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Written by Jim Hicks   
Monday, 26 November 2012 09:32

If you would like a DVD copy of any of the games that took place on November 21st at the "HoopsGiving Classic", send an email to Terry Burdick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at 713-772-5255.

The inaugural "HoopsGiving Classic" lived up to the hype and them some.  Each of the six games were completed with single digits margins (average of 3.83 ppg).  

The host, Second Baptist High School opened the card by erasing a double digit deficit, and punctuated it with a last second lay-up by Jay Prince to provide an impressive 57-55 win over Cleveland HS.

A highly anticipated showdown between the area's top 2 juniors delighted the audience to a thrilling double overtime finish.  Justise Winslow (33pts/ 17rebs) converted a buzzer beating lay-in to give St John's a 79-77 victory over HCYA (Home Schooled Christian Association).  Justin Jackson scored 19pts / 14rebs in the defeat. 

The third game supplied another buzzer beater.  Sophomore guard Jared Evans lifted an 8 foot floater right through the nets as Clear Springs HS rallied in the final period to hand the state's #1 ranked Class A squad, Dallas Triple A Academy their first loss of the season, 51-49.

North Shore knocked down all 14 free throw attempts and Brandon Etienne outscored the entire Westfield team (8-6) during the final eight minutes of a 53-46 clash.

Only 2 points separated South Alabama recruit Ken Williams unloaded 15 of his game high 22pts in the final period as Episcopal knocked off Westside, 63-56. 

In the nightcap, Jack Yates led by as many as 21 points, but held back a furious rally from Beaumont Ozen and capitalized on a game ending steal during the closing seconds to prevail, 80-77. 

The "HoopsGiving Classic" is poised to become a staple in the regular basketball season.  In addition to a collection of media members, and celebrity faces such as James Prince (founder of Rap A Lot Records and boxing mogul), several ex NBA faces were in the place including Merl Code, John Lucas, Rodney McCray, Mike James, TJ Ford, and Jeff Van Gundy.  They were entertained with a Thanksgiving Eve cornucopia of high school basketball talent. 

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SB - Alex Leavell 14,  Tim Williams 12,  Max Starwood (soph) 10,  Ty Dalton (soph) 10
C -   Deon Baldwin 21,  Chris Taylor  11
Note:  Second Baptist players stormed the floor after a buzzer beating lay up from Jay Prince (9pts) to complete the come from behind victory.  Cleveland led by double digits (38-26) at the break.  Second Baptist outscored Cleveland 31-19 in the second half.

ST JOHN'S  79   HCYA  77  (2 OT)
SJ -  Justise Winslow 33p/ 17r,  Kory Haywood 19,  JT Trauber 11
H -   JJ Decker 27,  TJ Rhodes 24,  Justin Jackson 19p/ 14r
Note:  This game needed two overtimes to settle.  Jackson tied the game at 77 by knocking down his only fts with :17 left in the game.  Then, Winslow dashed to the rack and hit a bucket as time expired for the win.  While all eyes were on Winslow (9/20fg, 1/2trey, 10/17ft) vs Jackson (7/16fg, 1/4trey, 2/2ft), a pair of role players stepped up and shined during the process.  Trauber heated up early for 8pts in the first quarter and knocked down 3 critical fts in the second overtime. Haywood connected on 5 treys which helped to loosen up HCYA's defense.  Decker scored 19 of his 27pts in the first half. Rhodes had arguably his best game ever, but came up short of getting the W.

CS -  Jeff Beverly 23,  Jared Evans (soph) 14
D -    Jeremiah Jefferson 18,  King McClure (soph) 17
Note:  This was the 3rd consecutive game decided by a last second basket.  With the game tied, Evans got into the teeth of the defense and knocked down the game winning floater as the clock expired.  Beverly was a beast on both ends of the floor.  West Point recruit Parker Callender managed only 2pts in the win. McClure and Jefferson combined for 35 of team's 49pts. 

N -   Jonathan Motley 17p/ 12r/ 5a,  Brandon Etienne 14,  Jalin Hart 11
W -  Wesley Iwundu 12,  Marquise Hamilton 11
Note:  Westfield led 23-9 at the end of the opening period, and only scored 23pts the remaining three quarters combined.  In the second half, Iwundu (signed with Kansas State) netted only 2pts and New Orleans recruit James Harrison hit only 3pts. North Shore hit all 14 of their ft attempts compared to Westfield's 6/11ft. 

E -   Ken Williams 22,  Jamal Williams 14,  Brandon Williams 12,  Jordan Rutherford 10
W -  Sidney Pritchett 19,   Frank Iheanacho 15
Note:  Episcopal led 40-38 at the end of the 3rd period.  Ken Williams scored 15pts in the 4th quarter.  Episcopal knocked down 22/24fts compared to 9/15 for Westside.  Westside's Robert Hatter (dnp) hand injury.

Y -  JC Washington 30p/ 12r,   Sadiq Inuwa 25,   Walnut Martin 11
BO -  Jordan Hunter (soph) 25,  Kailen Jackson 14
Note:  Yates led by nearly two dozen points, and 43-26 at the half.  Yates converted only 1 three pointer the entire night.  Ozen's Jackson scored all 14 of his points in the 3rd period.  Hunter was splendid while out-dueling Jo Jo Anderson (5pts) who was limited to only one field goal.  Ozen trailed 78-77 and had the possession with under :10 left, but a turnover led to an uncontested layin by Walnut Martin as time expired.

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