Coin flip keeps dream final between Kimball and Houston Yates alive
March 6, 2012Justin F Kimball High School
It's the match-up that Kimball fans have been dreaming about -- 2011 winners Kimball vs. 2009 and 2010 champs Houston Yates for the Class 4A title.
And that's still possible, thanks to a coin flip over the weekend by UIL brass in determining the brackets for the boy's state basketball tournament.
Why a coin flip? The UIL changed its format for the 2010-11 season to re-seed the schools once the teams made the state tournament. Prior to the switch, the brackets had been predetermined: Region I vs. Region III and Region II vs. Region IV.
Here's how the UIL seeds the tournament, according the UIL's basketball manual:
"Teams will be placed in the bracket according to their win/loss record. The two best records will be placed in opposite halves and the third best record will be placed up or down as determined by a coin flip."
In 4A, San Antonio Alamo Heights (34-2) had the best record, so it was put on one side of the bracket. But with Kimball and Houston Yates sporting identical 32-5 records, the UIL flipped twice, once to determine who would be placed opposite Alamo Heights, and then again to see who the loser of the first coin flip would play.
The final result -- Alamo Heights (34-2) vs. Kimball (34-5) and Houston Yates (32-5) vs. Denton Ryan (23-11) -- ended up no different than the old system, with Regions I/III and Regions II/IV playing each other.
But Kimball/Yates isn't the only dream final. There was no coin flip needed to set up what could be a fantastic 5A final between Flower Mound Marcus (37-2) and Fort Bend Travis (35-3), which have the best two records.