Austin Lake Travis 71 Killeen 58

2009 WG 6’5″ Jordan Jahr poured in 30 points and 14 boards last night, while his team mate PG 2010 6’1″ David Eads controlled the pace of the game, dropping 8 dimes en route to a 71-58 win over Killeen, validating their #1 State Ranking in 4A. 2009 Baylor signee Cory Jefferson, a Nike All American and veteran of Amare Soudamire’s Big Man Camp did major damage last night with 25 points, 11 board and an astounding 11 blocks. Jefferson reminds me of Bill Russell in that he’s old school. He blocks shots and grabs the rebound, starting the fast break rather than swatting at balls and knocking them out of bounds.

Good morning from Lafayette, LA. I caut the reddest of red eyes last night after the game, driving 450 miles & arriving at my hotel in Lafayette, LA at 4AM. I caught a cat nap at a truckstop along the way. at the risk of getting my throat cut..lol.

The much hyped meeting tonight between Texas #1 in 4A Austin Lake Travis and #6 Killeen did not disappoint. An overflow crowd of perhaps 1400 were packed in the gym. The fire marshall must have been a basketball fan because the cheerleaders were getting elbowed out on the end line by the mass of spectators.

http://www.texasbasketballinc.com/ was in the house not only blogging the game but it was also our inaugural live audio streaming of a high school game. It can be accessed for archived listening at http://www.nhsbn.com/ . When you get there, look up the game by the team names. We are tentatively being housed there until our own network is developed. (should be ready in a few days). I want to thank my broadcast partner Big Lance Carter, the former Mercer University player and coach at Colby & Fort Scott JuCo’s in Kansas who also coaches with us in the Texas D-1 Ambassadors organization.

This is our first attempt at raising the bar in audio web casts , shortly to be followed by VIDEO webcasts. This will be a first on a regular basis in the State of Texas! So, please be patient with our technical difficulties as we fine tune our efforts.

THE GAME

The gym was electric, and the spotlight was on the two Texas D-1 Ambassadors summer team mates, & McDonald’s All American nominess in Big Cory Jefferson, the 6’9″ Baylor signee and Jordan Jahr, the 6’5″ WG who has the pure stroke and the ability to mix it up inside as well.

Killeen came out like a house afire and at one point held a 10 point lead on the home squad. Killeen guards Titus Barnes & Ja’Corie Baker kept feeding the post and Jefferson had two thunderous dunks and was perfect in his free throw attempts. Needless to say, a Big who can hit his FT attempts is a valuable commodity.

The 2nd quarter saw Lake Travis gather themselves and start chipping away at the lead by a combination of Jahr’s shooting and guys hitting their free throws. It was 34-31 at the half.

The 3rd quarter was a series of runs where Lake Travis did a much better job of having Jefferson catch the ball a step or two further out on the blocks. I think the Killeen giards could have shown a little more patience but they temporarily forgot what made them successful early in the game and started hoisting shots . During this stretch Jefferson got few touches. Meanwhile, Jahr kept plugging away. He did a tremendous job finishing with a game leading 30 points and 14 rebounds. Jefferson who is clearly one of the top shotblockers in the country had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. He altered at least 10 more, but to no avail as the 4th quarter belonged to the Cavs.
Despite the two marquue guys monster numbers, and the solid play of Lake Travis PG David Eads, we were unanimous that the player of the game was Lake Travis’ 2010 F Zach Karczewski. He finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The 4th guarter belonged to him as he kept working on the offensive boards as the Killeen players were running out of physical & emotional gas. Despite having his blocked 5 times by Jefferson early in the game he kept fighting, was not intimidated and ultimately was in our opinion, the difference. He was the X factor.

Props also go to 2010 PG David Eads who always seems in control and makes extremely solid decisions. I love his ability to penetrate but to always be looking for the open man. He had 8 assists, none of them flashy but everyone of them fundamentally sound. He’s a good one.
Lake Travis won their 2nd consecutive State 4A football championship this year & along the way deep in the playoffs they pounded Killeen 71-9 behind the leadership of QB Garrett Gilbert who has committed to the Texas Longhorns. Before the game I saw Garrett’s Pops, old friend of mine Gale Gilbert who QB’ed Cal and then the Buffalo Bills back in the day. Tonight’s game was no pounding, but it did leave a few bruises.

So, these two District rivals played a great HS game tonight, and the home team held serve. In a couple of weeks they head to Killeen and don’t think for one minute that half of Fort Hood won’t be there rocking the Runnin’ Roos house. I fully expect Killeen to take care of business at that time, likely setting up a rubber match on their way to the Region 4 Final with a trip to State on the line when they meet for the 3rd time.

I want to thank Coach Jernberg who was all smiles after the game for being such a gracious host, and to Killeen Head Man Coach Fossett who was kind to us as well. In fact, Coach Fossett was anxious to get his wife the link prior to the game so she could hear her hubby’s troops compete on the web cast.

Happy Basketball
Coach Max
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Austin St. Michael’s 70 Austin St. Andrew’s 46

2011 G Jake Kocher continues to lead Austin St. Michael’sI thought I had a pic of 2009 David Rodriguez in my archives, but do not. The Senior G was telling me after the game that he has nominations to both West Point & the Air Force Academy, awaiting his appointments to both. Congratulations to David & his family.

Tonight I was in Austin watching a private school matchup between Austin St. Michael’s and Austin St. Andrew’s. Based on the success that St. Michael’s had in their non district schedule where they played a lot of the public school 4a & 5A programs very tough I did not expect this to be a very tough game for them. However, any time you play a rival, you have to be careful.

Long story short, it was a one sided game. But to both team’s credit they scrapped and battled to the very end. St. Michael’s guard play was clearly superior but I really liked St. Andrew’s big men. Hank Brigham is a hard working high school post who plugged away and led his team with 15 points mostly on weakside offensive putbacks. His other front court mate, Jake Boxberger also chipped in with a double double with 10 points. He had a hard time finishing but showed real nice, nimble feet and an assortment of post moves, up and under etc.

For St. Michael’s Senior G David Rodriguez had 18 points, most of them coming by pushing the ball full speed in transition while the defenders were lagging or unable to keep up with his pace. Sophomore Jake Kocher, who leads his team in scoring was right about his average on the year with 17 points. His shot wasn’t particularly on tonight but he finds different ways to score and gets the job done, including getting to the free throw line.
In the post game I had a chance to visit with Senior Chase Kocher. He’s a very solid point guard, battling through an injury plagued senior campaign. I asked him how he enjoyed playing with his brother. His eyes lit up and said, “It’s so cool, not only because he’s my brother but he’s my best friend too.” I’ve noticed the several times I’ve watched St. Michael’s play that QB Chase will often pass up shots for his team mates but especially his brother because he has so much confidence in him. I thought that was a nice story within the game itself.
I want to thank my partner at www.texasrecruit.com T.J. Garza for sitting courtside with me tonight as we did our first trial run and broadcast the game. It was not “live” so the public won’t hear it. We were trying to get some kinks out before our first official streaming tomorrow between Austin Lake Travis & Killeen .

San Antonio Doubleheader

Playing tonight with an iced down deep shoulder bruise and unable to practice all week with an impacted tooth infection, 2010 Paul Garnica continued his torrid scoring pace as he gave 39 to the Reagan Rattlers on 15-26 shooting from the field and 5-8 from the charity stripe before fouling out with 1:32 to play. The 3 year starter is really emerging as a special player folks. He had 4 triples tonight, two of them from another zip code and got to the rim at will.
San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters who knows a little bit about point guards from his days at Kansas has started recruiting Garnica along with Pacific of the Big West Conference. There’ll be plenty more as Garnica will blow up on the circuit this coming year with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors.2010 WG 6’2″ Ryan Pierce is really emerging as a great 2nd scoring option for Coach Tommy Hines’ Lee Volunteers. He had 23 tonight v San Antonio ReaganSan Antonio Lee 75 San Antonio Reagan 74

Could anything top the slugfest these two teams engaged in a couple of weeks back when 2010 Paul Garnica dropped 53 points on Reagan in a thrilling 90-89 victory? It started out looking like Reagan was having none of that this time around. After Garnica came down and bombed a couple of pull up deep threes and another short jumper early, Lee proceeded to go dry and Reagan ended the 1st with a 19-11 lead.

2010 P 6’6″ Ray Chase did consistent damage all night long as he posted a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The half ended with Reagan on top 32-28. Garnica was up to his old tricks as he had 19 at the break for Lee.

The 3rd quarter was all Reagan as they threatened to run away with the game, leading 54-42. 2011 W Max Yon was flying around the gym tallying 11 points and 8 rebounds. I love the way he follows his shot to the rim. Most kids just stand and watch, but not Yon.

Lee came out in a 3/4 court trap early in the 4th quarter and Reagan couldn’t figure it out for 5 possessions in a row. In a heartbeat the lead was down to 4 points and the battle was on. Chase did more than his share to keep Reagan in the nip and tuck battle but when Hargrove & Martinez fouled out it looked like all was lost. However, with 1:32 left Garnica (who finished with 39) picked up his 5th foul and it gave Reagan some brief daylight. Senior Adam Murro did what seniors should do as he hit 3-4 big free throws to ice the win for the Vols. 2010 Ryan Pierce an athletic WG was a great complement to Garnica’s perimeter game as he slashed his way to the bucket for 23 points, with 21 of them coming in the 2nd half.

San Antonio Madison 35 San Antonio McArthur 34

This one was a snorefest. Mac was without leading scorer Chris Gramling who is out with a minor ankle injury & Madison went deep into their bench with most everyone seeing solid minutes including big freshman Christopher Campbell. It appeared Coach Valenzuela was using this one as a tune up and to give his bench guys some experience heading down the stretch. There was never a flow to the game.
Coach Murphy of Mac knew to have a chance he’d have to slow it down and they did. They passed up shot after shot, to keep chewing up clock. Madison is showing chinks in their armor as they are erratic from the free throw line as well as beyond the arc. 2010 F 6’7″ Steven Baird hit a couple of clutch three pointers to clinch the victory for the Mavs. All in all an unimpressive performance for a team with such marquee wins this year and with lofty playoff expectations.

Texas Basketball Inc. Will Be Streaming Games

2009 6’9″ Killeen HS shotblocker Cory Jefferson brings his game to Austin Lake Travis this Friday to take on the #1 ranked team in Texas 4A 2009 WG 6’5″ Jordan Jahr will attempt to keep his Air Cav bunch at the top of the Texas 4A heap.

Coaches, Parents & Players.

It gives me great pleasure (along with a case of nerves) to announce the creation of the long anticipated Texas Basketball Inc. Network. We will be audio streaming our inaugural game this coming Friday, January 30th. We’ll be at Austin Lake Travis where the host Cavaliers currently ranked #1 in Texas 4A v. the Killeen Runnin’ Roos. Lake Travis is 23-1and is led by 6’5″ WG Jordan Jahr who has inked with Air Force, while Killeen High is ranked #8 and boasts big time Baylor signee 6’9″ P Cory Jefferson. Both are Texas McDonald’s All American nominees.

Myself and former Mercer University player Lance Carter will be handling the play by play and color commentary. It should be a great game between two teams that are deep and who have two marquee names in the lineup. The contrast between the two summer team mates with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors will be interesting as Jefferson, the big time shot blocker who will dunk on you down low has increased his range and will also hoist up a three given the opportunity. Jahr on the other hand can make a living outside but is not afraid to get in there and get his share of boards as well.
Texas Basketball Inc. will be audio streaming games during the course of the year and in short order will add video streaming as well. We’ll continue on to add video streaming to our upcoming All American Prodigy Camp on March 14-15th in Austin and then in some championship games of our tournaments which will start up in earnest in the month of February.
Online registration is available for all events. They will fill up! The Prodigy Camp is limited to 20 players per Class Year. All info is at www.texasbasketballinc.com
Making basketball better one day at a time.
Coach Max

Brandon Thompson Recruiting Update

2009 G 6’2″ Brandon Thompson, one of the top unsigned seniors in the State of Texas.San Antonio Stevens stud combo guard 2009 6’2″ Brandon Thompson continues to attract college coaches like flies to his practices and games as the high school season is into the stretch run. I missed Stevens game tonight, but they thumped first year school SA Brandeis 88-48 and Thompson led the way with 19 points.

I did catch up with Steven’s Head Honcho, John Hirst after the game though and got an update on Brandon’s recruiting. They’re inquiring from all over the country. USC from the PAC-10, Baylor & Texas Tech from the Big XII as well as mid majors like TCU, SMU & Wichita State.

I had the pleasure of coaching Brandon this past summer with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors top team. Despite having team mates like Garland Judkins (Arizona freshman), Baylor signee Cory Jefferson, UTSA signee Kendric Robinson & future D-1 guards 2010 Cody Doolin (Austin Westlake), Paul Garnica (San Antonio Lee) and Jacob Horton (Houston Clear Lake) it was clear that when the game was on the line it was Thompson we wanted taking the last shot. He didn’t disappoint winning two big games with buzzer beaters at the Denton Shootout. Going head to head against Memphis signee Nolan Dennis of the Dallas Mustangs & Penn State signee Tim Frazier of Houston Elite, Thompson more than held his own and led us to clutch victories.

What I love about Brandon (and I suspect Coach Hirst does too) is that he is unselfish, always defends hard, looks to get his team mates involved BUT when the chips are down make no mistake about it…. He is the man. He’s the best San Antonio has to offer in the Class of 2009. Let’s see where all this shakes out in the next couple of months as we look toward the April signing period.

San Antonio O’Connor 46 San Antonio Clark 44

Left to right: San Antonio O’Connor’s 2010 G 6’3″ Kurt Russell & 2009 P 6’5″ Travis Gipson led their squad to an upset win over District rival San Antonio Clark.

I caught a great high school game tonight in a key 28-5A battle between SA Clark 23-4 (9-1 in district) & SA O’Connor 16-7 (5-4). Clark comes into the game ranked #4 in the San Antonio Metro area by The Express News.

I’ve seen Clark several times this season & they’re as talented a starting 5 as most teams in the area with the exception of SA Madison. 2009 PG Jordan Brickman is a D-1 signee with the Naval Academy, and 2009 F Chris Blake is as talented a frontline prospect as the City of San Antonio has in the Class of 2009. I have not seen O’Connor play yet, so Coach mike Houlihan’s crew are a mystery to me although I’ve heard they’re blue collar & well coached.

GAME TIME

The first quarter was a story of the respective Bigs, Blake & O’Connor’s 2009 6’5′ Travis Gipson. Blake had a layup, a 10 foot face up jumper and then stepped out to the arc and dropped a triple in one productive stretch. He’s a long, athletic kid who can play on down the road. Not sure of his grades or recruiting situation but he can certainly help a JuCo, and then with maturity who knows. Gipson gives up about 2 inches in the post but I love the way he’s battling. O’Connor is using a series of back and cross screens to get the ball in the low block and Gipson has 8 1st quarter points as O’Connor has a 14-11 lead.

Blake had his 2nd triple of the half, and got nice support from his mates, especially 2010 WF 6’3″ Elhad Emerllahu who had 7 points for Clark. O’Connor has lost a little of their focus and turnovers and less careful shot selection have now allowed Clark to lead at the half 30-25.

Sometimes kids (and coaches) can make the game more difficult than it really is, but not O’Connor on this night. In the 2nd half O’Connor rededicated itself to it’s patient offense and in a case of deja vu ten times over they were led by the decision making of 2010 G 6’4′ Kurt Russell as he fed Gipson repeatedly with perfect timing off of screens and the occasional pick and roll. Russell had 6 points & 9 assists by my count and every one of them was to Gipson who flat out wore out the Clark posts in the low block, turning repeatedly to his right for the bank shot and drawing a couple of “and 1’s” to boot on his way to a game high 23 points and 7 rebounds.

Emerllahu led Clark with 15 points while future Midshipman Jordan Brickman had an off night shooting the ball. He finished with 6 points. Sometimes Clark lives by the three and tonight they died by it. A combination of very good defense by O’Connor coupled by mediocre shot selection and a lack of offensive patience by Clark allowed O’Connor to notch the upset in a 46-44 squeaker.

I loved Travis Gipson’s toughness down low. He caught several elbows during the course of the game and midway through the 4th quarter took a shot to the groin that caused him to grimace. It was during this stretch that he fought through the adversity and made a crucial bucket to put O’Connor in front. After the game I caught up with him and he informed me that he’s not being recruited. I would encourage D-2 and D-3 schools to have a look at him. He’s undersized in the post, but he’s a hardnosed fundamental competitor.

Pflugerville 77 Austin Westlake 69

2009 P 6’8″ Lamar signee Osas Ebomwonyi beat up 5 Westlake shots, including two key late gamers to lead the Panthers over the Chaps.

2010 F Cleveand Smith had 22 for the Panthers. 2011 G Deion Mitchell had 19 for the Panthers

2009 Cliff Houston had 19 for Westlake

I’m here at Westlake to see the big District matchup with the Pflugerville Panthers. We’ll see if Westlake can recover from the spanking that they got on the road from Austin Bowie on Tuesday.

Bulletin: Former Austin Westlake and University of Texas forward Brad Buckman has just left Cyprus and signed with a team in Greece.
Back to the game, it all hinges on Westlake’s role players stepping up and hitting some shots . It’s not likely that Panthers Coach Mike Murphy will zone the Chaps as Bowie did but he will likely bring the heat with multiple D-1 guards including Lamar signee Jonathan Garza and Super Soph 2011 G Deion Mitchell who will be highly recruited when it’s all said and done. Big Gus Leeper is out with the flu, so we’ll see if Westlake can keep the other Lamar signee, 2009 7’8″ Osas Ebomwonyi off the boards. The other variable that could be a factor is if Westlake’s full court pressure can rattle the Panthers.

1st Pflugerville 19 Westlake 18

The 1st period has answered a few questions. Yes, the other Westlake players are stepping up, yes their press although not rattling P’ville is certainly making them work, and no they are not keeping “The Sauce” off the boards or from blocking shots, as he beat up 3 Westlake shots. Carl Meyertons is playing hard and has blocked 2 shots for Westlake . Jarrell Turner has come into the game, another of those Panther speed merchants and he quickly heated up and dropped 2 quick triples. It was an entertaining 1st quarter track meet.

2nd Pflugerville 37 Westlake 29

At halftime my thoughts are that Westlake as a 400 meter runner may be in a full speed race with an 800 meter team. Pflugerville is deep, and will keep throwing quality guys at you. The Chaps bench is much shorter. Da Ville is now denying the ball to Doolin, really making him work and then doubling him.
Leading Scorers at the Half

Westlake Cody Doolin 11 points 4-5FG
Carl Meyertons 4pts 5 rebounds
Cleveland Smith 12 pts
Deion Mitchell 11 points 5 rebounds 3 steals
Jarrell Turner 9pts 3-4 from beyond the arc
3rd Pflugerville 55 Westlake 44

A 12-2 run by Da Ville to end the quarter has caused the Chaps to be in a tough position at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Cliff Houston’s two triples had cut it to a one point game before the Chaps closed the quarter with several turnovers & the Panthers capitalized with points.

Final Pflugerville Westlake

With 4 minutes left, Cleveland Smith stole the ball at midcourt for the Panthers and went in for the uncontested dunk. That puts Pflugerville up by 15. Game over for all intents and purposes. Pflugerville 61-46. This quarter has belonged to the long armed forward Demetrious “Cleveland” Smith who has now poured in 19. With 1:38 left Westlake has pulled within 7, 69-62. It’s a free throw shooting contest now. Ebomwonyi has just made a huge block, his 4th of the game. Garza who has had a quietly efficeient game for P’Ville hit 1-2 from the line and now has 5 points but has done a good job protecting the ball. Another great block by Ebomwonyi. He has really asserted himself down the stretch. Lamar is getting a steal in this kid.
Leading Scorers

Pflugerville Cleveland Smith 22 Deion Mitchell 19
Westlake Cliff Houston 19 Cody Doolin 18 Conner Kemper 1

Red Stick Report (Baton Rouge, LA)

2011 P 6’6″ Tre Drye of Baton Rouge Glen Oaks continues to be a high level performer on the State’s #1 ranked 4A team. He dropped 17 points & 10 boards on district foe Zachary. In his second year as a varsity starter, the talented Super Soph routinely posts double doubles. He does not turn 16 until August of 2009. Already, his footwork and ability to post up are advanced for most high school players, regardless of age/class year. Mark it down here that Drye will be a star in the ACC, SEC or the like. He carries a 4.2 GPA too!2010 WG 6’5″ Brian Williams of Baton Rouge Glen Oaks who, along with 2010 big timer Lankston Galloway is the cream of a super talented crop in the Class of 2010 in Baton Rouge. Williams willed his team to a big win over Zachary last night with 20 points and 11 rebounds. In terms of his potential, this kid is the truth. Went off for 23 points against Texas #1, 5A Houston Strake Jesuit. Super explosive athlete who has already been offered by hometown LSU and Big XII Oklahoma State. Look soon for the Memphis Tigers to be pursuing him. He recently received an invitation to their Elite Camp in June of 2009. Williams carries a 3.5 GPA.

I first reported on 2010 G 6’4″ Ronald McGhee a few weeks ago just prior to the New Year. I met his dad at that time & he informed me his boy was getting recruited by Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette etc. I politely gave him my two cent’s worth that his son would end up being recruited at a much higher level. The lanky 2 guard had one of the sweetest strokes I’d seen. Well, according to several reliable sources the Dukies were in town a couple of days ago to watch Ronald practice and seem poised to make him an offer once he takes the ACT/SAT. Now that’s big time! As most anyone knows Coach K and the Blue Devils don’t just chase anybody.

From this point forward, all info out of Louisiana will be titled our “Red Stick Report” as we attempt to establish our identity there. On info received from the locals, I’ve been told that’s what Baton Rouge means in French. Like the Austin/Cen Tex/San Antonio area this is a vastly under recruited part of the country. My observations there are that the talent level is outstanding and that these kids deserve extra publicity.

Austin Bowie 57 Austin Westlake 41

2010 SG 6’5″ Tre Lindsey who led Austin Bowie with 15 points in a big win v. district foe Austin Westlake. 2012 PG 5’11” Paul Baxter of Austin Bowie 2009 W Isiah Collier of Austin Bowie11 AM Tuesday
Crucial District matchup tonight. Westlake goes on the road to play in Bowie’s “cozy” gym. Texas Basketball Inc. will be in the Bulldog’s rockin’ house for what should be an interesting matchup. Bowie will be sure to attempt to slow down the leading scorer in the Austin Metro, Westlake’s 2010 PG Cody Doolin, (19.6 ppg) who dropped 43 points on Akins last week. It’s doubtful that the winning team will score 43 tonight with Bowie trying to dictate tempo. Should be an interesting contrast between a team who likes to run and press fullcourt (Westlake) with one that wants to zone you defensively and who will also work through their offense methodically through countless screens until they get the shot they want (Bowie). See you at the game! Bowie needs a big game on the boards from 2010 P, tough guy Deandre Perry. Should be a battle.

Tuesday 8PM
Should be a battle huh? So much for predictions. The most excitement of the night was in the JV game where both schools put some talented underclassmen on display, showing that the cupboard will not be bare anytime soon for either of them. The home team led for most of the game until Westlake hit a three pointer to go up by one with 5 seconds left. Bowie Freshman Paul Baxter then went coast to coast and hit a runner at the buzzer for the Bowie win 57-56. Look for Baxter, and fellow 2012 frosh P 6’6″ Drew Wikelius of Westlake to be added to our Texas/Louisiana Player Database tomorrow as both have a chance to be outstanding prospects. Wikelius is so talented that he could be the best post man to play at Westlake when all is said and done. He’s projected to be around the 7 foot mark. Who else has been a prominent Chaps “big” in the past? Try 7 footer Chris Mihm who is making a pretty penny these days in the NBA.
Speaking of The Baxter’s; you had 2012 Paul starring for the freshman squad,
2009 Ryan a big contributor in the varsity game and then Poppa Bear Ron Baxter handling admissions at the door. The 6’4″ Patriarch hooped for the Longhorns back in the day. He came here from Cali, and never left. It was a great night for both of his boys. Ron was a banger back in the day and backed down from nobody in the paint.
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In the varsity encounter Westlake came out gunning and jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. After that, it was Bowie’s game. Several things contributed to the convincing Bowie win. First, and most importantly Bowie’s success over the years has come from their commitment to defense. Expect nothing less from Coach Celester Collier’s crew. Morphing between a 2-3 zone & a matchup zone it was clear from the onset that the strategy was to make PG Cody Doolin work for everything he got and to limit his penetration.

Credit Senior G Aaron Urbanus with taking on much of that responsibility along with great help defense from his team mates. Not easily rattled as the defense collapsed on him, Doolin consistently got the ball to open team mates in the corners. I did not keep a specific count of team three pointers attempted, but other than Doolin I believe the rest of the team was about 3-18 from beyond the arc. When a team zones you, and you can’t throw it in the ocean, you’re going to lose more times than not.
Bowie had a great overall team effort. Their help defense as noted was excellent and they barely broke a sweat in breaking Westlake’s full court zone press. The Bulldogs were simply too disciplined a team and kept their spacing and composure when confronted with pressure in the backcourt. On the offensive end, Bowie used great ball rotation to get the looks they wanted and they were on fire from beyond the arc.
2010 G 6’5″ Trey Lindsey led the way for Bowie with 5 triples. Lindsey had a frustrating sophomore campaign where he faced assorted injuries at the high school as well as during most of the club season as well. A good portion of that can be attributed to the 5 quick inches of growth that he had. Tonight I loved the high release point and rotation he showed on his shot, but what surprised me was the ability he showed to turn the corner using several power dribbles and to pull up for the midrange opportunity. As he continues to gain strength and grow into his body he’ll be a tough matchup at the off guard spot.
Scoring by quarters. Westlake 12 6 13 10 Total 41 Bowie 19 16 8 14 Total 57
Leading scorers for Westlake were Doolin with 21, and Conner Kemper with 11. Carl Meyertons had 7 rebounds.
Bowie had much better balance with Lindsey leading the way with 15 points, Isiah Collier with 12, 2009 W Ryan Baxter with 10, and 2009 PG Aaron Urbanus dropping 9. The Bulldogs also did a great job of rebounding by committee.
Some final thoughts:
1. 6’9″ Gus Leeper could have used some additional touches. He did have 3 blocks defensively, but only attempted 2 shots on the offensive end.
2. Bowie served notice that 25-5A is not a foregone conclusion. Westlake must take care of Pflugerville this Friday night, or they’re going to face a much tougher playoff road.
3. I expected P Deandre Perry to be a problem for Westlake on the boards, but he did not see near the amount of court time I was anticipating. This also bodes well for Bowie as they attempt to season some of their bench players for the stretch run.

UT-San Antonio Basketball

From Left to Right: UTSA super soph Devin Gibson of Houston, TX & 6’9″ Junior Richie Frohlich who is from Germany.

I barely had time to catch a shave and a shower after the Madison-Reagan game Saturday afternoon before I headed back across town to UTSA’s campus to watch the game between the home town Roadrunners and the visiting UT-Arlington Mavericks.

The Mavs, behind 1st year Coach Scott Cross were the upstart winners of the Southland Conference Tournament last season. Cross is one of the nicest young coaches in the game today. He’s recruited several kids out of our Texas D-1 Ambassadors program and everyone of them were impressed with him as a person. I’d recommend him in a heartbeat as a person to trust your son with. Cross’ reward for their success in his inaugural campaign, a 1st Round date with the Memphis Tigers in last spring’s NCAA Tournament…Ouch

Fast forward to Saturday night, and the UTSA Roadrunners are the ones cruising along having won 7 straight ball games. Not only that, but for the 1st time in 20 YEARS the Roadrunners had won back to back road games. (They’re now on a 3 game road win streak). This was as exciting a ball game as you’d want to see. The final, after double overtime was UT-Arlington 100 UT-San Antonio 97. The outcome puts both squads at 2-1 in Southland Conference play.
After many lead changes, the Roadrunners trailed late in regulation when G Devin Gibson who had 21 points almost singlehandedly saved UTSA in regulation as he stripped a Mav player at halfcourt and went in for the layup when it looked like UTA had the game in the bag. Senior Wing Travis Gabbidon also had a big night for UTSA as he slashed his way to 23 points. Sadly, it was missed free throws that ended up being their undoing down the stretch though as they had several chances at the charity stripe to salt this one away. The final outcome was not as important as what I see former Oklahoma State, Orlando Magic & New York Knick, Coach Brooks Thompson building here. He’s passionate about what he wants to accomplish and the kind of kids he wants to do it with.
Look for the Roadrunners to have continued success as Coach Thompson has different players step up each game. In successive games he’s had Demarco Stepter, Josh Bonney & Saturday night Richie Frohlich give him double digit point/rebound games. This depth could really come into play come conference tourny time. Seven players have had double digit scoring games including Gibson, Frohlich, Gabbidon, Stepter, Bonney as well as G Joey Shank and speedy PG Omar Johnson.
6’9″ Junior Richie Frohlich in his 1st season here at UTSA had 14 points and 10 boards in his first contest where he played meaningful minutes. He arrived here from Citrus (CA) Junior College and apparently a glitch in his transcript with the NCAA Clearinghouse kept him from getting into action in the Fall semester. Like most European “bigs” he is skilled and can face the basket. He’s physically very strong. Before it’s all said and done once he gets a little bit more confidence he could play a large role in how far the Roadrunners go.

The San Antonio Spurs are not the only ones in town playing exciting, high quality basketball. For the price of a movie ticket and popcorn you can take your wife and kids to see basketball played by some outstanding players. They don’t charge for parking and you can sit a few rows from the action. There are no traffic tie ups after the game. For a school who just voted in Division One football, we’re not acting very big time by having sparse crowds at these games.

UTSA Coach Brooks Thompson is not only rebuilding this program, he’s doing it the right way with kids who have high character. Let’s get behind them and build the attendance at the games. I know personally, that he is recruiting Texas hard and will have local scoring sensation Kendric Robinson of San Antonio Southwest HS in the fold next season. They have also offered combo guard Brandon Thompson of San Antonio Stevens HS. These kids and this program deserves the community’s support!