I know this is a basketball site, but I would be remiss at this time if I did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Saviour. In the 24 years since I’ve accepted him into my life he’s given me plenty to handle but never TOO MUCH. I’ve been blessed with wonderful children, success and thankfully, renewed good health. I am not the greatest witness as I’ve got more than my share of flaws but He called me to this basketball ministry and I’ve embraced it with a passion for 11 years. I hope I can continue to make a difference in the lives of young people for a long time to come. Happy New Year-Coach Max Ivany
After spending several days hunkered down in Austin at the Westlake Holiday Classic, I returned to the Alamo City where most of the city’s talent resides in the Northside & Northeast Districts. (Antonian & Central Catholic also have a say in things too 🙂
San Antonio Stevens 60 San Antonio Holmes 56
2012 WG 6’5″ Uche Ofoegbu (left) had 23 points in the victory over Holmes.
San Antonio Taft 93 San Antonio Jay 49
Dylan Elias( Northern Colorado) (right) led a talented San Antonio Taft crew to their lopsided win.
San Antonio Warren 73 San Antonio O’Connor 60
2012 G Jerel Ellis led the Warriors with 27, while talented team mate Taurean Prince-Waller (left) added 18 & had double digit boards.
San Antonio Central Catholic 101 San Antonio Highlands 71
Central Catholic hung a “hunny” on Highlands as Senior guards Cole Martinez & Tommy Berry (right) gave Highlands the business from the outside.
San Antonio MacArthur 59 San Antonio Johnson 39
2012 G Matt Gramling led the way with 14 points.
5th Place Austin Westlake 45 El Paso Montwood 41 (OT)
After a lackluster game against Coppell on Tuesday evening a different Westlake team came to play today. Maybe they’re not quite ready for prime time but to play a quality team like Montwood to OT and grab the W is a sign of growth for Coach Tre Ellis’ young charges. R.J. Rowan cemented his all tournament status with a 15 point, 7 rebound performance. Not too bad for a 5’9″ guard to give glass work like that.
Montwood was led by their All Tournament selection Gabriel Licon with 17 points and Robert Lopez who chipped in with 16 of his own.
3rd Place Duncanville 48 A&M Consolidated 41
This was a very good game. Lots of intensity, and the chance to see two superior players in A&M Consolidated’s 2012 PG 6’5″ Alex Caruso and Duncanville’s 2011 P 6’7″ Luke Mergerson. The game was back and forth down to the wire. Behind by one, A&M Consolidated was forced to foul and Duncanville converted their free throw attempts to win by 7.
A little too much Luke Mergerson down low (16 points & 8 rebounds) was the difference in the victory. 2011 Devane’ Carter & 2011 Cedric Carter were great complimentary players all tournament long for the Panthers. For Consolidated Alex Caruso was The Truth as he filled up the stat sheet. He had 17 points, 6 rebounds & 5 steals.
Championship: Pflugerville 84 Coppell 79 (OT)
Both squads came out of the gate firing it up. Deep 3’s by Pflugerville’s Mitchell & Coppell’s Austin Mankin had each team shooting about 70% for the quarter. Coppell leads after one, 21-18. The 2nd quarter saw a combination of more intense D as well as “so so” shot selection by both teams. Pflugerville got their advantage at the free throw line. At the half, Pflugerville is up 39-30 as Darrian Dempsey hit an NBA triple at the half.
Aided by an 11-2 run to start the 3rd, Coppell kept battling and has cut the lead to six, P’ville up 51-45. 2012 F Jett Raines has really asserted himself for the Cowboys. He’s scoring and boarding HARD. With the score 60-58 P’ville has gone into an uncharacteristic stall and the clock is ticking down to 2:45….P’ville goes, and Mitchell swishes a three from deep! But everytime P’ville strikes a body blow, someone answers back for Coppell.. 66-64 with 1:04 left. With 16 seconds left, Raines hits an And 1 to tie it and we go to OT 71-71!
After P’ville jumped out 77-71, Coppell has scratched back to 77-76 with 1:27 left in OT. The last minute was Deon Mitchell’s as he showed why he’s arguably Texas’ top guard in 2011. The Northern Iowa signee split three men in full court pressure three different times like a hot knife through butter and then finished by dishing to Shabazz for a dunk. Final score Pflugerville 84 Coppell 79.
Deon Mitchell was the unanimous MVP selection from us voters as he had 24 points. Jamal Shabazz had 13 points & 6 rebounds. Coppell goes deep into their bench so it’s not easy for anyone to put up huge numbers but I became a big Jett Raines fan as the 2012 W had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Rexroat added 15 for the Cowboys.
2011 G Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa) was the MVP. He collects his hardware from former Texas Longhorn Drew Gressett who was a tournament sponsor through his Hat Creek Burger Company
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
El Paso Socorro 2011 G Enrique Jimenez
Houston Westbury 2013 G Donivan Jones
Austin Westlake 2012 G R.J. Rowan
El Paso Montwood 2011 G Gabriel Licon
Consolidated 2012 G Alex Caruso
Duncanville 2011 P Luke Mergerson
Duncanville 2011 G Cedric Carter
Coppell 2011 G D.J. Feitl
Coppell 2011 F Andrew Rexroat
Pflugerville 2011 F Jamal Shabazz
Pflugerville 2011 G Deon Mitchell (MVP)
Central went on a 20-0 run after falling behind early & once again Martinez rang up big points in the win (25).
CCHS 62 Seguin 59
Martinez scored 18 in the win and Seguin’s 2011 P Brig Gehrlich, the coach’s son led all scorers with 20.
Coppell 54 A&M Consolidated 39
Coppell goes 12 men deep and they all know their roles. Scoring was balanced with nobody in double figures. 2012 G Alex Caruso had 14 in the loss.
Duncanville 53 El Paso Montwood 46
This is a great matchup between a larger, more athletic team in Duncanville and a fundamentally sound Montwood team whose sum is greater than the individual parts. To this point in the tournament Duncanville’s three point shooting has been limited to Jeremy Atkins. On the other side of the fence, not only does Montwood constantly cut and run their offense with precision but it’s their readiness to RECEIVE the ball when making those cuts that makes them dangerous.
A 4 point half time lead for D’ville has evaporated as Luke Mergerson picked up a tech late in the 3rd. With him out of the game Montwood upped their lead to 7 points. This one was nip and tuck down the stretch as the lead changed hands several times, the last when Senior guard Jeremy Atkins hit his most important three pointer of the game. He finished with 14 points. Big Man, Luke Mergerson had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Nobody could hold him.
Seniors Robert Lopez and Gabriel licon had 12 each for the Montwood Rams. Missed free throws down the stretch killed them and allowed Duncanville to get out and run to end the game.
A&M Consolidated 49 El Paso Socorro 32
After a lackluster effort earlier this morning against a good quality Coppell team, A&M cam out stronger in the afternoon tilt (albeit vs a weak Socorro squad) Not too many times you see a donut in a quarter of a high school game but after one, it’s Consolidated up 12-0. A&M subbed regularly, going deep into their bench as the coasted to the W. 2012 G Alex Caruso continues to impress as he dropped 22 points, 5 rebounds & 5 steals.
Coppell 77 Austin Westlake 38
This is my second time watching Coppell and other than looking at the roster names/numbers the kids are interchangeable. Nobody puts up big stats but at the end of the day there’s been a butt whuppin’..and Coppell’s the one giving it. After 1 quarter, Coppell leads 13-4.
Coppell wins this one going away as the Cowboys brought their six shooters & Westlake was firing blanks in a terrible shooting game. Coppell is dangerous. They can make shots, they fly around the ball, they rebound well & because they have no real “go to guy” they will be tough to scheme against in district and playoff contests.
Senior Tom Fisher worked hard for the Chaps as he had 9 points, & 2012 G R.J. Rowan had 13 .
Pflugerville 72 Duncanville 50
Both are Panthers, “The Battle of The Villes”..and to top it off a couple of key P’ville guys were late for the bus (Mitchell & Dempsey) so they won’t start today’s game. With youngster 2013 T.J. Williams distributing the ball for the first 6 minutes, P’ville jumped to a 16-7 lead, upping it to 20-11 after one. The half time score is Pflugerville 36 Duncanville 24. Senior Jordan Major had his best half of the year as he deflected, stole, rebounded and scored the ball for P’ville.
For the most part, both teams exchanged buckets in the quarter and P’ville leads after 3, 55-41. D’ville has no answer for the superior quickness and multiple perimeter shooting threat the P’ville guards and wings pose. Deon Mitchell has really asserted himself after sitting the 1st quarter. Who’d a thunk it, that the State’s #10 ranked team in 5A would take a solid trouncing from #12 ranked Pflugerville to the point where P’ville was emptying their bech with 3 minutes to play. Impressive wins P’ville has notched include quality wins over “tempo control” programs Austin Bowie, Converse Judson & El Paso Montwood and now over athletic DFW powerhouse, Duncanville.
Deon Mitchell had 15 points & 5 assists while 2011 W Cameron Blue also added 15 in the win. Cameron Lenzy had 9 for D’ville and Mergerson had 7 & 6 boards.
El Paso Montwood 45 ston Westbury 28
Seniors Robert Lopez (left) & Gabriel Licon (right) are two integral parts of this year’s version of Montwood. Licon is one of the better perimeter shooters in the tournament while Lopez always knows where the soft spot is in the high post defense.
At the half, it’s Montwood leading 19-10. Gabriel Licon has 13 of their points and grabbed 5 boards. Not too shabby for a 5’10” guard. Montwood won this one going away in methodical fashion. Licon finished with 25 to lead all scorers while Robert Lopez had 13. Props go to Senior Ricardo Nova who does a lot of the dirty work. He’s not going to fill the stat sheet but he does a little bit of everything it takes for the team to win.
I was speaking with the Montwood staff prior to the game this evening. What a nice group of guys. It didn’t take but a minute to see how much pride they took in the defensive intensity and precision which their Montwood teams operate at, year in and year out. Coach Tony Harper has 800 plus wins, which is pretty impressive.
One of the most interesting tidbits I acquired in the conversation is that Coach Harper played for The Bear, the legendary Don Haskins. He was there at UTEP (known as Texas Western at the time) during that 1966 season which was immoratlized in the movie Glory Road. Apparently, Coach Harper was also a pitcher on the baseball team so after playing 20 basketball games that season he left the basketball team before their historic run head to his field of dreams.
Kerrville Tivy 81 Bandera 36
The Tivy Antlers came out of the holiday break with fresh legs as they demoralized the Bandera Bulldogs in early action play 81-36. Freshman Matt Perry came down the floor on the first possession after Tivy won the opening tip and hit a trey. The Bulldogs would not score until 56 sec were left in the first quarter. It was 24-1 Tivy after one and 40-8 at half. 12 players for the Antlers scored and Perry led the Antlers with 14.
Kerrville Tivy 61 San Angelo Central 53
At noon the Antlers took the court again against San Angelo Central. Freshman “Mattie Ice” Perry started the game out again with two 3s early. The Antlers led 26-20 at the half. After an ugly 3rd quarter in a physical game, senior Deron Belford(Texas State)took over to rally the Tivy troops in the 4th. Perry was high scorer with 24 (6 threes) and Deron Belford had 19.
2011 G Jake Kocher (left) is up to his old scoring antics as he dropped 35, 12, 31 & 27 in four games at the Tivy Invitational. Meanwhile super frosh Matt Perry (right) has posted another season best as he had 24 points v San Angelo Central.
San Angelo Central 99 San Antonio Steele 95 (4 OT’s!)South San 70 New Braunsfels Unicorns 62
SA Steele 58 Bandera 41
South San 50 Austin Lake Travis 44
San Antonio Madison 90 Somerset 48
Austin St. MIchaels 71 Corpus Christi King 49 (Jake Kocher (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 35)
Austin Lake Travis 50 Converse Judson 48
San Antonio Madison 64 Dripping Springs 46
Somerset 64 New Braunsfels 60
Dripping Springs 57 Austin St. Michaels 50
Converse Judson 82 Corpus Christi King 31
2011 G Jacob Palacios paced Clark with 20 points, including a three pointer which allowed Clark to take the lead with 30 seconds to play. He overcame 2012 W Marcus Roper’s late pair of three pointers which allowed Stevens to come back from their deficit before Palacios last minute heroics.
Del valle is in the Houston area representing Central Texas. Del Valle Coach Brad Alexander reports back that the Cardinals are living dangerously. Every game is a nail biter.
Del Valle 48, Langham Creek 47
The Cardinals were down by 12 and hit the winning shot with 3 seconds left to play. Karim York (Santa Clara) led with 16 points.
Kingwood Park 59 Del Valle 58 (OT)
Roles were reversed this time as Del Valle LOST a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter. Karim York’s 25 points were wasted in this affair.
Del Valle Humble Atascocita (2OT)
Del Valle gave up a 10 point lead in the 4th but snagged the win in the 2nd extra session.