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VYPE's March Madness Tournament Brings Out H-Town Talent
March 29, 2011By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - Houston
VYPE Magazine hosted its second installment of their Hardwood Series last weekend at the Legends Sports Complex.
Forty teams participated at several age divisions and dozens of hoop dreams were made at the event.
The Youngsters -- The fourth grade division was won by the Spartans, who were led by guard Chandler King and forward Colin Howard. King displayed great court vision and point guard savvy while Howard could board and put in close range shots. ISTI finished second and was led by Cameron Noel and D'Andre Dues.
In the fifth/six grade bracket, the NW Select went 3-0, while the Running Rebels finished second at 2-1. The game that matched the two teams went into overtime after a NW Select post-player, Jase Febres, hit a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining.
The Middle Schoolers - The Legends Elite, led by Cameron Burkett and Mikey Wehrle, went undefeated and were followed by the MC Legends in the 7th grade division. The Cougars ran the table in the eighth grade bracket, followed by the Hurricanes.
The Big Boys - The Rebels won the 15-16-Under division with the help of Westfield's John Washington and Jonathan Mulmore leading the way. Houston Sterling's Richard Pardue and Earnest Matthews led the CCR team to a second place finish. The Celtics had a pair of impressive athletes in Rashad Zeigler and DeShaun Lowery as well.
There was immense talent at the 17-Under level. The Houston Lynx won the tournament, led by Klein Forest guard Jacoby Green, who will be a mid-major DI player. Senior Chris Hull of Brenham is also trying to go the prep school route after having to sit out a year after transferring to Fort Bend Bush.
Legends Select finished second and was led by several Woodlands Highlander athletes. Big-man Joey Trinkle, Brandon Caporale, Whitey Cass and Hayden Galatas were big contributors.
Other notable athletes on hand were Aldine super receiver Davon Graves, who will be a DI football player; Adam Ward and Justin Felicia of Atascocita, along with Tilton Johnson of Humble. The latter three are unsigned seniors trying to make a college team.