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Takeaways from VYPE basketball tournament

The Woodlands was scrappy. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

The VYPE Thanksgiving Tournament presented by First United Mortgage was held at The Woodlands High School and the impressive field did not disappoint.

The Klein Forest Golden Eagles took home the Championship Belt with a 75-70 win over Shadow Creek.

So what did we learn from the two-day tourney?

Klein Forest Picking Up Where They Left Off

Coach Cary Black’s crew is back. No. 10 Klein Forest has a super-short bench, but get up and down the floor quickly and everyone has the green light. When they get hot from three-point land, they can beat anyone in the city. They were hot this weekend.

Shadow Creek is Coming

The new school is ranked No. 14 already and has a pair of talented young shooters. David President leads this young team into District 23-5A and the Sharks will be lurking for a district title. They reached the finals of the tourney with an overtime win over The Woodlands.

Highlander Squad Coming Together

This is another team that lives and dies by the three-pointer. The Highlanders have fallen to highly-ranked Cy Falls, and Tompkins and Shadow Creek in overtime. They face Willis this week before heading down to Corpus Christi next week for a tourney. District 12-6A will be a battle between College Park, Lufkin and The Woodlands.

Travis will Battle in FBISD

Led by one of the top coaches in H-Town Craig Brownson, Travis is in good hands. The Tigers looked physical against a tough Hastings squad. Their inside-outside game is led by a few experienced returners.

Gambrell Can Score from Anywhere

Madison star and Western Kentucky-signee, Jeremiah Gambrell, can score from all over the court. He showed up in the second-quarter of the first game of the tourney, and displayed tremendous handles. He can also get his three-point shot off from anywhere and any distance.

 

ALL-TOURNEY TEAM

MVP – Kharee McDaniel, Klein Forest

D’Angelo Smith, Klein Forest

Calvin Soloman, Klein Forest

Kenan Mitchell, Shadow Creek

Tyron Henry, Shadow Creek

KeSean Carter, The Woodlands

Romello Wilbert, The Woodlands

Connor Castens, FM Marcus

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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