TEXAS INVITATIONAL: Trojans Hit Speed Bump; Title Matches Nearly Set

TEXAS INVITATIONAL: Trojans Hit Speed Bump; Title Matches Nearly Set
Posted on 11/23/2013
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South Houston's Elton Dyer pulls up in the lane before popping a jump shot against Cinco Ranch on Friday night.
5407South Houston’s boys team won’t win valedictorian honors in the 2013 McDonald’s Texas Invitational field, but the Trojans provided more evidence on Friday that they may be in a class by themselves this season among Pasadena ISD schools.

Coach Patrick McCoy’s team stormed to the semifinal round of the Division 2 Gold Bracket before falling to Katy Cinco Ranch 76-59 on Friday night in the Sam Rayburn gym.

Earlier in the day, the Trojans raced by Klein Collins 68-58 in quarter-final action on their home court. A trip to Saturday’s bracket title game seemed within reach until Cinco Ranch went on an 18-8 tear in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Senior Elton Dyer, headed for the University of Houston with a football/basketball agreement in hand, scored 20 points in the victory over Klein Collins and added 17 against Cinco Ranch. South Houston sophomore Nick Hernandez matched Dyers’ 17 in the night game while Bennie Hamilton chipped in 13.

Guards Ben Sonnefeld and Malik Amos led Cinco Ranch with 15 points each.

In the earlier game, Jose Castillo backed Dyers’ 20 points with 14 of his own. Hernandez scored 11.

The Trojans will wrap up Texas Invitational play on Saturday in a third-place game against College Park. The game is set for 4:30 p.m. at Pasadena High.

The other Pasadena ISD schools had a rough go on Friday.

The Sam Rayburn boys beat Spring Branch Memorial 42-38 in their second contest of the day, played at Phillips Field House. That wasn’t enough to offset the damage of a heart-breaking 66-65 loss to Galena Park earlier Friday.

The Texans led that game by four points with less than 10 seconds left, but gave up a three-pointer and then the go-ahead bucket on a steal on the ensuing in-bounds pass, with five seconds left.

The Pasadena boys, who split their first two games on Thursday, surrendered a huge lead to Humble and fell 58-57 in their opener, then lost to Sharyland 56-54. Memorial stands 1-3 in tournament play while Dobie fell to 0-4.

On the girls side, Pasadena, South Houston and Memorial all remained winless after their three pool play games. Dobie and Sam Rayburn finished pool play 1-2.

In Division 1 play,  DeSoto and Fort Bend Bush positioned themselves for a showdown in the boys title game while the Duncanville girls, tournament champs the past two years, extended their Texas Invitational winning streak to 13 games.

DeSoto pounded Richardson Berkner 55-29 in the Gold semifinals while Bush set aside Pearland 69-60. The two will meet for the championship Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Phillips Field House.

Duncanville, the defending Texas Class 5A girls champion, went to 3-0 in pool play with a 53-44 victory over North Shore.

The Pantherettes will face Cypress Woods Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in a semifinal match at Deer Park’s Watkins Gym.  The more balanced contest  promises to be in the other semifinal between state powers Manvel and Clear Springs. That game is set for 10:30 a.m. at Deer Park’s Auxiliary Gym.

The girls title game will be played at 4:30 p.m. at Phillips.

Between that game and the boys title game at 8, alumni teams from Deer Park and the Pasadena ISD will square off in a challenge match. The 6 p.m. contest will feature former coaching standouts Phil Eaton of Pasadena High and Ray Landers of Deer Park.

Alumni cheerleaders and drill team members will perform at halftime.

South Houston guard Bennie Hamilton pulls down a rebound against Klein Collins.

South Houston's defense leaves Klein Collins' Danny Warren laid out on the floor.

Dyer directs the fast break against Klein Collins.

Trojan guard Eric Cabrera drives around Cinco Ranch's Malik Amos.

South Houston sophomore Terrell Washington tests the middle of the Cinco Ranch defense.

Dyer grimaces as he prepares for a collision with Cinco Ranch's Marcus Jones.