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Cy Falls: Houston’s best chance to get to state. @cyfallshs

Originally appeared on Vype.com

That’s a wrap. The 2018 hoop season is a virtual wrap as we are on the eve of the playoffs.

The regulars jam up the Top 5 with Cy Falls, Dekaney, Sam Houston, Clear Lake and Bush leading the way most of the season.

So who are the other teams who have legit chances are reaching state? Yates for sure in Class 4A. Dekaney, Klein Forest, Klein Oak, The Woodlands and College Park will battle in Class 6A Region II, while Region III will be a blood bath. Class 5A is a big of a toss-up with Shadow Creek and Elkins coming out of District 23-5A and Humble in 21-5A.

It’s going to be fun, but let’s see how all the district titles shake out this week.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13TH

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1Cy FallsHouston’s Best Chance to Get to State
2DekaneyEpps is a Difference-Maker
3Sam HoustonCan They Do it For Kendric?
4Clear LakeRegion III Sleeper
5BushSenior Heavy
6Yates12-0 Going into Postseason
7EisenhowerJust Behind Dekaney in District
8Shadow CreekYoung and Hungry
9Tompkins1st Ever District Title
10WestsideFell to Power Sam Houston
11DickinsonWinning Through Adversity
12Morton RanchMavs Trying to Hold Onto Second
13Elkins7 Straight District Wins
14Deer ParkSurprisingly Consistent
15Klein ForestCoach Black Got 400th Win
16Strake JesuitCould be Sneaky in the Postseason
17HightowerRocky Road
18Klein OakBest Comeback Story in HTown
19AtascocitaKobe Wilson Playing Well
20College ParkQ and the Crew Beat TWHS

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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