The Playoff Push
PLAYOFF CENTRAL: UIL Boys Basketball Regional Quarterfinals previews
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.
6A REGION II REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS
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
CLASS 6A REGION III QUARTERFINALS MATCHUPS
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.
CLASS 5A REGION III QUARTERFINALS MATCHUPS
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.
CLASS 5A REGION IV QUARTERFINALS MATCHUPS
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.