The 6th annual “Season Opener” powered by Boost Mobile officially launched the Boys’ UIL regular season, Monday November 17, 2014 at the luxurious Aldine ISD M.O. Campbell Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77032.
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#12 VICTORY PREP 74 ALDINE DAVIS 71
PREVIEW: Aldine Davis is competing in their second varsity season. However, the boast the area’s #2 ranked soph, Royce Hamm 6’7 f 2017. V-Prep features not only the area’s #1 soph, Jarred Vanderbilt 6’8 f 2017, but he’s also listed as one of the nation’s top 5 prospects. This should be one heck of a showdown, considering both Hamm and Vanderbilt can play multiple positions on the court.
VP: Jarred Vanderbilt (soph) 23p 14r, Josh Washington 14, Boaz Williams 12, Lejuan Hardy 11, Marvin Powell 6, John Dockery 5, Joseph Murray 2, Antonio Terrell 1
AD: Royce Hamm (soph) 25, Chovallian Kibble 11, Taylor Pearson 10, Te'Reaun Williams 4, Wallace Jarrett 4, Roland Lewis 3, Jake Shields 2, Arthur Johnson (soph) 1
REVIEW: Vanderbilt (23pts, 3/8ft) and Hamm (25pts, 3 treys, 6/9ft) both played well, and successfully defending their status as the top two sophs in the city. However, Vanderbilt silenced any doubt (if you had any) if you dared to measure him against Hamm. Additionally, V-Prep was the better / deeper team. Josh Washington had 14pts and this was the first time I've seen him score a field goal in all four quarters. Boaz Williams netted 8 of his 12pts in the final period. Lujuan Hardy started and produced 11pts. Aldine Davis got 11pts from Chovallian Kibble and Taylor Pearson made his presence felt with 10pts.
#16 WESTBURY CHRISTIAN 70 #8 BELLAIRE 65
PREVIEW: Bellaire returns four starters including the area’s #3 ranked senior, Christian James 6’5 w 2015 (Oklahoma), #15 ranked senior, Jarren Greenwood 6’0 pg 2015, and #7 ranked soph Maxwell Evans 6’0 pg. 2017. Westbury Christian is the TAPPS 5A defending state champion. They are once again guided by the area’s #1 floor general, Galen Robinson 6’0 pg 2015, which is masterful at making teammates better and generating wins. James is recovering from knee injury and will not suit up for this game.
WC - Galen Robinson 25, Marlin Davis 24, Jared Cebrun 8, Kirk Berger 4, Grant Hazle 4, Wayne Li 4, Armani Crosby 1
B - Maxwell Evans 22, Jarren Greenwood 13, Jaydon Peevey 8, Tevon Johnson 7, Ryan Biggers 5, Leonard Pradia 4, D'Andre Boyd 2
REVIEW: Backcourt tandem of Robison and Marlin Davis combined for 48 points and equally hit 4 treys. The Wildcats as a team, connected on 51% of their field goals (8/15 treys). The lead was double digits for most of the game before Bellaire's Max Evans (13pts in 4Q) heated up in the final period. The sophomore led the Cardinals with 22pts.
#4 CY WOODS 86 #25 HOUSTON MADISON 64
PREVIEW: This game features a highly anticipated showdown between the area’s top big men. Samir Sehic 6’8 pf 2015 (Vanderbilt) is a brute strong Bosnian bred forward who is currently the #1 rated post. He is also the most productive offensive power forward in the city. Meanwhile, Madison has arguably the area’s most intimidating defensive presence, Chris Harris 6’10 c 2015. He is a very long shot-blocker and rebounder who re-opened his recruitment after committing to Texas A&M last season.
CW: Samir Sehic 20p/ 15r, Jordan Houston 20, Jhealan Wesley 15, JJ Caldwell 10p/ 11a, Trey Wesley (frosh) 6, Hogan Chayce 6, Isaiah Green 5, Jared Lilly 2, Shea Foster 2
M: Curtis Randle 21, Jeremiah Gambrell 14, Chris Mayberry 10, Chris Harris 7p/6r, Wesley Spencer 7, Jared Medlock 2, Keyondre Toliver 2, Shaquille Barrett 1
REVIEW: Cy Woods connected on 6 treys in the opening period, and built a 24-14 lead. That was all the cushion they needed. Sehic won the battle of the big men in relatively convincing fashion (outscoring and outrebounding Harris). Speaking of Harris, he misfired on 7 of 8 free throw attempts. Newcomer Jordan Houston made a name for himself by knocking down several open jumpers from all over the floor. Actually, he was arguably the game's most valuable player, because his 20pts pretty much blindsided everyone in the 22pt victory. Late in the third quarter, ninth grader Jeremiah Gambrell drilled three treys as Madison trimmed the lead to single digits. However, the final eight minutes enabled Houston to hit his 4th and 5th three pointer of the evening to push the margin back in the double digits before the Wildcats cruised to the win.
#1 NORTH SHORE 79 ALDINE NIMITZ 48
PREVIEW: Aldine Nimitz returns four starters led by Devin Jackson 6’1 sg 2015, and welcome the services of #8 ranked soph, Walter Prevost 6’6 f 2017 . The Cougars will test their talents against the 5A defending state champion, North Shore Mustangs. These guys are one of the favorites to repeat, but will open the season minus MVP of of the state tourney, Jarrey Foster 6’5 wf 2015 (knee). North Shore’s deep lineup features the state’s top athlete, Kerwin Roach 6’4 g 2015 (Texas). He is also the 5A state-champion in the Triple Jump.
NS: Kerwin Roach 38 (9/12ft), Derec Burks 15 (7/11ft), Paul Ard 10, Eric Sellers 6, Adrian Brown 5, Andre Shelby 4, Darryl Thomas 1
N: Tyrell Hines 8, Darrell Braxton 7, Trey Guidry 6, Ke'Michael Rogers 6, Darrell Stewart 5, Devin Jackson 5, Walter Prevost 4, Josh Powell 4, Trey Martin 3
REVIEW: The area's #1 player opened the season with quite a bang. Roach was flat out marvelous (and that's an under-statement) while scoring 24 (9/9fg) of his 38pts in the first half. He came within ten points of outscoring the entire Nimitz team. Credit North Shore's defense as they made it very difficult for Nimitz (18 turnovers) to get into any type of rhythm. No player reached double digits in the scoring column. The Cougars' duo of Jackson (5pts) and Prevost (4pts) combined to hit only 1fg in 60 mins (30 x 2). Their minimized productivity pretty much summed up what kind of night it was for Nimitz.
#29 SUMMER CREEK 79 #10 JACK YATES 75
PREVIEW: The recently crowned 3A state champions will be honored with a spirited ring ceremony. This year’s version of the up-tempo paced Lions return one of the area’s best backcourts, Jacob Young 6’1 cg 2016 and Lorenzo Phillips 5’10 cg 2016. Summer Creek will debut the coaching era of James Bailey, the former Willowridge HS and Boise State coach. His team is led by the area’s #6 ranked senior, Paul Thomas 6’7 f 2015 (UTEP).
SC: Bryan Mitchell 22, Treylan Mathews 17, Paul Thomas 14, Corrion Ballard 10, Mason Hamilton 6, Theo Baker 4, Shae Raxx 2, Jencho Gray 2, Tyler Howard 2
JY: Lorenzo Phillips 16, Jacob Young 15, Cordell Hankerson 13, Kendarius Aaron 10, DaQuarious Tucker 8, De'andre Beasley 6, Marcus Edwards 4, Diaman'tre Boone 2, Terrand Bennett 1
REVIEW: The Season Opener concluded with a stunning upset. Summer Creek jumped out to a 15pt first quarter lead, and were in total control until Yates stormed back in the second half where they eventually took the lead before Summer Creek's big three of Mitchell, Mathews, and Thomas stepped up with big plays to clinch the exciting win. Bottom line, Summer Creek utilized their size the strength advantage to overcompensate for Yates' speed and depth. Speaking of Mitchell, the Detriot native was splendid in his debut as he sliced and diced through the Yates defense. The Bulldogs attacked the rim repeatedly and basically dared the Lions to either take a charge or block their shots. Yates missed 29 three point attempts. Junior backcourt of Phillips and Young were good, but sometimes just isn't good enough. After the next game or two for both teams, we all will know if indeed Yates is naughty or if Summer Creek is really nice.