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VYPE hoops: Rankings after 10 days on the court

VYPE hoops: Rankings after 10 days on the court
The Yates Lions are off to a roaring start to the 2017-2018 season. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

While the football playoffs are in full swing, the basketball tournament season is full of hot games over the Thanksgiving break. There was as appetizer last week as several top-ranked squads were on the courts.

Tompkins won the McDonalds’ Tourney in Pasadena, Texas, while Eisenhower won the Aldine ISD Tourney.

Stay tuned as the VYPE Thanksgiving Classic goes down this weekend, the HoopsGiving Classic on Wednesday night and the Texas Jamboree at Episcopal over the week.

Here’s a quick early-season breakdown.

Cy Falls Eagles — Coach Flores is doing an excellent job at showing trust in his seniors, getting every player engaged and designating roles. The Eagles’ squad look as if they have been playing together though the spring, summer and fall. We all know that there are pros and cons to being in midseason form early on, but only time will tell if that will be an issue for the reigning state champs. A 2-0 start is only the beginning to a very long road to state.

Sam Houston Tigers — Coach Barreras has been fortunate to have a few key pieces enroll who have been missing in the past. This is personally my favorite Tiger team of the Kendric Davis-era. Shooters who can spread the floor, guards that get after it and versatile inside guys who can step outside and make free-throw makes this Sam Houston team a very dangerous team. Taking an early loss to Eisenhower only hurts the record but can build character and hunger that only makes things worse for the next opponent.

Tompkins Falcons — Another year and another head scratching start for one of the most talented rosters in the state. Coach Sanders takes a lot of the pressure of off the players, rightfully so, but in the end, we need to see more consistent production from the cast. CJ Washington has been their most consistent player but with an ACC and BIG12 commit on the roster teammates, evaluators, and onlookers are expecting a lot more from those guys. After a humbling loss to Cy Falls in their season opener Coach Sanders was able to rally the troops to go 5-0 to and capture The McDonalds invitational championship.

Yates — The Lions have well-seasoned seniors to go along with young poised guards. The ability to go deep into their bench and have no drop off in productivity is what makes them dangerous. The Yates press has made national waves in years past but one focal point in this year’s group is not to have any wasted possessions. Coach Wise puts great emphasis into defense and not just because it's fun to watch but because at the end of the game, the team with the most points win.

Dickinson — The Dickinson Gators certainly continue to be a team to keep an eye on throughout the winter to see if the Coach Wilson can get all of his players onto the same page. After only a few games in, the team has already suffered a few internal blows. The Gators have the ability to be a top ten program in the area for the next few years but if they do not get it together soon, they will find themselves on the bottom of the list.

College Park — One of my favorite teams in the 2017-18 season for multiple reasons, but it's disappointing that this team does not know how to win. This roster needs to find balance and make winning plays. The look offs and creating something out of nothing will lead to bad news for all. Everyone in the country knows what Grimes is capable of and the supporting cast should be able to fill in all gaps as they a very talented bunch.

Clear Lake — The Falcons had a powerful statement game in their season opener only to lose their second game to Lamar. Not a knock against Lamar, but at some point teams recognize matchup advantages and expose them. There was a lot of talk about who is the most underrated guard in the city during the Season Opener, but losing a quality head-to-head match up and giving up 40+ points does not help the argument.

Eisenhower & Morton Ranch- Both are playing very well right now but I won't jinx it. Ill hold off my comments until next time.

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1Cy FallsRolling Opponents Early On
2YatesGood Inside Out Game so Far
3DekaneyPeavy’s Looking Solid
4EisenhowerWon the Aldine Tourney
5Sam HoustonGreat Balance with Davis Leading Way
6TompkinsWon McDonalds’ Tourney in Pasadena
7BushInjury in Backcourt Could Hurt
8Clear LakeAbercrombie, Sanni are Tough
9HightowerCould They be Kings of Fort Bend
10Klein ForestNew Group Ready to Take Baton
11DickinsonAthletic at Every Position
12Morton RanchYoungsters Living Up to Hype
13LamarBynum Runs the Show
14Shadow CreekNew School Making Noise
15College ParkKU-Signee Grimes is Best in City
16DawsonEagles Could be Tough Down South
17Cy CreekCougars on Point
18Klein CollinsMontavious!
19Ridge PointCould Get FB Kids Back as Well
20KatyNot Just a Football School

 

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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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