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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 gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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