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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 now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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