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Martinez enjoying watching former players heading to Sweet 16

When Martinez filled out his bracket he couldn't help but roll with his former players. Via Vype

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OUSTON – When David Martinez filled out his bracket last week he couldn't help but roll with his former players.

Martinez, who coached Purdue's Carsen Edwards and University of Houston's Fabian White to a state title game appearance in 2016, picked their respective teams for an eventual meeting in the Final Four.

Purdue and Houston helped keep that pick in tact this past weekend with both advancing to the Sweet 16 with wins over Villanova and Ohio State, respectively.

"There's not really a better feeling for a basketball coach to see two of your former players who I think the world of having success and doing their thing at the college level," Martinez said.

Edwards might have had the performance of the weekend.

The former Atascocita star scored a career-high 42 points against Villanova, going 12 of 21 from the field and 9 of 16 from three-point range.

Seeing that kind of performance by Edwards isn't something new for Martinez.

"I literally had flashbacks," Martinez said. "I'm watching him and all I could think of were the North Shore game his junior year and the game against Conroe, the last district game where he scored 50. When he has it going he's as good as it gets. Just watching him play the other night on that stage I was like there he goes.

"I could pretty much tell you when he has the ball in his hands when he's going up."


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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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