We received this special report from Texas Blue Chips Director Mitch Malone on the two runner-up finishes of his 17-Under and 15-under squads this past weekend at the Houston Hoops H-Town Classic.
Things went relatively well for our first road trip and tournament for this spring. The 17's Navy Team and The TXBC 15's both made it to the championship games in the 17U and 15U Divisions of the H-Town Classic hosted by the Houston Hoops.
The TXBC Navy Team was lead again by the dynamic back court duo of 6-foot-1 2012 point guard Deion Houston of Duncanville (TX) H.S., and 6-foot 2011 point guard Keon Anderson of North Crowley H.S. both played really well in leading the Texas Bluechips Navy Team to the championship game against the host team, The Houston Hoops.
The new inside presence of 6-8 center Chris Washburn Jr. of Duncanville H.S. added some much needed scoring in the post, along with the continued inside development of 6-9 unsigned senior Kedrick Tate of Garland TX Naaman Forest H.S., and the inside-out skills of 6-7 2011 Terrance Syon of North Crowley H.S. the TXBC finally have a good inside game to go with our above mentioned Super Back Court.
6-4 Mark Brown of Dallas TX Woodrow Wilson started to show the skills that we knew he had from the wing. Also, 2012 combo guard Kendall Sanders of Athens TX H.S., 6-2 2011 shooting guard Andrew McGilvery of North Crowley H.S, 6-3 2011 shooting guard Justin Daniels of North Crowley H.S and 6-2 unsigned senior shooting guard Justin Brooks added additional fire power on the perimeter from the 3 guard spots.
Overall, the Navy Team displayed that they can become one of the Top 17U Teams in the country after finishing the tournament with a 5-1 record after losing to the Houston Hoops 66-60 after only being down by two points with the ball in transition with less than one minute to play.
The TXBC 15's really played well especially since we were missing our best player, 6-6 power forward D.J. Miles of Meridian MS H.S. last weekend. Their runners-up finish was even more impressive since they lost big-time 5-10 (2013) PG Marcus Mathieu of Grand Prairie TX H.S. when he injured his ankle in the closing minutes of our first game, which was a 47-point victory against the Texas Cagers.
That left the TXBC 15's with only seven players for the remainder of the tournament. They won the next four games beating the San Antonio RoHawk, Clear Lake Kings, Houston Cowboys, and the Houston Hoops to advance to the Championship Game with just those seven players.
TCBC ran out of gas in the championship Game vs. ATX, as a shortented roster just wasn't enough in the final. The TXBC 15's will be one of the top teams in their age group once they are healthy and get all their players back. All-in-all it was a good weekend for Texas Bluechips at the H-Town Classic.