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Holiday tournament slate gives peek into postseason; plus rankings

Klein Forest is climbing the rankings. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday break, there were some premier high school hoops tourneys including the VYPE Tourney, the annual RCS Sports “Hoopsgiving” and Nelson Brand Sports held its annual Texas Jamboree.

THE HOOPSGIVING

Cy Falls vs San Antonio Wagner

A rematch of the 2017 state championship game. Cy Falls came out looking to prove once again that they are still the team that they were a year ago. The Golden Eagles pulled off an impressive 72-60 victory and there were moments in the game were they simply dominated.

Katy Tompkins vs Austin Westlake

Very few times are will there be so much talent on the floor in a single public high school game. Westlake featured Brock Cunningham (UT), Keonte Kennedy (Xavier), Matthew Mayer (Baylor) and Will Baker (2019 ESPN #15), which brought the Tompkins five-game win string to a haltering stop. Tompkins once again struggled to find a rhythm and ability to put the ball in the whole.

Concordia Lutheran vs Silsbee

This match was one of the most anticipated games of the day — your typical public/private school rivalry. Concordia (17-0) at the time, while Silsbee was yet to play their first game. The talented Lutheran squad made big shot after big shot, but the defending 5A state champs weren’t going away as easily as some had predicted. In the end, the Crusaders walked away with an 87-79 win.

TEXAS JAMBOREE

Morton Ranch vs Dallas Lancaster

A match between a couple of tough 2020 guards LJ Cryer from Morton Ranch and Mike Myles of Lancaster. Lancaster pulled out a 72-60 win because of a strong defensive game plan for Cryer. Big-man Eddie Lampkin played strong finishing with 13 pts and 9 rebs.

Episcopal vs Lamar

The Episcopal Knights pulled off a great win against a talented Lamer squad. DJ Edgar along with Adam Kanafani led the young and talented Knights against a well-seasoned Lamar team. Episcopal has started its season 5-1, while Lamar has suffered back-to-back losses.

Dekaney vs FB Bush

Bush had no answer for Dekaney’s Malcolm Epps, who has been playing at an extremely high level for the Wildcats. Epp’s production helped lead his team to a 53-47 victory. Dekaney is on a mission to prove that they are the area’s top team and will look to win the KISD Conoco Phillips Classic later this week.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27TH

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1Cy FallsRolling Opponents Early On
2DekaneyEpps brings Toughness
3Sam HoustonDavis Runs the Show
4EisenhowerTwin Power Activate
5YatesStill Power Program in HTown
6TompkinsStill Finding Rotation
7Klein ForestShort Bench; Fun Style of Play
8BushWill Come Together
9Clear LakeCould be Surprise come Playoffs
10DickinsonTaking Lumps Early
11HightowerCould They be Kings of Fort Bend
12Shadow CreekGreat Balance; Great Shooters
13LamarTough Preseason Sked
14Ridge PointAthletic and Playing Well
15College ParkPlayed well in Illinois
16Cy CreekEagles Could be Tough Down South
17Morton RanchYoung Guns Starting to Roll
18KatyNot Just a Football School
19Cy RanchSolid Squad in CFISD
20TravisLooked Good at VYPE Tourney

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