Ten things to watch this week in greater Houston area high school basketball:
1. Grimes drops 50 on Montgomery
College Park guard Quentin Grimes keeps finding new ways to amaze. The 6-5 Kansas signee and McDonald’s All-American recorded his first 50-point game in a 117-57 rout of Montgomery last week. It was his 10th game with at least 40 in his four-year high school career, with six of those this season. Grimes shot 14-of-20 from the field, 5-of-9 from 3 and 17-of-20 from the free-throw line, adding eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
“The big key was he was getting easy shots out of transition because our defense was playing well,” coach Clifton McNeely said. “Montgomery’s strategy was to foul him every time he drove to the goal and that backfired on them. But he was very aggressive from start to finish, and when he is shooting the way he is, it’s hard to contain him because he can stretch the defense.”
But can Grimes do it against The Woodlands? That’s the question going into his final showdown with the rival Highlanders, who he’s 0-for-7 against. If the Cavaliers (18-12, 7-1) win, they can potentially clinch a share of their first district title since 2013-14 – when Grimes was still in eighth grade. College Park and The Woodlands reunite at 7 p.m. Friday at College Park.
2. Humble secures top playoff seed
The 17th-ranked Humble Wildcats survived Crosby’s late rally Tuesday to win 64-60 and clinch a share of their second consecutive district title and, more importantly, a No. 1 seed for the Class 5A, Region III playoffs. That was a key step as they try to avoid an early matchup with No. 4 Port Arthur Memorial or Beaumont Central, and make it to their first regional tournament since 1996 – when they went to the state semifinals – before moving up to 6A next season. Last week’s realignment elevated them to the UIL’s highest classification for the first time in eight years.
“That’s really been my goal since taking over – having a shot at getting to the regional tournament,” sixth-year coach Lair Crawford said. “We were real close in 2015, but our side of the region is so tough.”
3. Golden Eagles enjoy milestone night
The Cypress Falls Golden Eagles, the defending Class 6A champs, celebrated another milestone Tuesday, with fourth-year coach Richard Flores securing his 100th career win in a 69-44 victory against Cy Ranch. The Eagles won only 13 games his first season, then 25 in 2015-16 and 35 last season en route to the state title. They’re at 27-3 overall, 11-0 in District 17-6A heading into the final two games of the regular season after posting their 26th consecutive district win. Andrew Nguyen led the way against Ranch, recording a career-high 24 points. Nigel Hawkins added 12 points and Kendall Scott supplied 10.
4. Racing to the finish
Dekaney, Bush and Beaumont West Brook, all state-ranked 6A squads, clinched district championships Tuesday, with all three improving to 12-0 in district. No. 4 Dekaney and No. 15 West Brook secured at least a share of the title, and No. 13 Bush claimed the 20-6A crown outright with a 69-49 win over Fort Bend Austin. Other races are much tighter heading into the final week, including 15-6A, where state-ranked Klein Oak and Klein Forest are tied at 12-2, and 23-5A, where Elkins and Shadow Creek – both state-ranked in 5A – are 12-2.
5. Alford erupts from 3
Quentin Grimes wasn’t the only local player who went off last Friday. Seven Lakes senior Darius Alford dropped 49 points on Mayde Creek in a 71-59 playoff-clinching win – while burying a school-record 11 3-pointers on senior night. That monster effort prompted the program to question where all the 5-8 guard’s Division I suitors are hiding on its Twitter account, @7LSpartan Hoops. “What a senior night! We usually don’t do this, but where are the D1 schools at? This is also a better young man than a player!”
6. Girls gearing up for postseason
The girls basketball regular season wrapped up Tuesday, with the exception of teams like George Ranch and Alief Taylor, who will face off for the fourth and final playoff seed in 23-6A. The playoffs begin Monday. The top 6A seeds from the Houston area are district champs Klein, Dekaney, No. 8 Cy Creek, Westside, Seven Lakes, No. 22 Hightower, No. 21 Atascocita, Dobie, Pearland and No. 10 Clear Springs.
7. Ranch out to defend its regional crown
Cy Ranch, the defending Region III-6A champion, is the area’s only state-ranked 6A team that didn’t win a district title, checking in at No. 15. The Mustangs tied Jersey Village for second in 17-6A but enter the playoffs as a two-seed after winning a coin flip with the Falcons. Ranch opens with Heights at 7:30 p.m. and Jersey Village faces Bellaire at 6 p.m., both Monday at Delmar Fieldhouse
8. Texas City vs. Fort Bend Marshall boys
When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, Marshall
The Buffalos need to win to keep their postseason hopes alive. They’re tied with Galveston Ball for fourth, behind Elkins, Shadow Creek and the Stingarees, who are only one game off the 23-5A lead.
9. Klein Oak vs.Memorial boys
When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial
The Panthers need this game to keep their title dreams thriving. They’re tied for first with Klein Forest, and they meet in the district finale Tuesday. The Mustangs are tied for third with Spring Woods.
10. Clear Lake vs.Clear Creek boys
When/where: 7 p.m. Friday, Clear Creek
The Falcons can secure at least a share of the 24-6A championship by winning out, but they close with Creek and Clear Springs, who are tied for third, and Creek won 74-70 at Lake in their first meeting.
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