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North Shore; Klein Forest; Yates fast-break to state

North Shore advances to Class 6A State. Via Vype

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What a wild weekend of playoff basketball.

Three teams from Houston advance to the UIL Boys State Tournament while Houston was left out of the Girls State Tournament Championships.

Jack Yates represents the lone non-6A Houston team remaining in the tournament. The Lions coasted through the Region 3 tournament to a State Semifinal matchup with Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy. The 4A Semifinal is set for Friday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. The winner will face either Decaur or Liberty Hill on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the 4A UIL State Championship.

North Shore was victorious in Saturday's 33-32 nail-biter with George Ranch in the Region 3 Championship. The Mustangs advance to face DFW powerhouse Duncanville in the 6A Semifinals on Friday. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In the other 6A semifinal, Klein Forest meets up with Cibolo Steele after the Eagles defeated DFW's Rockwall and South Garland in Region 2. The Eagles and Steele Knights will tip off after the conclusion of North Shore-Duncanville, which is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

The 6A UIL State Championship game will tip off Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


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The Texans should swing for the fences. Composite image by Jack Brame.

With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

A city that a few short weeks ago offered up mega star power across the board, has now seen James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and George Springer all depart for a variety of reasons. The impact of Deshaun leaving would be irreversible guaranteeing the Texans resting comfortably in the bottom of the AFC South for the next decade, wallowing in futility.

The saga will only intensify in two weeks should Patrick Mahomes collect another Lombard Trophy. As 2017 draft class contemporaries, Deshaun is comparing his career to #15. Another ring would place Mahomes up 2-0 in that discussion with Watson.

Perhaps the Texans should take a play from the Oilers playbook and inquire on Dabo Swinney. In the pursuit of securing the services of Warren Moon, the Oilers made a power play and secured the services of Moon's former CFL coach, Hugh Campbell. I've attended several luncheons and engagements in which Deshaun served as the keynote speaker. In many of those venues, a short video presentation would include personal greetings and feel good overtures directed to Deshaun from Dabo. The end result was Deshaun lighting up like a Christmas tree. There's a viable relationship in place there.

At the end of the day, Deshaun is a competitor. Losing DeAndre Hopkins was a major loss, but not to the degree that you might think. Deshaun still went out and threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and with a sub-par supporting cast, even pulling guys off of the practice squad in late December contests to fill out the receiving corps. The issue for Watson is trust, and culture. Hence, the recent headlines surrounding the Jets as a future home make very little sense. The Jets in 4 of their last 5 seasons have had double-digit losing seasons. Until the recent resurgence of the Browns, the Jets far and away have held the title of the "laughingstock" of the NFL.

The biggest challenge for the Texans is who could persuade Deshaun to stay? Could team President Jamey Rootes calm down the noise? It certainly won't come from Texans Ring of Honor recipient Andre Johnson. If I were Cal McNair, I would place a call to 105 Sikes Hall in Clemson, SC and ask for Dabo's office. That's as good of a place to start as any other.

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