For many of Texas’ teams with their sights set on the July recruiting period, the Great American Shootout-Pearland is a final tune up before they hit the trail in search of scholarship opportunities for their athletes. The Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio arrived in Pearland with the goal of defending the championship they’d won 3 weeks ago at the GASO in Bryan/College Station, TX.
Texas D1 was super pooled and went through their 3 pool games unscathed:
GASO Pool Play:
Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 60 Team Texas-San Antonio 53
Team Texas jumped on top 9-3, but Texas D1 went on a 29-14 run to lead comfortably at the half. 2012 Uche Ofoegbu of San Antonio Stevens led the balanced scoring with 15 points. He’s getting recruited mid to high major. He’s receiving serious consideration from SMU, Tulane, Colorado, Texas A&M, Stanford, Penn State and Yale just to name a few.
2012 Adam Perez of San Antonio Clark dropped 13 in support of Ofoegbu while 2013 G Justin Graham was the best player on the floor for Team Texas-San Antonio as he had 15 points and handled constant pressure well in the loss.
Texas D1 Ambasadors 57 Deron Williams Elite 48
Once again Uche Ofoegbu led the way in the scoring department as he notched 21. 2012 P 6’9″ Connor Lammert had 10, as did 2012 G Matt Gramling. 2012 F Antoine Burrell had 13 for D-Will Elite.
Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 61 Houston Lynx 55
2012 G Matt Gramling showed why his San Antonio MacArthur squad went deep into the Texas 5A State Playoffs as he scored 20 points and had several key assists in the win over a solid Lynx squad. 2012 Jacolby Green led the Lynx with 13 points.
GASO Bracket Play: 1st Round
Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 64 Houston Starting 5 Phenoms 52
Balanced scoring was the order of the day as Texas D1 went deep into their bench. Adam Perez, 2012 G Niko Maxwell of San Antonio Clark and 2012 Matt Gramling all had 12 points as they cruised to the W.
GASO Bracket Play: 2nd Round
Texas D1 Ambasadors-San Antonio 75 Corpus Christi Islanders 60
As Yogi Berra used to say, “It’s deja vu all over again” as for the 3rd consecutive GASO event the Islanders were sent packing by Texas D1. The Islanders went up 13-4 but popped their cork too early as Texas D1 kept it’s composure and came roaring back. The Texas D1 squad is a reflection of even keeled, classy Coach Paul Josephs. They just don’t get rattled. It was a close game until coaching techs took the wind out of the Islanders sails, sinking their ship. 2012 W 6’6″ Jeffrey Rodewald, MVP of his district with Alamo Heights gave them the business as he dropped 22 points, recored double digit rebounds and 6 blocks. Adam Perez also added 22 in the blowout.
GASO Semi Finals
Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 51 San Antonio Legends 44
There’s only one legendary group out of San Antonio, TX and that’s the D1 Ambassadors with 96 D1 players and counting. In a spirited affair, Texas D1 went on a late 18-5 run to win going away. Credit Jeffrey Rodewald’s high revving motor and Adam Perez penetrating to the paint at will as the keys to victory. 2012 Taurean Waller-Prince was the best player on the other side of the ball as he had 14 in the loss.
Houston Hoopstars Elite 60 Texas D1 Ambassadors 51
In the third meeting of heavyweights in the past three weeks, the Houston Hoopstars Elite downed the Texas D1 Ambassadors in a great summer basketball game. The Hoopstars led by double digits several times, and Texas D1 kept battling back. With less than 2 minutes remaining Texas D1 had two chances to knot the score at 54 but could not get it done against a well coached, and talented Hoopstars squad.
Not too often that summer games are kind to big men in terms of flow and mathups but for the second straight GASO championship game as the two Pangos All American Campers: 2012 Cameron Ridley (Texas commit) and Connor Lammert battled all game long with intense post play. Both kids are really good, both academically as well as in a basketall sense. It’s going to be a great July recruiting period for Texas players as they head on the road for the July period. Good luck and safe travels to all!