Houston vs. The Nation - Day One

Top teams fall with No. 51 ranked Baylor bound senior Anthony Jones leading one upset victory

Dec. 29, 2007

By Van Coleman

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Two traditional Top 10 squads went down in defeat as both Montverde Academy (Fla.) and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) lost close ones in Houston. 


Here's all the Friday action from the Campbell Center:


Houston St. Thomas H.S. (Tex.) 81 - Houston Westfield H.S. (Tex.) 78 - 2OT


This one opened up the day with a little wake up firepower. It was close early, tied at 18-all at the end of one quarter.  St. Thomas built a seven point edge at the half 33-26 before Westfield scrapped back in the second half to finally tie it 67-all at the end of regulation. 


In the first overtime the two teams traded buckets, but the second overtime belonged to St. Thomas as they opened a six point lead, 78-72, then held on for an 81-78 decision over Westfield


St. Thomas was led by 6-foot-5 Jonathan Strom who finished with 26 points.  He received solid support from 6-foot-2 sophomore Stephen White who added 16 points, while 6-foot Blake Jolivette and 6-foot-7 Antuan Bootle chipped in with 12 points each. 


Westfield's top gun was 5-foot-11 Mark Brooks with 22 points.  He got solid support from 6-foot-2 Donte Baines with 17 points, while 6-foot-1 Doug Dumas and 6-foot-3 junior James Logan added 14 and 11 points respectively.


Houston HCYA (Tex.) 67 - Houston St. Pius X H.S. (Tex.) 55


We arrived just as this one was about to go in the books with HCYA winning a well deserved 67-55 victory according to tournament director Hal Pastner.  He told us that the Sanders boys had really "put on a show!" 


HCYA, composed of some of Houston's top home-schooled talent, built an early lead behind their dynamic duo to go up 34-24 at the half.  Saint Pius made a couple runs in the second half to cut it to six points on a couple occasions, but HCYA never got rattled by the pressure.


HCYA's top gun was 5-foot-11 John-Caleb Sanders with 21 points, while 6-foot-3 Jesse Sanders ran the show and scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds to drive his club to the win. 


Saint Pius was led by 6-foot-8 Dwight Miller (Pittsburgh) with 13 points and eight boards.  He got support from 6-foot-4 Jamal Lackey with 14 points, while 6-foot-3 junior Aaron Davis added 11 points.


Houston Hastings (Tex.) 66 - Bellaire (Tex.) 51


Bellaire opened up an early lead in the opening quarter of play, holding an 18-13 advantage as the first period ended.  They extended their lead to 22-15 before 5-foot-9 Chris Iles and 5-foot-11 David Linden led a 16-3 run over the last five minutes of the first half to put Hastings on top for good at intermission, 32-25.  The third quarter was more of the same as Hastings extended their lead to 16 points, 51-35, by the end of the stanza.  Hastings coasted in the final quarter, trading baskets with Bellaire to win a 66-51 decision.


Hastings was led by Chris Iles with 19 points, while David Linden hit four threes in route to 18 points.  They got solid support from 6-foot-2 Lionel Foster who chipped in with 12 points. 


Bellaire's top gun was 5-foot-10 sophomore point Jonathan Evans with 19 points, while 6-foot-3 Nicholas Foreman added 13 points in the loss.


Houston Kingwood (Tex.) 47 - Katy Seven Lakes (Tex.) 35


In this one, both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter as Kingwood extended its 16-12 first quarter lead to 21-15 at the half.  The third quarter started the same way as both teams were silent from the field early, until 6-foot-5 Jordan McGowen hit a couple quick baskets to put Kingwood up 28-18.  That seemed to ignite both teams as the fourth quarter was an offensive outburst compared to the first three periods, as Kingwood scored 17 points and Seven Lakes 14 points while Kingwood went on to win.


Kingwood was led by Jordan McGowen with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Nick James added nine points in the win.  Seven Lakes' top gun was 5-foot-8 Jimmy Abraham with 15 points, while 6-foot-4 Anthony Kendrick chipped in with 10 points in the loss.


Cypress Cy Springs (Tex.) 65 - Montverde Academy (Fla.) 59


This was a classic, as Montverde Academy went up against the dead-eye shooting duo of 6-foot-7 junior Eric Williams (Marquette) and 6-foot-5 Phillip McDonald (New Mexico) and their Cy Springs teammates.


It started out with Montverde opening a 9-4 lead just three minutes into the first quarter.  But, as was the case throughout the game, Eric Williams and Phillip McDonald led a 7-0 run to put Cy Springs back on top, 11-9, with three minutes to play in the opening quarter.  Both clubs traded baskets over the next minute and a half with Montverde holding a 15-14 lead.  But Williams stole a pass and finished with a quick dunk to put Cy Springs up one.  Montverde missed a jumper and 5-foot-8 Josh Thurmon made a run out basket to end the quarter with Cy Springs up 18-15.


Cy Springs opened the second quarter on fire and extended their lead to 28-20 before 6-foot-7 Femi Akinpetide led a run over the last 3:25 of the half to bring Montverde back to within one, 30-29.


Cy Springs was led by Eric Williams with 14 points and Phillip McDonald with 10 points in the first half. 


Montverde featured a balanced attack that had 6-foot-4 Marcus Capers (Washington State), 6-foot-8 Steve Tchiengang (Vanderbilt) and 6-foot-11 junior Ruslan Pateev all leading the way with six points each.


The second half started with each club trading baskets earlier and was tied on three occasions, the last at 43-all with 2:16 to play in the third quarter after Marcus Capers made a monstrous jam driving the baseline.  But, Capers was called for a technical for taunting and it started a Cy Springs 10-0 to end the third quarter as McDonald scored eight points. It was a questionable call from what we could see at courtside, but we couldn't hear what was said.  However, it did change the game and is something officials should work hard not to affect with their calls.


The fourth quarter opened with a Cy Springs basket that gave them their biggest lead at 12 points, 55-43, before Montverde picked up the intensity and chipped away.  The Florida squad closed the gap to two, 57-55, behind 6-foot Dashan Harris (Texas A&M / No. 96) and Capers, who combined for 10 of 12 points in a 12-2 run that ended with just over three minutes to play.  It was at this point that Eric Williams took over again, knocking down five of six from the line to seal a 65-59 victory for Cy Springs.


Cy Springs was led by Phil McDonald with 26 points including 6-three pointers.  His partner on the wing in Eric Williams added 23 points and eight rebounds.


Montverde's top gun was Marcus Capers with 16 points, while Steve Tchiengang added 13 points and Femi Akinpetide chipped in 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.  Rusan Pateev also pulled in 10 rebounds for Montverde.


Spring Klein Collins (Tex.) 60 - Albany Academy (N.Y.) 39


This one was over in the second quarter as Klein Collins broke open a close game to go up 27-16 at the half. 


They continued to build on that lead in the third quarter by going up 43-20 before coasting to victory.

Klein Collins was led by 6-foot-1 Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga) who finished with 15 points and 5 assists.  He got solid support from Jared Holzworth who added 13 points in the win, while Michael Flores and Bassel Bawji added eight points each. 


Albany Academy was led by Jamel Fields who finished with a game high 24 points.


Houston Wheatley (Tex.) 64 - Minneapolis De Lasalle (Minn.) 53


This one was close early as Wheatley and DeLasalle traded baskets to end the first quarter with Wheatley on top 14-11. 


DeLasalle opened the second quarter with a quick 6-2 burst to take a 17-16 lead. It was the last lead that DeLasalle was to have in the game, as Wheatley went on a 13-4 run behind the play of 6-foot-3 DeShaun Garrett, who scored 11 points, to go up 29-21.  Wheatley held on to go to the locker room up 35-25 at the end of the first half.


The third quarter started out with Wheatley increasing their lead to 41-27 before 6-foot-7 Royce White (No. 41 junior) took over for DeLasalle, scoring nine of his team's next 12 points to close the gap to 46-39 at the end of the third quarter.  The fourth quarter was all Wheatley after the DeLasalle bench received a technical, and the Texas squad ran off a 14-5 run to go up 60-44.  DeLasalle never mounted a serious threat after that as Wheatley coasted to a 64-53 victory.


Wheatley was led by DeShaun Garrett with 27 points and seven rebounds.  He got solid support from 6-foot wing man D.J. Stearn who added 16 points and 6-foot-6 Joseph Franklin who chipped in with 11 points. 


DeLasalle was led by Royce White with 15 points and six rebounds.  He received support from Jalen Jaspers who added 12 points in the loss.


Elizabeth St. Patrick (N.J.) 79 - Houston Madison (Tex.) 67


This one started like an offensive slugfest as neither team could stop their top perimeter weapons.


6-foot-3 junior Dexter Strickland (No. 9 junior) from St. Patrick's and Tommy Mason-Griffin (LSU / No. 81 junior) from Madison each scored nine points a piece for their respective squads as the quarter ended knotted at 21-all. 


St. Patrick's jumped out to a 31-24 lead to open the second quarter as the coach's son Kevin Boyle Jr. scored six quick points.  St. Patrick's built the lead to eleven, 35-24, before Mason-Griffin regained his shooting eye to close the gap to five, 37-32, at the intermission.


The third quarter saw 6-foot-8 Quintrell Thomas (Kansas / No. 106) take over in the paint as St. Patrick's built their lead to double digits on a couple occasions before Griffin and 6-foot-6 Joe Lawson teamed for another late 6-2 run to cut it to eight, 55-47, at the end of three. 


The fourth quarter was all St. Patrick's as Madison just couldn't put together a serious run to stop the Celtics express.  They opened the lead to 19 at 77-58 before coasting home in the last two minutes.


St. Patrick's was led by Quintrell Thomas with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Dexter Strickland added 18 points and Kevin Boyle Jr. chipped in with 11 points.


Madison's top guns were Tommy Mason-Griffin with 28 points including 6-three pointers, and 6-foot-3 Richard Brown who finished with 24 points.


Houston Yates (Tex.) 82 - Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy (Va.) 80


The nightcap was definitely worth the wait as two deep and talented squads met up in a real donnybrook.

It started out with Oak Hill taking an early 8-4 lead as Brandon Jennings (No. 1 / Arizona) scored the first six points for the Warriors.  But, Houston Yates came right back behind some big buckets by 6-foot-10 Anthony Jones (Baylor / No. 51) to knot it up at 20-all as the first quarter ended.


The second quarter saw Oak Hill open up a seven point lead, 36-29, over Yates.  But again, Yates closed the gap to one, 40-39, behind a couple long three pointers by 5-foot-10 sophomore Darius Gardner.  Oak Hill went on an 8-2 run over the final 2:21 of the first half to go to the locker room up 48-41. 


Oak Hill was led by Jennings with 17 points and 6-foot-8 Keith Gallon (No. 27 junior) with 10 points in the opening half.  Yates' top gun was Jones who had 14 points, while Gardner added 10 points.


The third quarter saw the two squads trade buckets in the early going as Oak Hill held a 57-51 advantage with 3:35 to go in the period.  At that point Yates took over behind the explosive scoring of 6-foot-1 Xavier Robinson by outscoring Oak Hill 13-4 over the final three minutes to take a 64-61 lead at the end of three quarters.


The fourth quarter opened with Oak Hill regaining the lead with a 9-2 run to go up 70-66. Robinson and Jones kept bringing Yates back, scoring 11 of their next 14 points to pull even with Oak Hill at 80-all with 1:44 to play. 


After a missed Oak Hill shot, Yates decided to sit on the ball to look for the last shot.  They held the ball until the final six seconds when Robinson drove toward the lane, appeared to double dribble but none was called, and  went up and knocked down a 12-footer to put Yates up 82-80 with one second to play.  Jennings took a half-court shot that hit the backboard and rim as the buzzer sounded to give Yates the upset victory.


Yates was led by Anthony Jones with 22 points and Xavier Robinson who added 21 points.  They got solid support from Darius Gardner with 12 points, while Brandon Peters chipped in with 11 points in the huge win. 


Brandon Jennings led Oak Hill with 31 points, despite being double-teamed most of the night by the quick Yates guards.  He got solid support from Keith Gallon who added 18 points and 6-foot-1 Byron Allen who chipped in 11 points for the Warriors.


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