It was a golden week last week for a couple of the area’s high school boys’ basketball teams, who finished as the top two squads at the Lamar Consolidated tournament Dec. 2-4.
The Bush Broncos captured the tournament’s gold bracket championship during the tournament held at Rosenberg Terry High School, taking down the Ridge Point Panthers in the tournament final to stand alone.
The Panthers went 3-2 overall at the tournament to take second place in the tournament’s gold bracket. Among standout performances in the tournament for the Panthers (6-4) were Jamir Amiel’s 17-point, 8-rebound performance in a 67-51 loss to Marshall on Nov. 2. Conlie Christmas had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Marshall, while Wilson Batiste had 15 points and 7 rebounds on Nov. 2 against host Lamar Consolidated.
The only one that wound up standing between the Panthers and a tournament title was the Broncos, who went 4-1 to capture the championship. Bush (10-5) split games with Fulshear and Cypress Ridge on Nov. 2, then swept George Ranch and Crosby on Nov. 3 and taking down the Panthers 66-60 in the championship game on Nov. 4.
In non-tournament play around the area, Chris Johnson led the Elkins Knights (7-3) with 19 points and six assists in a 52-40 win over Kingwood on Oct. 30, while Jackson Fields had 11 points and five rebounds.
The Austin Bulldogs moved their season record to 6-3 following a 65-54 win over Alief Hastings on Nov. 30 thanks to a strong performance from Davion Jackson, who scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Brian Annune had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots, while Tylon Harris added 15 points.
Hightower (5-5) won its only game last week against Angleton, with Aaron Williams scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Jacory Chatman poured in 20 points of his own, while Milton Rice had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Austin’s Lady Bulldogs ran their record to 14-4 on the season, dropping a 37-25 decision to Cypress Springs on Nov. 30 before going 4-1 and finishing as the runner-up at the LCISD tournament Dec. 2-4. Gabby Johnson led the Lady Bulldogs against Cypress Creek, scoring 17 points and grabbing four rebounds along with two steals.
Dulles’ Lady Vikings went 2-0 last week to improve to 11-5 on the season. Dai Dai Powell had one of her best games of the young season in a 66-50 win over Humble Atascocita on Nov. 30, scoring 20 points to go along with six steals and a block. Nya Threatt had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals against Atascocita, while Jakiya Thompson added 10 points.
The Hightower Lady Hurricanes improved to 10-6 on the season with a one-point win over Beaumont United last Friday. Tiyianna Coulter-Hill was a stalwart for the Lady Canes in the game, grabbing 15 rebounds.