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Offers flowing in to Houston-area basketball stars

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The open recruiting period in the world of showcase basketball is wide open and several Houston-area hoopers are starting to pull college offers.

So here’s the scoop…

Former Dekaney star Micah Peavy has been offered by Oklahoma. The Class of 2020 prospect has transferred to Duncanville with his father David Peavy, who is now the coach at the Dallas-area school. He also has offers from Florida and Texas A&M, to name a few.

Elkins’ Donovan Williams is an emerging Class of 2019 high-riser. He has been offered by Arizona State and Virginia Tech of late.

Morton Ranch’s LJ Cryer is killing the recruiting game. The 2020 guard has received offers from Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, St. Louis and VCU of late. He holds an offer from the University of Texas.

Foster’s Duece Fatheree is a bona fide football star. The 6-foot-8 offensive lineman is a Class of 2021 prospect with tons of pigskin offers. The University of Houston has offered Fatheree in basketball as well.

SATCH homeschooler Antoine Davis has committed to Detroit Mercy. He’s the son of Mike Davis, the former head coach of TSU, who is now the head coach at Detroit Mercy.

Former Chris Walker Academy guard Jordan Turner, who transferred to Sunrise Christian (KS), has committed to Baylor.

Milby’s 2021 guard Will Young just pulled a big offer from Houston.

Keon Edwards of Sam Rayburn 6-foot-7 rangy athlete has been offered by TCU. He’s a 2021 prospect. Sam Rayburn’s Jerrell Colbert is a 6-foot-9 Class of 2021 big man, who is getting ready to blow up. He’s been offered by Houston.

Eisenhower guard Ja’Mare Redus has been offered by Hofstra and Oral Roberts. The 2019 guard has a twin brother Ja’Mere at Ike as well.

Down the road at Fort Bend Travis is 2020 guard Justin Hill, who is starting to blow up. He has pulled offers from Lamar and New Orleans.

Private schooler Isaiah Lewis has pulled an offer from UT-Martin. He’s a 2019 guard from Lone Star.

Victory Prep’s Collin Warren has received an offer from Lamar. He’s a 2019 guard.

Concordia Lutheran’s Nathan McClure has been offered by Lamar. He was a TAPPS 6A District 3 first-teamer.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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