12:30pm #11 Dickinson Gators v #17 Houston Christian Mustangs
Key Players: Dickinson-Jarian Spells (Sr), Quante Julien (So), Tramon Mark (Fr); Hou Christian - Miller Kopp (Jr), Jalon Clark (Jr), Sahvir Wheeler (So)
Notes: If you like guards this is the game for you. Dickinson has guards for days, months, and years - even after losing sharp shooting junior Faite Williams who transferred. This game is the perfect stage for Spells to prove he is one of the area's top unsigned floor generals. It will be interesting to see how talented freshman Mark fares in his debut. Houston Christian will be led by super talented point guard Wheeler (committed to Texas A&M). This pint sized point guard is really fun to watch. He is fresh off of a 30p 12a performance in their season opener on Tuesday. Kopp has the ability to dominate on the inside, and Clark should make an imprint on this game.
2:00pm #8 Cy Falls Eagles v #6 Klein Forest Eagles
Key Players: Cy Falls - DeShang Weaver (Jr). Nigel Hawkins (Jr), Trajan Wesley (Jr); Klein Forest - Cedric Alley (Sr), Tavion Roberson (Sr) Taj Simmons (Sr)
Notes: This should be one of the best games of the day. Cy Falls, who comes into the season one of the favorites in 6A Region 3. In addition to Hawkins, the Eagles has Weaver back in the fold - he missed all of last season with a torn ACL. They also benefit from the addition of Wesley who looks to be back to his old ways after a so-so sophomore campaign. Klein Forest is a senior laden team who has all the tools to be one of the best teams in state. The Alley / Weaver match up will be fun to watch.
3:30pm #30 Nimitz Cougars v #20 V-Prep Cardinals
Key Players: Nimitz- Walter Prevost (Sr) Justin Lawson (So); V-Prep -Jarred Vanderbilt (Sr), Roy Broomfield (Sr)
Notes: Vanderbilt opened the season with a 35p 17r performance during an overtime win against Westbury Christian. He missed the team's last 2 games (leg) and will return to action 3:30 on Saturday (vs Nimitz. The key to this game will be whether Nimitz prevent Vanderbilt from having one of those monster games. Also will Prevost dominate the paint? One of the more interesting match ups on the docket.
5:00pm #3 Westfield Mustangs v #4 Dawson Eagles
Key Players: Westfield- Jase Febres (Sr) Darius McNeil (Sr), DeMarcus Morris (Sr); Dawson -Karl Nicholas (Sr) Jules Moor (Sr), Braxton Lovings (Sr)
Notes: This one should be rocking with two of the more talented teams in the city. Westfield is the only team in the state with 2 seniors signed letters of intent to Big 12 powers (Febres to Texas & McNeil to Iowa State). Which dynamic duo will out play the other could determine the winner. Both Moor and Nicholas (signed with Montana) play a physical brand of ball. Expect for Moor to take advantage of this platform to attract the attention of at least one D1 head coach. The X-factor for Dawson will be the productivity of Lovings while opposite McNeil.
6:30pm #15 Yates Lions v #7 Sam Houston Tigers
Key Players: Yates- Terrand Bennett (Sr) Jock Hughes (Jr) Mitchell Seriale (Jr); Sam Houston - Jacob Wiley (Sr), Kendric Davis (Jr), Henry Hampton (Jr)
Notes: This is a rematch of the HISD Tournament Finals (won by Sam Houston) last season. Expect an up and down game with the team who takes care of the ball better most likely coming out on top. Wiley and Seriale are two of the most athletic kids in the city, and their match-up should be fun to watch. TCU recruit, Davis is a warrior on the court. Will someone other than Davis be able to handle the Yates pressure? A player like Hampton can earn instant respect from opponents with his contributions.
8:00pm #2 Davis Falcons v #9 Atascocita Eagles
Key Players: Davis -Royce Hamm (Sr), Jamal Antione (Sr); Atascocita- Fabian White (Sr), Kobi Wilson (Jr), Joe Rollins (So)
Notes: Gone are the days of Carsen Edwards and Greg Shead. Atascocita is breaking in a new group of guards and by no means are these kids some slouches. Wilson (transferred from Arkansas). He is the son of former Christian Life coach Carlos Wilson. Rollins along with junion Casey Brooks will look to compliment White who will be anchoring down low. The duel between White (signed with Houston) and Hamm (signed with Texas) will be epic! Expect Hamm to use his versatility to gain an advantage. Antione could be the X-Factor for Davis!
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