Texas Playoff Round Up Friday February 27th

2010 Jarrell Turner of Pflugerville hit the shot “Heard Round the Cen Tex/South Texas Area” last night. He calmly came around a screen and hit the three with no time left on the clock to propel Pflugerville to a 54-52 win over San Antonio Clark and on to a meeting with Converse Judson. Judson’s only loss this year came to Pflugerville.

Pflugerville 54 San Antonio Clark 52

Austin Lake Travis 77 Schertz Clemens 46
Killeen 68 Boerne Champion 66 OT
Austin LBJ 73 Kerrville Tivy 52

San Antonio Wagner 65 San Antonio Madison 64
San Antonio Stevens 71 San Antonio Reagan 68
San Antonio Southwest 86 Harlingen 52

2009 G Brandon Thompson took care of business last night to lead his San Antonio Stevens squad to a 71-68 win over San Antonio Reagan.

2011 G Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael’s poured in 27 in a last second loss in TAPPS 5ATAPPS 5A Boys

Austin St. Michael’s suffered a heart breaking loss to Addison Trinity Christian Academy 66-65. With a chance to ice the game leading 65-63, St. Michael’s missed two free throws allowing Addison to hit a buzzer beating 40 foot shot to earn a berth in the TAPPS 5A State Championship Game.
St. Michael’s was led by 2011 G 6’0″ Jake Kocher who scored 27, likely on a broken foot. He’s a player to watch as along with 2011 Deion Mitchell of Pflugerville are clearly the two most prominent scoring prospects in the austin area in the Class of 2011



Region 1

Mansfield Summit 63 Irving MacArthur 59

Duncanville 64 Arlington Bowie 56

Region 2

The Woodlands College Park 65 Garland Naaman Forest 55

Cypress Fairbanks 54 Dallas Skyline 51

Region 3

Bellaire 55 Fort Bend Hightower 37

Aldine Nimitz 76 Fort Bend Dulles 59

Region 4

San Antonio Jay 51 McAllen 27

Pflugerville 57 harlingen South 41


Region 1

Arlington Seguin 47 Canyon 35

Mansfield Timberview 53 Amarillo Palo Duro 41

Region 2

Waco Midway 78 Dallas Lincoln 44

Frisco 58 Waxahachie 47

Region 3

Del Valle 46 Houston Washington 37

Buda Hays 48 angleton 44

Region 4

Corpus Christi Ray 46 Marble Falls 45

Cibolo Steele 78 Gregory-Portland 37


San Antonio Antonian lost their State semifinal matchup to defending State Champion Dallas Bishop Lynch 66-43. Antonioan was led by Liz Boyd with 14 points.

Louisiana High School Boys Playoffs

2010 G 6’5″ Brian Williams of #2 Baton Rouge Glen Oaks brings his explosive game to the playoff opener v Tioga. Williams currently has offers in his pocket from Oklahoma State and LSU amongst others.

2011 P 6’7″ Tre Drye is likely the best sophomore in the State of Louisiana. He’ll be a big part of #2 Baton Rouge Glen Oaks as they attempt to get to the Cajun Dome for the Final 4.2010 G Ronald McGhee brings his sweet stroke to the table as he leads Baton Rouge Istrouma into the 4A playoffs v Lee. Hello to all our friends down on the Bayou. We just don’t cover Texas Basketball folks, we drop into Louisiana from time to time as well. Unlike Texas, the Louisiana model for the playoffs is a seeding system based on a formula that may be as confusing as the BCS. This process allows the top 32 teams to play in each classification.

In Texas, your playoff pairings are decided in advance based on your placement in District & Region. Something I do like about the Louisiana Model is that it does theoretically allow the best teams to meet in their Final 4. In Texas, there may be 2-3 teams from Houston or Dallas that have to beat it up on their way to Region with only one of them making it to the Drum for State.

So, along with the assistance of our Louisiana correspondent here are our picks for the playoffs.

5A Playoffs
1. Huntington v 32 West Jefferson….Huntington
16 St. Amant v 17 West Hammond…St. Amant
9 Jesuit v 24 Mandeville…Jesuit
8 South LaFource v 25 John Ehret…South LaFource

5 Westgate v 28 Lafayette…Westgate
12 Hanville v 21 Airline…Hanville
13 East Ascension v 20 Brother Martin…East Ascension
4 St. Thomas More v 29 Covington…Thomas More

3 West Monroe v 30 Woodlawn…West Monroe
14 Carencro v 19 Dutchtown…Dutchtown
11 Sulphur v 22 Ruston…Sulphur
6. St. Augustine v 27 Central…St. Augustine

7 Terrebone v 26 v Natchitoches…Terrebone
10 Catholic v 23 Scotlandville…Catholic
15 Thibodeaux v 18 East St. John…St. John
2 Ouchita v 31 Slidell…Ouchita

4A Playoff Pairings

1 Peabody v 32 Shaw…Peabody
16 Franklin Parrish v 17 East Jefferson…Jefferson
9 Salmen v St. Martinville..Salmen
8 Abbeville v 25 Northwood…Abbeville

5 OP Walker v 28 St. Michael…Walker
12 Istrouma v 21 Lee…Istrouma
13 Edna Carr v 20 Carroll…Edna Carr
4 Alexandria v 29 Franklinton…Alexandria

3 Northside v 30 Beau Chene…Northside
14 Minden v 19 Opelousas…Opelousas
11 LaGrange v 22 Mckinley…LaGrange
6 Bossier v 27 Leesville…Bossier

7 DeRidder v 26 Zachary…DeRidder
10 Grant v 23 Teurlings…Grant
15 McDonogh v 18 Ellender…McDonogh
2 Glen Oaks v 31 Tioga…Glen Oaks

Converse Judson 57 Austin Westlake 54

Westlake’s 2010 duo of PG Cody Doolin had their high school season cut short by Judson last night despite great performances by both.2009 duo Ned Cox & Alex Lewis just would not quit and willed their Judson team to victory.

Big Chris Wacker dropped 16, including 6-7 from the free throw line for the Rockets.

Texas Basketball Inc. will be at New Braunfels Canyon HS tonight for the 2nd Round UIL 5A Boys matchup between Austin Westlake and Converse Judson. The game will be streamed LIVE & FREE at http://www.texasbasketballinc.com/ Click on the “MAX AUDIO” tab and enjoy!


Austin Westlake looked extremely crisp in thumping a very solid San Antonio Lee team in the 1st Round. 2010 PG Cody Doolin led the way with 30 points and 2010 W 6’6″ Conner Kemper added 20 and did yeoman work on the boards.

Converse Judson has lost only once all year to Pflugeville. Unlike Lee they’ll have plenty of height and depth to toss at the Chaps. They’ll be led by 2009 G Ned Cox an 2009 Chris Wacker who has signed with St. Edward’s.

This one should be a dandy. Westlake will come with full court pressure against a team that is highly structured offensively, well coached and not easily rattled. Role players may well be the difference. Wildcard: Westlake Freshman 2012 6’6″ Drew Wikelius. Can the frosh grow up in a hurry and compete against Judson’s Big front line? Prediction: Westlake by one….at the buzzer.


This was an extremely well played high school basketball game. You can hear it in it’s entirety at http://www.texasbasketballinc.com/ as it’s archived on the “MAX AUDIO” portion of our site. My special guest at half time was Texas State head Coach Doug Davalos.

Westlake was behind 2-0 before the whistle blew as theyreceived a tech for dunking in the warm ups. After Westlake made it 3-2, Judson never trailed. Their lead flucuated from 4-8 points for most of the game until Westlake went on a 4th quarter run to tie the score at 45-45. It was then that Senior Alex Lewis took over scoring 2 big reverse layup baskets in traffic and then hitting several free throws down the stretch to keep the Chaps from closing in.

Westlake was led by 2010 W Conner Kemper with 18 points & 6 rebounds and 2010 PG Cody Doolin with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. 2009 Cliff Houston finished his high school career with 13 points including three triples that keyed the Westlake 4th quarter run.

The Judson Rockets pushed their record to 35-1. 2009 PG Demarcus Richardson dropped 7 dimes, 2009 Alex Lewis had 9 pts including 7 down the stretch, & St. Mary’s signee Chris Wacker added 16 to keep his high school career alive. The heart and soul of Judson on this night though was 2009 G Ned Cox.

Along with Leander’s Joel Smith, and Stevens Brandon Thompson, Cox is one of the best unsigned seniors in the area. Not sure of his academic situation but D-1’s and Jukes need to definitely have a look. He can catch and shoot with the best of them, with a smooth stroke. Cox finished with 16, including 4 three pointers. he suffered a scary injury with about 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and was assisted to the locker room. As Westlake was making it’s run, the crowd let out a roar as he returned to the bench with about 5 minutes to play. Even though you could see a limp and he was not that effective, I believe his toughness translated over to his team mates as he willed them to victory. We pray that he’s healthy to play again next Wednesday.

Texas UIL 5A Boys- Super 64 (2nd Round)

Let’s see if I can improve on my 78% correct picks in Round 1, in the 5A Boys Division.

Region 1

El Paso El Dorado v Arlington Bowie….Bowie
Arlington Martin v El Paso Hanks…Martin
Hurst LD Bell v Plano West…West
Duncanville v TBD….Duncanville

Midland v North Crowley
Mansfield Summit v El Paso Montwood…Montwood
Coppell v Cedar Hill…Cedar Hill
Irving v Lewisville Flower Mound…Irving

Region 2

Garland Lakeview Centennial v Bryan….Bryan
Mesquite v Garland Naaman Forest….Naaman Forest
Klein Forest v Leander….Leander
Langham Creek v Klein Collins….Collins

Garland v Desoto….Desoto
Mesquite Horn v Richardson Lake Highlands…Horn
Spring Westfield v Cy Woods…Cy Woods
Round Rock McNeil v Tomball….McNeil

Region 3

Alief Taylor v Austin Eisenhower…Eisenhower
Houston Madison v Houston Strake Jesuit….Jesuit
Galena Park North Shore v Fort Bend Elkins…Elkins
Fort Bend Bush v LaPorte….Bush

Alief Elsik v Humble Kingwood…Kingwood
Houston Chavez v Katy Seven Lakes…Chavez
Deer Park v Fort Bend Hightower
Fort Bend Travis v Port Arthur Memorial….Travis

Region 4

San Antonio Reagan v San Antonio Stevens….Stevens
San Antonio Madison v San Antonio Wagner…Wagner
Laredo United v Weslaco….United
Harlingen South v McAllen….McAllen

Austin Westlake v Converse Judson….Westlake
San Antonio Clark v Pflugerville…Pflugerville
Laredo Alexander v Edinburg…Edinburg
Harlingen v San Antonio Southwest….Southwest

Texas UIL Boys 4A Super 64 (2nd Round)

Here we go again stepping into the deep water to pick the 32 games being played over the next 2 days in 4A Boys playoff action.

Region 1

Andress v Wolfforth Frenship…..Frenship
Canyon Randall v El Paso Austin….Randall
Wichita Falls v Legacy….Legacy
Mansfield Timberview v Azle…Azle

El Paso Burges v Amarillo Palo Duro…Palo Duro
Abilene Cooper v El Paso Chapin…Chapin
The Colony v Fort Worth Dunbar….Dunbar
Everman v Denton Ryan….Everman

Region 2

McKinney v Dallas Lincoln…McKinney
Dallas Kimball v Denison….Denison
Longview v Waco Midway…Longview
Waco University v Whitehouse..Whitehouse

Dallas Highland Park v Dallas Carter…Carter
Dallas Woodrow WIlson v Sherman
Jacksonville v Lancaster…Lancaster
Cleburne v Pine Tree…Pine Tree

Region 3

Manor v Ozen….Ozen
Houston North Forest v Huntsville…North Forest
Houston Washington v LaMarque…LaMarque
Angleton v Houston Jones….Angleton

Brenham v Crosby…Crosby
Livingston v Del Valle….Livingston
Houston Wheatley v Lamar Consolidated…Wheatley
Texas City v Houston Yates…Yates

Region 4

Austin Reagan v San Antonio Alamo Heights….Reagan
Kerrville Tivy v Austin LBJ…Tivy
Floresville v Roma…Roma
Corpus Christi Flower Bluff v San Antonio McCollum…McCollum

Killeen v Boerne Champion…Champion
Schertz Clemens v Austin Lake Travis…Lake Travis
Medina Valley v Corpus Christi Calallen…Medina Valley
Mercedes v Port Lavaca…Port Lavaca

Texas UIL Girls 4A & 5A Sweet Sixteen

In 4A they are down to 16 teams vying for the State Championship. 7 of those teams are from Central/South Texas

Region 1

Canyon v Arlington Seguin
Amarillo Palo Duro v Mansfield Timberview

Region 2

Dallas Lincoln v Waco Midway
Frisco v Waxahachie

Region 3

Del Valle v Houston Washington
Buda Hays v Angleton

Region 4

Marble Falls v Corpus Christi Ray
Cibolo Steele v Gregory Portland
In 5A they are also down to their Sweet Sixteen. 4 of those teams are from Central/South Texas.

Region 1

Mansfield Summit v Irving MacArthur
Arlington Bowie v Duncanville

Region 2

Garland Naaman Forest v Woodlands College Park
Dallas Skyline v Cypress Fairbanks

Region 3

Bellaire v Fort Bend Hightower
Aldine Nimitz v Fort Bend Dulles

Region 4

San Antonio Jay v McAllen
Pflugerville v Harlingen South

Coach Max’s Prognostication Report Card

After stepping out on a limb, and forecasting ALL 128 1st Round Games in the Boys UIL 4A-5A playoff bracket there were mixed results.

In 4A I picked 75% of the winners correctly. 48 of 64.

Biggest upset losses of the opening round were suffered by the following District Champions.

2-4A El Paso Ysleta
10-4A Carrolton Newman Smith
28-4A San Antonio Brackenridge
30-4A Corpus Christi Miller

In 5A I picked 78% correctly 50 of 64.

2-5A Midland Lee
5-5A Keller Fossil Ridge
14-5A The Woodlands College Park
20-5A Houston Bellaire
24-5A Galveston Ball

CONCLUSION: It appears I have a little more insight than a trained chimpanzee, but how much we’re not sure…lol Stay tuned as I pick the 2nd Round Games.

Texas Basketball Inc Web Stream’s Doubleheader

To listen to the archived (or live) broadcasts) go to www.texasbasketballinc.com and click on the “MAX AUDIO” icon.

2009 PG Jonathan Garza will lead Pflugerville2010 G Chris Gramling will need a huge game if San Antonio MacArthur hopes to upset heavily favored Pflugerville.2010 Paul Garnica leads San Antonio Lee into the playoffs v Austin Westlake. 2010 PG Cody Doolin leads Austin Westlake

Texas Basketball Inc. will be at Hay Lehman HS tonight for the 1st Round Playoff Doubleheader where we’ll audio stream the games over the web. 6PM Pflugerville v San Antonio MacArthur

MacArthur has lived all year by the stall game, to the point where it seems they’d rather pass up a layup to maintain possession and mik the clock. If ever there was a poster child for the shot clock in the high school game in the State of Texas, this is it. For MacArthur to win, the game would have to stay in the low 30’s. Pflugerville will simply not let that happen. 2010 PG Chris Gramling will have his hands full with the Panthers pressure and only a superlative effort on his part along with a career performance from unsigned senior post Stephen Miller will keep the score respectable let alone notch the upset.

Pflugerville has a deep squad and it’s got 4 D-1 talents on the roster. They’ll be led by a pair of Lamar signees; PG Jonathan Garza & 6’8″ Osas Ebomwonyi. Ebomwonyi, who suffered a broken leg prior to the season is back at full strength and is the most intimidating shot blocker this side of Kileen High’s 6’9″ Cory Jefferson. 2010 W 6’5″ Demetrious “Cleveland” Smith gives the Panthers additional inside/outside help while Super Soph Deion Mitchell is as smooth a 2011 G as there is in the Cen Tex. He can get to the rack or burn you deep.
GAME Pflugerville 66 San Antonio MacArthur 43
Pflugerville controlled this game from the beginning. It was never totally one sided but it never got close either. The intense pressure on the ball by the Pflugerville guards was the difference as MacArthur suffered double digit turnovers. PG Jonathan Garza showed great leadership by distributing the ball at the right times, leading his team in scoring with 18 points and his energetic on the ball defense. For MacArthur, Stephen Miller finished his high school career with 11 and a hard fought effort.

8PM Austin Westlake v San Antonio Lee

Hard to top last night’s OT thriller where San Antonio Madison edged Austin Akins 55-54 but this matchup just might do it. Neither team gears itself defensively to stopping any one player so this could be a track meet. What makes this one so intriguing is that it has a lot of personal drama within the team game. Both teams PG’s lead their cities in scoring. Austin Westlake’s Cody Doolin (19.6PPG) will take on San Antonio Lee’s Paul Garnica who leads the entire Cen Tex/San Antonio area in scoring (26.2 PPG). Adding to the storyline is that these two 2010 players are pals and summer team mates in the backcourt with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors.

Doolin already has one D-1 offer under his belt as a soph this past summer from the University of San Francisco. Garnica is now drawing interest from the likes of Baylor. This could be a doozy. Doolin’s high game this year was 43, while Garnica’s was 53. Both HATE to lose.

Each team has a very good second option as well. Lee brings 2010 6’2″ G Ryan Pierce at you. He was also top 10 in San Antonio in PPG with a nice shot and explosive moves to the rack. Westlake counters with 2010 6’6″ Conner Kemper who can shoot it lights out from the perimeter as well as help on the boards. This one is tough to call. I’m personally vested in the game and hate that one team has to lose. I’ll give the slightest of edges to Westlake because of their height advantage. However, when the game’s on the line expect Garnica & Doolin to be taking the shots and anything could happen.
GAME Austin Westlake 86 San Antonio Lee 63
This one was never competitive as Cody Doolin scored 12 points in the first 3 minutes, staking Westlake to a 15-5 lead. Garnica was limited in his opportunities with his 4 first half points coming from the free throw line. (He finished with 12 for the game). 2010 G Ryan Pierce showed great athleticism as he led Lee with 23 points.
The story of the game though was too much Doolin & 2010 W Conner Kemper. Kemper usually causes most of his damage from the perimeter but he scored 20 last night, mostly from under the goal. He battled hard on the boards all night and was the recipient of some great looks from Doolin. 2010 PG Doolin scored 30, had 10 assists & 9 rebounds just missing his double double. I was also impressed as the freshman 6’6″ Drew Wikelius gave the Chaps quality minutes and looks to have a great high school & potential college career ahead of him.

The Playoffs Are Underway!

San Antonio Stevens 82 San Antonio east Central 65
San Antonio Wagner 68 San Antonio O’Connor 46
San Antonio Clark 84 San Antonio Highlands 57

Houston Wheatley 72 Houston Sharpstown 66
Houston Yates 105 Houston Furr 35

Coppin State signee Jonathan Landry (pictured below) took a nasty fall with 2 seconds left in regulation. He was on the floor for several minutes before being helped off. He shook it off though and was back on the floor for the key OT session and helped will his Mavs to victory
San Antonio Madison 55 Austin Akins 54 OT

Texas Basketball Inc. was at the scorer’s table for this one, and it was a dandy! There was not one second of zone defense played in this one. It was both teams in each other’s grill tonight mano es mano. The game was extremely tight until midway through the 3rd quarter when Akins bolted to a 39-28 lead and quite honestly looked like they were on the verge of solidly thumping Madison. Akins appeared to be the better conditioned team, but never underestimate the heart of a champion. The Mavs clawed back with a 9-1 run to end the 3rd. The 4th quarter started with the score Akins 40-37.

2010 W 6’7″ Stephen Baird led the Mavs with 13. Cameron Catlett added 12 including 2 big steals during the 3rd quarter run. He must have been inspired by his mom and pops who competed in the halftime free throw/dance contest. It capped a great week for the Catlett Family as according to the San Antonio Express news he received his first D-1 offer from Colorado State. Congratulations!

2009 Brandon Wooley had 15 for Akins, as did 2011 Yolonzo Moore. The Eagles 5 guard lineup gave them an edge in quickness. Coach david Peavey had a great game plan, isolating his big guards up top against Madison’s post players Baird Landry. The flip side to this is that Madison did control the boards down the stretch and got several key second chance buckets.

Coppin State signee Jonathan Landry had 10 points for the Mavs including 2 key free throw in OT. Free throw shooting did decide it as Stephen Baird’s two from the charity stripe were the winning margin.

Austin Reagan 64 Pflugerville Hendrickson 63

Wow! Right out of the gate, the 5A playoffs had a Cen Tex surprise. First of all, props to Austin Reagan. Not too many people gave them a chance against Pflugerville Hendrickson including myself. Well, Coach Davis got himself a huge win and the Raiders prevailed behind a pair of 20 point efforts from Cornelius Commack and 2011 Jaquarius Daniels.

Boys UIL 5A Playoffs-1st Round Games

Once again, Texas Basketball Inc. is putting themselves on the line and calling all 64 1st Round 5A playoff games. Nobody else in the State does it!


El Paso Eldorado v Lubbock Coronado…Coronado
Burleson v Arlington Bowie…Bowie
North Richland Hills v Arlington Martin…Martin
El Paso Hanks v Midland Lee…Lee

Hurst Bell v Lewisville Hebron…Hebron
Irving MacArthur v Plano West ..Plano West
Duncanville v Plano…Duncanville
Grapevine v Lewisville Marcus … Marcus

El Paso Americas v Midland…Midland
Fort Worth North Crowley v Mansfield…North Crowley
Fort Worth Paschal v Mansfield Summit…Summit
El Paso Montwood v. Lubbock …Montwood

Keller Central v Coppell…Central
Cedar Hill v Plano East…Cedar Hill
Irving v Dallas Jesuit…Irving
Keller Fossil Ridge v Lewisville Flower Mound…Fossil Ridge


Carrolton Creekview v Garland Centennial…Centennial
Tyler John Tyler v Bryan…Bryan By 14
Mesquite v Harker Heights…Mesquite By 6
Richardson Berkner v Garland Naaman Forest….Naaman Forest

Klein Forest v Conroe Oak Ridge…Klein Forest
Cypress Falls v Leander…Leander By 3
Langham Creek v Round Rock..Langham Creek By 12
Klein Collins v The Woodlands College Park…College Park by 8

Dallas Skyline v Garland…Skyline
Desoto v Killeen Shoemaker…Desoto
Mesquite Horn v Killeen Ellison…Ellison by 4
Richardson Lake Highlands v North Garland…Lake Highlands

Spring Westfield v The Woodlands…The Woodlands
Cypress Woods v Georgetown…Cypress Woods by 20+
Cypress Springs v Round Rock McNeil…Cypress Springs
Tomball v Lufkin…Tomball


Katy Cinco Ranch v Alief Taylor…Alief Taylor
Aldine Eisenhower v Houston Bellaire…Bellaire
Humble Atascocita v Houston Madison…Madison
Katy v Houston Strake Jesuit…Jesuit

Galena Park North Shore v Pearland…Pearland
Fort Bend Elkins v Galveston Ball…Ball
Fort Bend Bush v Friendswood Clear Brook…Bush
Channelview v LaPorte…LaPorte

Katy Mayde Creek v Alief Elsik…Elsik
Humble Kingwood v Sam Houston…Kingwood
Humble v. Houston Chavez…Humble
Katy Seven Lakes v Houston Stratford…Seven Lakes

Beaumont West Brook v Deer Park…Deer Park
Fort Bend Hightower v Houston Clear Lake…Hightower
Fort Bend Travis v League City Clear Springs…Travis
Port Arthur Memorial v Pasadena Dobie…Memorial


Austin Bowie v San Antonio Reagan…Reagan By 2
San Antonio East Central v San Antonio Stevens…Stevens by 10
San Antonio Wagner v San Antonio O’Connor…Wagner By 12
Austin Akins v San Antonio Madison…Madison By 8

Laredo United v Mission Sharyland..United by 15
PSJA North v Weslaco…Weslaco
Harlingen South v Brownsville Pace…South
Laredo Martin v McAllen…McAllen By 16

Austin Westlake v San Antonio Lee…Westlake by 4
Converse Judson v San Antonio Warren…Judson by 8
San Antonio Highlands v San Antonio Clark..Clark by 10
Pflugerville v San Antonio MacArthur…Pflugerville by 15

Laredo Alexander v McAllen Rowe…Rowe
Edinburg v Los Fresnos…Edinburg
Harlingen v Brownsville Hanna…Harlingen
San Antonio Southwest v McAllen Memorial…Southwest