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Playoff central: UIL boys basketball playoffs bi-district results

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Originally appeared on Vype.com

 

HOUSTON  – We are officially rolling in the 2018 UIL Boys Basketball playoffs and what a first round it was.

There was a highlight, SportsCenter Top Play dunk by Klein Oak’s Tyler Hudson, there were first-ever playoff victories for programs like Shadow Creek, Tompkins and Foster. Then there were the teams we figured would get the first-round victories like defending champion Cy Falls.

Below VYPE has gathered up basketball scores from around the Houston area for Class 5A and Class 6A boys basketball in the bi-district round and showdowns for the area round.

CLASS 6A – REGION II  BI-DISTRICT RESULTS 

College Park 71, North Mesquite 67

Rockwall-Heath 83, Oak Ridge 54

Dekaney 61, Spring Woods 50

Klein Forest 63, Westfield 62

The Woodlands 56, Longview 43

Klein Oak 80, Spring 72

Eisenhower 71, Memorial 60

6A REGION II AREA ROUND SHOWDOWNS & PREDICTIONS

College Park vs Dallas Jesuit – TBA

College Park’s Q Grimes (Kansas-commit), who is coming off a triple-double performance (14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) will have their hands full against Dallas Jesuit, who has a balanced attack. Blakemore and Scott must come up big to help the Cavs advance. It won’t be enough as Dallas Jesuit advances.

Dekaney vs Westwood – Friday at 6 p.m. at Brenham

The Wildcats are nice. The Peavy brothers and Epps are talented and just do the little things right. Dekaney didn’t play tremendous against Spring Woods but will advance to the regional tourney.

Klein Forest vs McNeil – TBA 

It’s hard to say about this game. Klein Forest struggled against rival Westfield. If the Eagles are hot for the three-point line, they are tough to beat. But they have to be hot. VYPE forecasts the Eagles to get by McNeil.

The Woodlands vs Pearce – Friday at 8 p.m. at Fairfield HS

This is a game of differing styles. The Highlanders do it with guards Wilbert, Carter and Stubbs. TWHS stretches the court with great three-point range and pushes the ball up court. Pearce leans of 6-foot-11 post Drew Timme, who has offers from the likes of Baylor and Purdue to Gonzaga and USC. So do guards or posts win games? VYPE says guard and The Woodands.

Klein Oak vs Pflugerville – Friday at 6 p.m. at Hearne HS

The Panthers of Klein Oak have enjoyed an historic season, winning a postseason game for the first time in 24 years. But can they get to the second round? The ride ends here as Pflugerville gets it done.

Eisenhower vs Hendrickson – TBA 

The Eagles soar as the Redus twins play. Can they do it against versus a tough Hendrickson squad? Ike pushes the ball and will outrun Hendrickson. 

CLASS 6A REGION III BI-DISTRICT RESULTS 

Bush 69,  Seven Lakes 51

Lamar 58, Cy Creek 56

Tompkins 81, Ridge Point 59

Cy Springs 55, Westside 52

Clear Lake 70, Hastings 63

North Shore 56, South Houston 47

Dawson 65, Clear Springs 58

Deer Park 75, Goose Creek Memorial 65

Sam Houston 86, Cy Woods 62

Morton Ranch 64, Travis 62

Cypress Falls 70, Bellaire 54

Hightower 63, Strake Jesuit 56

Channelview 59, West Brook 46

Pearland 54, Clear Creek 49

Atascocita 80, Dobie 49

Alief Taylor 54, Dickinson 52 (OT)

CLASS 6A REGION III AREA ROUND SHOWDOWNS & PREDICTIONS

Fort Bend Bush vs Lamar – Friday at 7:30 p.m.  at Don Coleman Colesium

Prediction: This is a great showdown between two really good basketball programs in the City of Houston. Expect this one to be a classic and Bush Broncos walk away with the win.

Tompkins vs Cypress Springs – Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cinco Ranch HS

Prediction: Tompkins is full of talent and finally it paid off in the playoffs with the program’s first-ever playoff victory. Now can they do it again? Cypress Springs is coming off a close win against Westside but won’t have enough to stop Slojund (Georgia Tech signee) and Bieniemy (Oklahoma signee). Tompkins wins again.

Clear Lake vs North Shore – Friday at 7 p.m. at Pearland HS

Prediction: Clear Lake’s Ajare Sanni and Riley Abercrombie’s scoring will be too much for North Shore to handle.

Dawson vs Deer Park – Friday at 7 p.m. at South Houston HS

Prediction: Deer Park is coming off its first playoff win since 2010. The Deer have  a lot of momentum coming into this one. Dawson had to hold off Clear Springs in a close one. Senior Tristan Ipke had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Deer Park in their win and will keep it rolling in Round 2. Deer win.

Sam Houston vs Morton Ranch – TBA

Prediction: Sam Houston is the team not a lot of people talk about. This is going to be a battle of guards and will be fun to watch. Kendric Davis (TCU signee) faces off against LJ Cryer. Cryer is on his way up as a sophomore and is about to get a lot of attention. Davis has the upperhand because of his experience and a better supporting cast. Sam Houston gets the dub.

Cypress Falls vs Fort Bend Hightower – Friday at 6 p.m. at Don Coleman Colesium

Prediction: Cypress Falls has too much firepower as the defending Class 6A State Champs. Nigel Hawkins, the 2017 VYPE Boys Basketball Player of the Year, led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the win against Bellaire. Trejan Wesley had 17 points and Andrew Nguyen had 13 points. This is too much to stop. Cy Falls wins big again.

Channelview vs Pearland – Friday at 7 p.m. at Deer Park HS

Prediction: Channelview shocked the Class 6A world on Tuesday. The Falcons upset the District 22-6A Champions Beaumont Westbrook. Westbrook was 14-0 in District 22-6A and had only lost three games all season long. Channelview the play-in No. 4 seed from 21-6A upsets them and beats them by 13. Pearland beat Clear Creek to get to the second round. Javonne Lowery and Ovidio Perez will be too much to handle though for Channelview as the duo averages double digits per game.

Atascocita vs Alief Taylor – Friday at 8 p.m. at Phillips Field House

Prediction: Alief Taylor is coming off a big win against District 24-6A Champion Dickinson in overtime. Their runs ends against a very deep Atascocita team. Multiple times this season David Martinez has praised the play of his bench. This is what will carry the Eagles to yet another playoff win.

CLASS 5A – REGION III BI-DISTRICT RESULTS

Tomball vs Rouse
Result: Rouse defeats Tomball 64-45

Madison vs Manvel
Result: Madison defeats Manvel 92-71

Crosby vs Ozen
Result: Ozen wins 41-32

Elkins vs Milby
Result: Elkins defeats Milby 66-55

Central vs Porter
Result: Central defeats Porter 86-82 in Overtime

Willis vs Pflugerville Connally
Result: 
Pflugerville Connally defeats Willis 67-53

Magnolia vs Cedar Park
Result: Magnolia defeats Cedar Park 72-65

Port Arthur Memorial vs Barbers Hill
Result: Port Arthur Memorial defeats Barbers Hill 73-54

Shadow Creek vs Sterling
Result: Shadow Creek beats Sterling 92-67

Humble vs Nederland
Result: Humble wins 45-44

Furr vs Texas City
Result: Texas City defeats Furr 59-46

CLASS 5A REGION III AREA ROUND MATCHUPS & PREDICTIONS

Madison vs Beaumont Ozen – Friday at 7 p.m. at Baytown Sterling HS

Prediction: Beaumont Ozen is a basketball power and will roll past Madison

FB Elkins vs Beaumont Central – Friday at 7 p.m. at Goose Creek Memorial HS

Prediction: Donovan Williams is coming off a big 22 point, 6 rebound game for Elkins but he won’t be enough to get Elkins past Central.

Magnolia vs Whitehouse – Friday at 7 p.m. at Crockett HS

Prediction: Jackson Moffatt is having a wild season. The senior scored 32 points in the Bulldogs’ first round victory, behind him was Evan Palmquist with 17 points. Magnolia rides Moffatt and Palmquist to the Regional Quarters.

Port Arthur Memorial vs Shadow Creek – Friday at 7 p.m. at La Porte HS

Prediction: Shadow Creek has been here all season and we’ve been waiting for them to hit the playoffs. The Sharks have done that and are still rolling.

Humble vs Texas City – Friday at 7 p.m. at Phillips Field House

Prediction: Humble keeps the good times rolling and moves on

CLASS 5A REGION IV BI-DISTRICT ROUND RESULTS & AREA MATCHUPS

Bi-District Result: Foster defeated Brackenridge 90-69
Area Matchup: Foster vs Boerne Champion

Bi-District Result: Angleton defeated Jefferson 67-50
Area Matchup: Angleton vs Alamo Heights

Bi-District Result: Terry defeated John F Kennedy 70-56
Area Matchup: Terry vs Dripping Springs

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Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March. Photo via: NRG Park/Facebook

Football players, coaches and general managers have come and gone, but only one person has been running the business side of the Texans, well, even before they were the Texans. Jamey Rootes has been President of the Houston Texans since 1999, when an NFL team in Houston was still just a gleam in owner Bob McNair's eyes. That's before the team adopted the name "Texans" in 2000, before there was NRG Stadium, which opened as Reliant Stadium in 2000, and before they became serial champs of the AFC South, six titles between 2011-2019.

The precise date was Oct. 6, 1999 when NFL owners voted 29-0 to award the NFL's 32nd and newest franchise to Houston. Not only that, Houston was awarded the 2004 Super Bowl. Rootes, 34 years old with no NFL experience, had his work cut out for him. Before taking the job in Houston, Rootes was team president, general manager and CEO of selling peanuts and popcorn for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer, with all due respect, is not nearly a national obsession like the National Football League.

"I wasn't intimidated," Rootes said. "There's a quote that I love, 'Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.' I've always been a purpose-driven person. As for the step up to the NFL, I went from knowing nothing at the start of my time in Columbus to five years later thinking, OK, I've got this sports thing down. Actually, I had a very significant reduction in my responsibilities in Houston. When I was in Columbus, I ran the stadium, I ran the team's business, I was the general manager so I did the talent side of it, too. When I came to Houston, all I had to do was the business, so that was great."

Rootes has captured his remarkable journey from the soccer team at Clemson to grad school at Indiana University to the business world at IBM and Proctor & Gamble to the Clemson Crew, to ultimately being named President of the Houston Texans in his new book, The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success, available next week.

I've known Rootes from his day one with the Texans, but I still had to ask: everybody knows what the general manager does, and what the head coach does. What exactly does the President of an NFL team worth $3.3 billion do?

"I like to use the parallel of a pharmaceutical company to describe my job. There are two sides to that company. First you put scientists in one building and you leave them alone. They create products, which is what our football team is. The football side has a coach and general manager and all the people who prepare the team to play on Sunday. But getting that product to market is done by the business side, traditional business disciplines. Those are the things that fall to me. Basically, everything between the white lines is run by the football side. Everything outside of those lines, I do," Rootes said.

Between 1999 and 2002, when the Texans played their first game (let the record show the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboy, 19-10), the team was essentially a massive start-up project. First orders of business for Rootes involved building a new stadium, developing relationships with suppliers, contractors and government officials, preparing for a Super Bowl and, most important, developing a relationship with fans.

Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March, but it's really an accumulation of lessons learned and behind-the-scenes stories about building the Texans from scratch into one of the most admired and valuable franchises in all of sports.

"I've always been a meticulous note-taker. I've kept every presentation I've ever done. I took all of my notes and concepts and put those down on paper," Rootes said. "To be a good leader, you need a wild imagination. You can show me a blank piece of paper, but I don't see it as blank. To me, it's a finished product that hasn't been created yet," Rootes said.

Rootes lays out his leadership strategy in seven chapters: Are You a Manager or a Leader, Get the Right People on Your Team, Build a Winning Culture, Create Raving Fans, a Winning Playbook for Adversity and Success, Your Leadership Playbook and Play to Win.

He learned lesson No. 1 the hard way. A friend once counseled Rootes, "your staff doesn't like the way you're all up in their business, you need to back off." Rootes took that advice to heart.

"It was an epiphany. I wasn't a leader. That's when I truly began thinking about leadership. I say this all the time, I don't do anything. All I do is create an environment where exceptional people can be their very best self. I know what's going on. I'm fully informed. I leave every game day exhausted. I get there early. I do the things I need to do. I kiss babies. I shake hands. I present checks. I entertain clients. I'm dialed in. It absolutely wears me out because I love this organization so much. I am so proud of what we've been able to do for this great city of Houston."

I asked Rootes, as someone who lives for Game Day and a packed NRG Stadium, are you devastated by 2020, the year of COVID-19 and small crowds limited by Centers for Disease Control guidelines?

"I don't look at it that way. I think there's a song by 10,000 Maniacs that said, these are the days that you'll remember. I told my staff, I know you're all going through hell right now, but later on in life, you'll talk about this year. Things that are important are memorable, for the positive and those things that leave a scar. You learn from adversity and you're a better person for enduring it. Victor Frankl said 'We can discover meaning in life in three different ways, by creating a work or doing a deed, experiencing something or encountering someone, and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.' Suffering is part of life. He should know, he survived a Nazi concentration camp," Rootes said.

H-E-B President Scott McClelland wrote the forward to The Winning Game Plan. Rootes dedicates the book to late Texans owner Bob McNair. Rootes' book is a fun read. All I kept thinking was, where was this book when I needed it? And before you buy too much into Rootes as a leader, consider that Rootes admits that he had to ask for wife Melissa's permission before he could accept the Texans job.

Personal note: I believe that a big part of leadership is the ability to keep a promise. Several years ago, I was riding my bicycle with my dog Lilly on a leash. It was the only way I could keep up with her. Well, one time Lilly saw a squirrel and pulled me off my bicycle. I tumbled a few times and rolled next to the curb. When I looked up, there was Jamey Rootes. I told him, "There's no need for you to tell anybody about this." He never said a word.

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