As the Memorial Day weekend GASO's brackets start to take shape, TexasHoops.com's Lyndon Cook takes a look at standout games from Pool play of day one and two.
Texas Impact 4:13 67 YIIS/Texas Future 62
Texas Impact 4:13 narrowly edged YIIS/Texas Future in a meeting of two of the top teams in the region. While Future had the size advantage on the inside, Impact's Marcus Hill (Jesuit 2018) exploded for 21 to own the perimeter for his team. Xavier Bryant (Greenhill 2018) shook off a cold first half to finish with 12, and Jaylen Walker (Allen 2018) tallied 8 in the win. Waxahachie's 2018 prospect Mar'Qualen Grant set the tone for Future, turning in a 15-point game including a pair of triples. The twin towers look of Ousmane Ndim and Charles Bassey (both St. Anthony's) had a considerable size advantage in the post and went for 8 a piece, but just couldn't overcome Impact's hot shooting.
Urban DFW Elite 80 Basketball University 17's Silver 50
Urban DFW started the game off in top gear, racing out to lead by 28 at the break before coasting to a 30-point win. Kaden Archie (Midlothian 2018) proved why he's receiving top 5 buzz, running the show for Urban DFW in a masterful 13-point outing. RJ Mason (Desoto 2018) led Urban with 17, while Braden Bell (Rowlett 2018) scored 12. Jalon Clark (Houston Christian 2018) was high point in the game with 20, as teammate Sunny Ozoh (Christian Life 2018) put up 11 for Basketball U in the loss.
Nike Pro Skills Black 70 HD Toros Elite 45
Jadyn Bennett (Frisco Liberty 2018) got off to a hot start at the Memorial Day GASO, pouring in 14 of his team high 17 in the first half as Nike Pro Skills Black handled HD Toros Elite in their pool matchup. Matthew Eischeik (Prestonwood 2018) added 10, while the rest of the offensive output was spread pretty evenly amongst the team. Noah Rodriguez (SA Christian 2018) of Toros can really play, hitting 5 threes as part of a 17-point game. Isaiah Vargas (Lanier 2017) finished with 8 in the loss.
Texas Elite 17U-Mitch 63 YGC36 Elite 57
Kristopher Dixon (Dawson 2018) tore YGC36 apart from the outside, hitting 6 threes as part of a 22-point game in a 6-point win for Texas Elite. At one point Dixon hit 3 consecutive threes to stretch the Texas Elite lead to 20, before YGC36 responded with a run to make things interesting. David Nickell (Atascocita 2018) and Kyle Matthews (Dawson 2018) helped out with 13 and 10 respectively.
YGC36 didn't wake up on the offensive end until a good way through the second half, and by then it was too late for even their vaunted scorers to pull off a comeback. Grant Sherfield (North Crowley 2019) hit 19, while Hunter Whitcher (Trinity 2018) went for 10 and Isaac Likekele (Mansfield Timberview) scored 9.
Texas Impact 4:13 66 Lone Star Elite 57
Texas Impact used a complete team performance to overcome the challenge from Lone Star Elite by a score of 66-57. Samuel Williamson (Rockwall 2018) posted 14 points in a do-it-all performance, while Xavier Bryant (Greenhill 2018) and Marcus Hill (Jesuit 2018) continued to perform at high levels, going for 14 and 13 respectively. Lone Star Elite was led by Vincent Lee (Midlothian 2018) with 18, who has really filled out and looks to be on the rise this spring. Cleburne's Addison Wallace (2018) scored 14 for his team in the loss.
Urban DFW Elite 64 Centex Lockdown Elite 43
Urban DFW Elite continued to display top form in their second game of the Memorial Day GASO, knocking off Centex Lockdown Elite to move to 2-0 on the tournament. Kennedy Milton (Dallas Lincoln 2018) might not be blowing up the stat sheet, but he has looked the part so far as one of DFW's top guards in his class. Milton would finish with 7, as Kaden Archie (Midlothian 2018) and RJ Mason (Desoto 2018) played well yet again, combining for 27 in the win. Lockdown Elite never really got going on the offensive end, with Dre Green (Hays 2018) and Luke Hamilton (Lake Travis 2018) leading the way with 7 each.
YIIS/Texas Future 77 Lone Star Elite 38
After missing both games on Saturday, Larry Wise (Waxahachie 2018) came out with a point to prove on Sunday, dropping 20 as his Texas Future team dominated from start to finish in a win over Lone Star Elite. Charles Bassey (St. Anthony's 2019) demanded the ball on the block all game long and simply battered whoever Lone Star put on him into submission by posting up hard once he got near the lane. Bassey ended up with 10, while Chris Mullins (Mansfield Timberview) got it going to post a 13 point game. Lone Star struggled for offense all game long against Texas Future's tough interior defense, and were led by Vincent Lee (Midlothian 2018) and Laquan Butler (Lancaster 2018) who combined for 20 in the loss.
Texas D1 Houston 69 Texas Impact 4:13 68 F/2OT
Luke Pluymen (Austin Westlake 2018) was good on both free throws with 1.4 seconds left in double overtime to give Texas D1 Houston the victory in what was the game of the tournament so far. Marcus Hill (Jesuit 2018) must have thought he had clinched the win for Texas Impact, canning a three to put his team up by 2 as time was set to expire in the first period of extra time. However, officials awarded D1 Houston a timeout and went back and put additional time on the board, which allowed Simeon Soname (Shadow Creek 2018) to latch on to a Hail Mary pass and tie the game at the buzzer. Soname finished the game with 18, while frontcourt partner Jayden Martinez (Steele 2018) impressed yet again with a game high 20. Xavier Bryant (Greenhill 2018) ran the show for Impact in a 15 point game, while Nick Rene (Lakeview Centennial 2018) scored 13. The aforementioned sharpshooter Hill went for 13 as well in the loss.
Urban DFW Elite 71 All 4 Sports Dream Team Elite 63
Jock Hughes (Houston Yates 2018) looked like an elite mid-range jump shooter for stretches during this one, but ultimately Urban DFW just had too many weapons to be beaten, winning by 8 over All 4 Sports Dream Team. Hughes dropped 23, but was answered by Kaden Archie (Midlothian 2018) and Braden Bell (Rowlett 2018) with 16 and 13 respectively. Urban DFW opened up a comfortable double digit lead during the second half, but Dream Team got it as close as 6 down the stretch. Jahmar Young (Duncanville 2018) put up 10 for Urban, while Kealen Coats (Westbury Christian 2018) scored 13 for Dream Team in the loss.