RECAP: HABCA ALL STAR GAMES

The annual Houston Area Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game(s) took place May 3, 2018 at Phillips Fieldhouse (2909 Dabney, Pasadena TX).  The games were held at 6p and 8p.  The four coaches included two state champions from this season (Ken Coleman - Port Arthur Memorial HS & Joe Sigler - Silsbee HS) as well as a runners-up (Bobby Sanders - Tompkins HS).  Darren Chandler (Deer Park HS) completed the stellar quartet of coaches.

GAME 1:  TEAM SANDERS  134    TEAM COLEMAN 111
TS:  Enzo Sechi (Katy Taylor/ Colorado Springs College) 24,  Terrell Wilson (Marshall / Midwestern State) 20,  Tayvion Johnson (North Shore) 17,  Andrew Nguyen (Cy Falls / Cameron OK) 17,  Jackson Moffatt (Magnolia / Baylor - walkon) 15,  Trajan Wesley (Cy Falls / Lousiana Lafayette) 13,  CJ Washington (Tompkins / Kennesaw State) 13,  Jamal Bieniemy (Tompkins / Oklahoma) 8,  DeAndre Johnson (Cy Springs / Blinn JC - walkon) 3,  Byron Brown (Lamar Consolidated / Ellsworth JC) 3.
 
TC:  Thailon Wesley (Port Arthur Memorial / Lamar State PA) 26,  PJ Byrd (Bush / VCU) 14,  Melo Wilbert (The Woodlands / Incarnate Word) 13,  Antione Henderson (Rudder / Labette JC) 13,  Sam Schrader (Eisenhower) 13,  Keaton Taylor (Lamar Consolidated / Ellsworth JC) 10,  Darion Chatmon (Port Arthur Memorial) 7,  Kendrick Washington (Humble) 6,  Alex Dehoyos (Friendswood / Schreiner) 6,  Jalen Sneed (Hardin Jefferson / Dodge City JC) 5

NOTES:  Team Sanders featured 7 players who scored double digits, led by power forward Enzo Sechi who splashed home 4 three pointers in the process.  It was great to see Wilson and Nguyen back to their old form on the court.  Only one word described the entire body of work displayed by Johnson... "WOW".  There wasn't an official stat keeper, but this unsigned senior consistently made acrobatic block after block on the defensive end.  It would be very hard for any witness to debate whether or not he was the best performer in this game.  The trio of D1 signees all performered well within expecations, and if by chance you're wondering why Bieniemy only had 8pts - get a life.  He was the most unselfish player on the floor from beginning to end and not only generated a win, but mostly importantly had a great deal of fun.


GAME 2:  TEAM CHANDLER  122    TEAM SIGLER 105
TC:  Tristian Ikpe (Deer Park / Blinn JC) 25,  Kendric Davis (Sam Houston / TCU) 21,  Henry Hampton (Sam Houston) 15,  Zach Nutall (Bryan / Sam Houston State) 12,  James Drexler (Strake Jesuit / SMU walk-on) 12,  Draylon Brown (South Houston / Angelina JC) 11,  Nighael Caesar (Ridge Point) 10,  Koby Richardson (Angleton) 8,  Connor Gartner (Memorial) 5,  TeeShawn Garrett (Texas City) 3

TS:  Kavin Ezekwe (Alief Taylor / UT Dallas) 20,  Hunter Quick (Brazosport / Cameron OK) 16,  Tamir Bynum (Lamar / UTSA) 15,  DJ Peavy (DeKaney / Mercer) 14,  Jay Lewis (Conroe / New Mexico JC) 11,  Joe Ogunbanjo (Alief Taylor / California-fball) 10,  Malcolm Epps (DeKaney / Texas - fball) 7,  Kobe Wilson (Atascocita ./ Arkansas State) 7,  Lynnis Brown (Terry) 4,  Darius Mickens (Willis / Texas A&M Kingsville) 2

NOTE:  Ikpe doesn't past the eye test but once the clock starts ticking, so does he - like a bucket getting bomb.  The future Blinn Bucanneer was spectacular at finishing plays on both sides of the rim.  Sam Houston guard duo of Davis and Hampton combined for 36pts in the win.  A trio of players (Drexler, Brown & Richardson) took full advantage of the stage while validating their status.  It's something about seeing a Sam Houston uniform which brings out the best in Ezekwe.  Remember, his buzzer beating jumper eliminated the Tigers from the playoffs in March.  Ezekwe opened the game aggressive and knocked down 4 treys on the evening.  Hunter Quick had the best post up moves of any player in the building.  His mid range touch is really good.   The Sigler team featured the area's best two sport stars, Ogunbanjo & Epps.  It may have been cooler to see them on opposite teams, but even in defeat they accomplished the objective of any All Star game - they had fun.


CONGRATS!   2018 George McClellan Foundation Scholarship Recipients:
$1,000 - DeAndre Johnson (Cy Springs HS)
$1,000 - Henry Wayne Hampton (Sam Houston HS) 

ABOUT THE GMF
The George McClellan Foundation was established in 2006 in honor of the late George McClellan. He was a very strong advocate for youth basketball, giving freely his resources to support the achievement of all student athletes.  While raising his own son (Jawaan McClellan, Milby HS grad, ex University of Arizona basketball star, and recent hired Houston Police Department officer), George shared the compassion within his heart towards the positive development of numerous athletes in the Houston area.

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