2015 Sam Mays
One thing you can bet on as sure as the sun will rise, Cedar Hill's going to have guards by the bucketful. The latest high level prospect is 2017 G 5'10" Russhard Cruickshank. Other than the youthful face, you'd never guess he's a fish. 13 first half points and a confident air running the point illustrates this to a tee. He led Cedar Hill to a 34-25 lead at the half. On the other side of the ball, the most productive player for Kinkaid has been 2015 G 6'4" Sam Mays. He had 11 first half points.
Cedar Hill increased the lead to 11 as the 3rd quarter came to a close. Cruickshank knocked down three triples in the period. On the Kinkaid side, 2014 Jeff Roberson is coming alive and now has 11 as we head down the stretch. In a hully gully 4th quarter, Kinkaid caught fire behind Roberson and Mays, and with a minute left the Cedar Hill lead has shrunk to two. In a heck of a finish, Cedar Hill prevails 70-65 as freshman Russhard Cruickshank drops 30 points! Junior Kealon Clayborne (11) and 6'8" junior Da'Rhon Mitchell (12/8 boards) played a big part in the win.
Kinkaid's unsigned senior 6'5" Jeff Roberson is a physical specimen. He finished with 17 points/11 rebounds. The guy whose game I absolutely fell in love with was 2015 G Sam Mays. (At right) He's 6'4" and ridiculously long armed. he has a sweet perimeter shot, rebounded well and had solid handles. He's a big time football recruit but he told me he'd like to play basketball if the right schools call. This guy can be a stud! He had 23 points in the loss.
Most El Paso teams play up tempo "small ball", and frankly this was just not a good match up for Hanks. Alamo Heights, ranked #`1 in Texas 4A can also run and shoot but they have the big fella in the middle. 2014 6'9" Ben Lammers (Georgia Tech) is the State's top shot blocker. In my opinion he's also the premiere passing big man. Everything goes through him so it's extremely tough for a guard driven opponent. He finished with 14 points, double digit rebounds and several blocks. Hanks was led by Senior guard Andy Arias who fouled out with 19 points.
2016 Jarrett Allen
Austin St. Stephen's has a bright future with several youngsters who will be very good, especially 2016 6'9" Jarrett Allen (At left) who finished with 12 points, double digit rebounds and an emerging defensive presence. Senior Albert Almanza led in scoring with 14 points and looks to have a bright future ahead at Sam Houston State. The young Spartans held a 24-19 halftime lead, but could not hold on as Houston Strake Jesuit chipped away, primarily behind Senior post Dylan Livit who had 13 points in the low scoring affair for the Crusaders.
The first quarter was all Ben Lammers as the Georgia Tech commit had 8 points/5 rebounds/2 blocks for the Mules as they raced to a 20-5 margin over the Longhorns. The 2nd quarter was a foul fest and AH widened their lead to 47-23 at the half. At the end of the 3rd quarter the score is 67-36 as Alamo Heights is playing a near perfect game on their way to tomorrow's semi final match up against Houston Strake Jesuit.
Ben Lammers had 15 points/12 rebounds/4 blocks which is a good stat line, but not dominant numbers. Trust me on this, he was DOMINANT. His presence in the paint totally changed the complexion of a very good Cedar Hill team and made them look ordinary. His team mates played outstanding around him as well as AH seemed to get 80% of the loose balls and second chance points. Senior G Max Riemenshchneider had 11 as did Junior David Favorite, while 2016 Jhonathan Dunn added 9 in the blowout.