The Playoff Push

PLAYOFF CENTRAL: UIL Boys Basketball Regional Quarterfinals previews

PLAYOFF CENTRAL: UIL Boys Basketball Regional Quarterfinals previews
Alief Taylor takes on Pearland

HOUSTON – The UIL Boys Basketball Playoffs are coming down to the wire and tickets to San Antonio will be punched by this weekend.

Monday and Tuesday’s action across the city of Houston will set up the Region III-6A Tournament, which will be hosted at the Berry Center, and the Region III-5A Tournament, which will be hosted at Delmar Fieldhouse.

So who makes it to the regional tournaments? Does Cy Falls continue its quest for a second-straight title? Does Humble continue its run in Class 5A?

Check out our predictions for the games.


No. 4 Dekaney vs No. 21 Klein Forest – Monday – 7 p.m. – Delmar Fieldhouse

Prediction: Dekaney is a force to be reckoned with. The Peavy brothers are flying around and Malcolm Epps has been almost unstoppable. This team has four players averaging in double digits in scoring. Epps is nearly averaging a double double. Epps is coming off a 24-point, 18-rebound outing against Round Rock Westwood in the area round. For Klein Forest, Kharee McDaniel has been Mr. Consistent the last two games, scoring 12 and 19 points, respectively. Dekaney is too much to handle though – Wildcats move on to Regional Tournament. 

Pflugerville vs Eisenhower – Tuesday – 6 p.m. – Bryan HS

Prediction: The Redus brothers are the ones that make this Big Ike machine churn out win after win. In their last win Sam Schrader had 15 points, Ja’Mare Redus chipped in 14 points and  Ja’Mere Resus had 12 points. This is a group that can keep it rolling. Pflugerville comes in after a nail-biting 65-64 win against playoff surprise Klein Oak. The Redus brothers will be tough to stop for Pflugerville – Eisenhower advances


Fort Bend Bush vs Tompkins – Monday – 7 p.m. – Seven Lakes HS

Prediction: Tompkins never had won a playoff game in program history before this season. Now the Falcons are quickly opening some eyes in the postseason for the first time with a loaded roster of college talent. Tompkins needed a last-second layup from Jamal Bieniemy (Oklahoma signee) to get past Cypress Springs. Now on the other side is a very motivated Fort Bend Bush team. Led by Hall of Fame coach Ronnie Courtney and future division one star PJ Byrd (VCU) the Broncos are on the cusp of a second-straight trip to the Regional Tournament. As much talent is on Tompkins, Bush is destined to return to the Regional Tournament and maybe even line up a rematch with Class 6A State Champ Cy Falls. 

Clear Lake vs Deer Park – Tuesday – 7 p.m. – La Porte HS

Prediction: Deer Park is definitely a surprise in these playoffs. After not winning a playoff game in nine years, the Deer are into the Regional Quarterfinals for the first time in 40 years. Now they will get one of their biggest tests in Clear Lake. Led by Ajare Sanni’s 23 points per game, the Falcons are a team that failed to reach the second round last year but are motivated to make a deep run this year. Clear Lake has too much firepower for the Deer to stop. 

Sam Houston vs Cy Falls – Tuesday – 6 p.m. – Delmar Fieldhouse

Prediction: Time for the first really big bold prediction of the playoffs … wait for it …. Sam Houston will beat Cy Falls. Now before you hurl your computer across the room because of this, the Golden Eagles are coming into this game without DJ Weaver. Weaver is done for the season after being injured earlier in the playoffs. Weaver was averaging 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. That is a lot of production to replace. Cy Falls does have the pieces to do this, including VYPE 2017 Boys Basketball Player of the Year Nigel Hawkins, who is averaging 17.9 ppg, also Kendall Scott and on and on. The loss of Weaver is big though. Here is why Sam Houston will win – Kendric Davis. Davis is averaging 22.8 points per game and is followed by Marlon Jackson’s 13.4 ppg. This is a rematch of last season’s Regional Quarterfinal, which Cypress Falls won by six (63-57). This year will be different, Sam Houston gets it revenge and walks away with a win. 

Pearland vs Alief Taylor – Tuesday – 7 p.m. – FBISD Hopson Fieldhouse

Prediction: Alief Taylor has had to get through District 24-6A Champion Dickinson and District 21-6A Champion Atascocita to get to this point. The Lions are roaring in the playoffs and are coming into this meeting with Pearland with a lot of confidence. Javonne Lowery and Ovidio Perez will be key, the two combined for 22 points in the last win against Channelview. Mike Adelabu had 12 points in the Lions’ last win. Looking at both of these teams the playoff resume is better than Pearland’s …. VYPE is rolling with the Lions. 


Port Arthur Memorial vs Humble – Tuesday – 7:30 p.m. – Delmar Fieldhouse

Prediction: Humble is coming in with a balanced attack. This Wildcats bench is so deep that Lair Crawford can go to it anytime. Kendrick Washington is the stable piece of the offense averaging 13-15 points per game. Humble is in the Regional Quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. Port Arthur Memorial is a tough opponent though. The Titans are ranked No. 4 in the State of Texas and Thailan Wesley will be hard to stop. Outside of him the Titans have a lot of size to go down low, Port Arthur Memorial has nine players north of six foot, including three 6-foot-5 players. The Titans are making their fourth trip to the Regional Quarterfinals and are back for vengence after losing to Fort Bend Marshall 63-62 last season. Port Arthur Memorial will keep it rolling and head to the Regional Tournament for the first time ever since the school opened in 2002. 

Fort Bend Elkins vs Madison – Tuesday – 7 p.m. – FBISD Wheeler Fieldhouse

Prediction: Fort Bend Elkins takes this one over Madison, which is a one-man show withe Jeremiah Gambrell (Western Kentucky commit). Donovan Williams will be too much to stop for Madison. Elkins has more to work with, including overall length, than Madison and hence will win this one.  


Alamo Heights vs Terry – Tuesday – 7 p.m. – Goliad Event Center

Prediction: Terry is putting together its best season since its 2013 state title run and this year could be another memorable one but a tough Alamo Heights is in the way. Alamo Heights is fueled by Evan Carcanagues who is averaging 19.2 points per game and 9 rebounds per night. Behind him is Brandon Johnson at 11.9 points per game. This Alamo Heights team will be too much to stop for Terry. 

Foster vs LBJ Austin – Tuesday – 7 p.m. – Bryan Rudder HS

Prediction: Foster continues to make history behind the father-son combo of Reuben and Deuce Fatheree. As a freshman Deuce is averaging 13.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game and is helping out junior standout Tayvion Fisher who is averaging 17.1 points per game. This combo will be too much for LBJ Austin to stop and the Falcons soar into the Regional Tournament. 

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Houston Astros (22-28, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (21-31, fourth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26 strikeouts); Athletics: Ross Stripling (1-8, 5.19 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 32 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Astros -170, Athletics +142; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at home against the Houston Astros on Friday.

Oakland has a 21-31 record overall and a 12-14 record in home games. The Athletics have hit 65 total home runs to rank third in the AL.

Houston is 22-28 overall and 8-13 in road games. The Astros have a 13-4 record in games when they did not allow a home run.

The teams match up Friday for the fifth time this season. The Astros lead the season series 4-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Rooker has 11 home runs, 17 walks and 32 RBI while hitting .286 for the Athletics. Max Schuemann is 12-for-35 with a double and two RBI over the past 10 games.

Kyle Tucker leads Houston with 17 home runs while slugging .638. Alex Bregman is 9-for-38 with three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 2-8, .225 batting average, 5.25 ERA, outscored by 27 runs

Astros: 7-3, .272 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Athletics: Esteury Ruiz: 10-Day IL (wrist), Darell Hernaiz: 60-Day IL (ankle), Alex Wood: 15-Day IL (rotator cuff), Paul Blackburn: 15-Day IL (foot), Joseph Boyle: 15-Day IL (back), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (hip), Luis Medina: 60-Day IL (knee), Sean Newcomb: 60-Day IL (knee), Aledmys Diaz: 60-Day IL (calf), Miguel Andujar: 10-Day IL (knee), Ken Waldichuk: 60-Day IL (elbow), Trevor Gott: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Astros: Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Urquidy: 15-Day IL (forearm), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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