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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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