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02/10/20

The Cooldown: Week 24

Cover Photo via @AHS_Eagle_BBall on Twitter.

Folks, we’re 24 weeks in to this beautiful season of Texas high school sports. It doesn’t feel like it, but the basketball regular season is coming to a close. Several schools, including Klein Forest, had senior nights this past Friday.

Most teams have three games remaining, as playoffs will start two weeks from today. With that, let’s look at some of last week’s best games and look forward to playoffs.

Atascocita Gets Revenge

After falling to Summer Creek 58-51 back on January 3, Atascocita got revenge in a big way on Tuesday. The Eagles snapped Summer Creek’s 27-game win streak with a 61-54 road win. Not to mention Andre Johnson and Deshaun Watson showed up to watch.

Senior guard Dylan Dawson led the way for Atascocita with 21 points. Summer Creek was ranked No. 3 in the state before the loss while Atascocita sat at No. 7. Each team has one district loss to the other, meaning the most likely scenario is that each wins out, sharing the district title. Playoff seeding will likely be decided by a coin flip. That’s how most districts decide playoff tie-breakers, although I’m not sure what the rule is for 22-6A.

Regardless of which team receives the one-seed and which is the two-seed, both will have a chance to make a run at state. Dickinson stands in the way of getting out of Region III, but I believe those three have as good of a chance as anyone. While Beaumont United and North Shore as ranked Nos. 8 and 9 respectively, I like Atascocita, Summer Creek, or Dickinson to make it to San Antonio.

Yates Does Yates Things

In the Class 4A ranks, Yates is back in the record books. The Lions set a national record in 2009 with 15 straight games scoring 100+ points. After Friday’s 125-70 thrashing of Wheatley, they’ve tied their own record.

Yates will be going for history on Tuesday when they take on Scarborough. Scoring 100 points in 32 minutes of play is no easy feat, so it should be quite the moment on Tuesday if they’re able to pull it off.

Travis Finally Loses a District Game

Travis climbed its’ way into the statewide Class 6A top 25 after an 11-0 start in district play. That streak ended Friday night.

Ridge Point shocked the Tigers with a huge 63-47 win. The Panthers didn’t just win a good game, they beat a team undefeated in its’ district by 16. Sixteen!!! It’s the first loss for Travis in 2020; the Tigers hadn’t lost a game since December 28. Folu Fashoro led the Panthers with 17 points in the win.

If not for a 68-61 double overtime loss to Bush back on January 10, the Panthers could’ve clinched a share of the district title by splitting games with Travis. Because they are still a game back of Travis in the standings, Ridge Point will have to hope Travis loses one of it’s final three games to have a shot at a share of the district title.