Austin Westlake Holiday Classic-Championship Day

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


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)

Pflugerville-Inaugural Westlake Holidy Classic Champions!

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