The Houston teams dominated the inaugural event, as three top 10 teams fell to Houston squads in the three-day event. Overall Houston finished with a 9-2 record against the national teams.
Yates Take Down St. Pat's
The Yates/St. Patrick game didn't have the crazy finish that the Oak Hill/Yates game had on Friday, but it was certainly competitive. It turned out Yates' full court press was just too much for the Celtics, who were ranked No. 1 overall.
Throughout the contest they struggled with the ball pressure and despite his big time dunk early in the game, Strickland scored just one basket in the fourth quarter, which led to the 66-60 loss.
During the game Anthony Jones announced his presence early and often. He finished with a game high 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting and blocked 8 shots. Quintrell Thomas led the way for St. Pat's with 22 points and 14 boards.
Montverde Falls Again
Last night Kevin Sutton's 22-month winning streak came to a halt against Cy Springs, and on Saturday he suffered his second loss in as many days when Klein Collins took them down by a score of 45-43.
Derek Craig led the way for Klein Collins with 20 points, but the Tigers wouldn't have won without the effort that Demetri "Meech" Goodson put forth. He finished with just 10 points, but his defense was the difference in the game. Dashan Harris led the way for the Eagles with 13 points.
Anthony Jones, SF, Yates – It's evident that Jones has picked up his level of play. We knew he had the potential, but it seems like he's turning the corner and making the move from prospect to player. For the second night in a row he brought it and showed better patience. He was especially efficient from three (3 of 4). He also was great on the defensive end, as he blocked a ton of shots and certainly affected many others.
Quintrel Thomas, PF, St. Patrick – The Kansas signee kept the Celtics in the game with his play in the paint. He snagged offensive rebounds in and out of his area and majority of them led to buckets. Thomas is a high-energy guy that hits the glass, blocks shots and runs the floor looking to score.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Oak Hill – Although he couldn't get the jumper to go down, Jennings floor game and vision was impressive against Madison. The 6-foot-1 guard is clearly the best lead man in the country, but on this Oak Hill team he's relied on to score, which leads to him taking a ton of shots. For the game he was 14-for-29 and scored 36 points. He also tossed out 7 assists.
DeShaun Garrett, SG, Wheatley – The athletic 6-foot-3 wing caused havoc in Wheatley's full court press against Albany Academy. To go with his defensive performance, he also got in the lane and showed off his above average hops. Garrett, who scored 19 points, could definitely play some division 1 ball at a low-major school.
Demetri Goodson vs Dashan Harris – The two talented point guards went head-to-head in the Houston vs. The Nation event and the two made it tough to pick a winner, so we'll call it a draw. Harris definitely won the first half, as he came out of the gate stroking threes and finishing at the rim.
Then in the second half Goodson got in the lane more, finished acrobatic lay ups and showed off his speed. To go with all that, Goodson also played terrific on the ball defense. Down the stretch Goodson made enough plays to win the game, as he took a charge and hit some key free throws.
Keith Gallon, C, Oak Hill – With no real post threat on the opposition, "Tiny" dominated the paint from the get go. It seemed like he snagged every rebound and had a bunch of put backs. The 6-foot-9, 290-pound big man isn't in great shape, but he's still mobile in the paint and has a soft touch. He scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Papa Samba Ndoa, SF, Montverde – We touched on him in our day two recap, but we want to emphasize that that this kid has a chance to be one of the better players in the country. At 6-foot-8 he runs fluidly, is equipped with some serious length and shoots the ball very well. Coach Sutton is bringing him on slowly, but we expect to hear a lot more about him as he gets older.
Carlos Cook, SG, Wheatley – In a blowout win over Albany Academy, Cook got hot from the land of three, as he hit three triples for the game. To go with his shooting ability, he also played great pressure defense for the Wildcats.
Tobi Oyedeji, PF, Bellaire – On Friday we liked what we saw out of the 6-foot-7 big man, but Saturday he was playing at a whole different level. He's extremely long, contests shots and is good on the block. He only scored 5 points, but he affected the game on the defensive end and on the glass. He grabbed 10 boards and swatted at least 6 shots. Oyedeii has a high ceiling and we'd be surprised if he didn't tack on a few more inches before his high school career is up.
Jamel Outler, SG, Bellaire – Oyedeii's teammate absolutely wore it out from mid-range against Aldine. Outler, who finished 6-for-9 from the field, buried a handful of jumpers from 15 to 18 feet and mixed in a three-pointer. The 6-foot-3 guard finished with 13 points and a trio of assists.
The Texas Championship was won by Kingwood. They won all four of their games, as they beat DeLaSalle, Seven Lakes, Smiley and Hastings. Tevin Svihovec, a sophomore guard, scored 12 points in the championship to led the Mustangs.
Greg Wise, who is the father of Arizona guard Nic Wise, did a tremendous job with Yates this weekend. He's in his first year on the job and he took out two top 10 teams in two days.
Bellaire standout Tobi Oyedeii said he's already picked up a scholarship offers from Texas A&M. He said he's also getting strong interest from Texas, Baylor and USC. Minnesota is dabbling with him as well.
It doesn't get much longer than Royce White's list. The 6-foot-7 forward listed Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky, USC, Seton Hall, Arizona, Virginia, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Marquette, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Miami.
"Quintrell Thomas…like a Siamese cat!!!" -- Scout.com was stationed directly next to the ESPN announcers and we overheard this comment after a Thomas block in the 2nd quarter.
We saw coaches from Texas A&M, USC, North Carolina LSU, Seton Hall, TCU and Iowa State on Saturday. We also spotted Houston legend John Lucas.
This concludes our coverage from the Houston vs. The Nation. It was one of the most organized and well run events we've been to. Big kudos to Hal Pastner and his staff for doing such a great job and for the great hospitality.