider @RcsSports @HCStangsMBB @6Montanaw @brodyrobinson_ pic.twitter.com/HcmjNMmXnl— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) December 28, 2021
Here is the full schedule for Wednesday.
9 a.m. Heights vs Houston Christian - Aldine Davis HS Court 1FB Austin vs Cy-Fair - Aldine Davis HS Court 2Westfield vs TWCA - Campbell Center (LIVE BROADCAST)
10:30 amAtascocita vs Tompkins - Campbell Center (LIVE BROADCAST)Foster vs Cy Park - Aldine Davis HS Court 1
NoonStratford vs Nimitz - Campbell Center
1:30 p.m. Elkins vs Crosby - Campbell Center
3 p.m. Grand Championship Game - Campbell Center(LIVE BROADCAST)