. THURSDAY, MARCH 6th:
Props to the Houston Chronicle's Angel Verdejo for comrpising today's magnificent article on DJ Lewis of Yates HS. After reading that piece, it's pretty hard not to root for this young man.
Here is the broadcast schedule for the State Tournament Games
Doug Jones provides all the info you need heading into the finals of the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament.
3a State Championship Houston Yates Lions vs Dallas Madison Trojans Saturday March 8th 10:00 am
Semifinal Results: Yates def Kennedale 86-79, Madison def San Antonio Houston 77-62
Its the rematch of last years state title game everyone wanted to see. Last years match up saw Madison defeat Yates 85-72. This years game will be just as intense as last years. The key to this game will some down to two major factors. #1 Can Yates limit their turnovers, and can they make Madison turn the ball over? The Lions turned it over 22 times in the semis while Madison forced 22 turnovers while turning it over 14 times during their win Thursday afternoon. Yates has to minimize those give-a-ways because Madison thrives on miscues. #2 Who will be the the 3rd person to step up for each team. Each team has a 1-2 punch they can count on, for the Lions its J.C. Washington and Damien Lewis. For Madison they rely on Johnathan Turner and Admon Gilder, both recorded strong double doubles in the semis. The Lions will need Melvin Swift, Jacob Young or Lorenzo Phillips to step up. The Trojans will look to Cameron Bryant to play big one more time (19 points in semis). Its gonna be a good one early Saturday morning in the Drum!!!
5a State Championship North Shore Mustangs vs Converse Judson Rockets Saturday March 8th 8:30 pm
Semifinal Results: North Shore def DeSoto 48-45, Judson def Allen 52-41
The biggest and most important question in this game will be, "Can Judson handle North Shore's pressure defense"? The Mustangs forced semifinal opponent DeSoto into 26 turnover which led to 22 points. That alone made up for all the bricks North Shore was putting up (15/57 26% shooting). Judson meanwhile only turned it over 9 times in their win over Allen. Now lets not get it twisted, the Mustangs pressure is a total different animal and they are relentless. The game will come down to who imposes their style of play. If the Rockets want to be successful they have to be strong with the ball and limit turnovers and execute offensively. If the Mustangs want to leave with the Gold, they have to make it a hectic game for 32 minutes and force turnovers. Whoever plays their style has a huge upper hand. Also look for Kerwin Roach to bounce back from a tough semifinal game for the Mustangs. He leads the Mustangs in scoring, and was held without a field goal, yet his team won. That speaks volumes about the chemistry of this team. It will be an interesting game to end the high school season!!!
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