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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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On Wednesday, the sports world inside Houston went ballistic after Daryl Morey signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers to become their new President of Basketball Operations. After Morey signed with the 76ers, Tilman Fertitta and Rockets new GM Rafael Stone decided on the Houston Rockets next head coach, which is Stephen Silas. Could Morey and Fertitta be playing chess?

It was reported that the 76ers' office was in contact with Morey after his departure from the Rockets. When leaving the Rockets, Fertitta told Tim MacMahon of ESPN that Morey wanted to go to the Eastern Conference. Now that Morey is with the 76ers, he could possibly be looking to trade for James Harden. Bringing Harden to the 76ers could open a better pathway to the NBA Finals.

Stephen A. Smith believes Harden is the key piece to pair with Joel Embiid for a Finals appearance. Morey has pulled off countless trades for the Rockets' organization so his negotiation skills are not in question.

"I'm Daryl Morey, the first thing I'm trying to do is get [James] Harden to become a [Philadelphia] 76er," as Smith told co-host Max Kellerman on ESPN's First Take. "Even if it means trading Ben Simmons."

Although 76er fans would get excited about Harden coming to Philly, Stone and Fertitta shut the idea down. As MacMahon reported that it would be a hard no from the Rockets' front office. Honestly, it's a wise decision that the Rockets hold on to Harden, as he has three more years left on his contract. MacMahon explained more of the reasoning on why the Rockets are cashing in on Harden's prime on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast.

"What I can say is right now the Rockets are 100 percent committed to cash in on [James] Harden's prime," as MacMahon told Woj on his podcast. "They consider him the best player in the league."

Keeping an eye on Fertitta and Morey's relationship is critical because of their past rapport. Fertitta did mention to MacMahon that they will keep in touch when it comes to strategizing towards the Finals. So it won't come as a surprise if a trade happens between the Rockets and 76ers at a later time.

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