High school hoops: Halfway home 20-24 5A

High school hoops: Halfway home 20-24 5A
January 18, 2013, 11:15 am
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20-5A    This is one of the few districts with an honest to God battle for the top spot. Westside and Bellaire face each other for the first time Friday night and both head into the game undefeated in district play. The Wolves are led by Robert Hatter and his 16.3 points per game, while Bellaire follows the lead of Jarren Greenwood. Both teams have a few losses on their record but they’re to respectable teams. Dekaney and Yates for Westside, Dekaney and San Antonio Clark for Bellaire. The other two playoff spots appear to be down to a three team race between Madison, Lamar and Westbury.

21-5A    North Shore has worked its way to the midpoint of district play on a roll. Only one district opponent has kept within 10 points of the Mustangs, who are unranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll despite a 22-3 record. Jonathan Motley has paced North Shore so far, pouring in 19.3 points per game. Channelview seems to have a solid grip on the second spot in the district, while a scrum of Port Arthur Memorial, Beaumont Westbrook, La Porte and Baytown Sterling are fighting over the last two playoff berths.

22-5A    Manvel knocked off Pearland in its first year of football in 5A, but if the Mavericks wish to duplicate that on the hardwood they’re going to have to rally. The Oilers topped Manvel 44-42 , in Manvel, on Tuesday to take control of the race for the district title. Manvel is still the team that is getting some love from the state polls with its 24-3 record, though, which has the Mavericks sitting at No. 23. Once you get past the top two, the trio of Pasadena Memorial, Dobie and South Houston are left scrambling for the final two playoff spots.

23-5A    From the start of the season, and really for the last few years, this has been the glamour district for the Houston area. Home to Fort Bend Travis, and the Kentucky bound Harrison twins, this district has produced Region III’s champion for the past three seasons (Bush 2010, Hightower 2011 and Travis in 2012). This was supposed to be a romp, a tough romp, but a romp none the less for the Tigers through district on its way to another state tournament berth. But somebody forgot to tell the Bush Broncos, who stunned Travis last week to take control of the district. Both teams are now in the top 10 of the state polls (Bush is 6th, Travis 7th), though Travis is down from the top spot it held at the start of the season. Like the battle at the top of the district, the race for the final two playoff spots will likely go down to the wire as well. One game separates Dulles, Clements, Austin and Elkins so far.

24-5A    Clear Brook didn’t give much indication that it was going to be much of a factor in the playoff race, let alone a district title at the start of the season. The Wolverines lost their first five games of the season, but have turned it around since to take sole possession of 24-5A’s top spot. Clear Falls, Clear Creek, Clear Springs or Clear Lake could all overtake Clear Brook before the district race is all said and done. All four teams are just one game behind the Wolverines in the loss column.