College Park takes down Dekaney
CONROE — College Park has been avenged.
After losing to Dekaney in the bi-district playoffs last season, the Cavaliers turned the tables Monday evening with a 67-58 victory over the Wildcats in the Class 6A Region II boys basketball bracket at Oak Ridge High School.
College Park (25-3) has now won 18 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 11. The District 13-6A champions are back in the area round for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since 2018.
“The difference between this basketball team and last year is, for one, we have tremendous leadership,” College Park coach Clifton McNeely said. “I loved the two seniors we had last year, but they weren’t quite the leaders that this group was. Second, we’ve got experience. We have a lot of playoff experience, even though it was just one game last year, and we have depth at that. And then, we’re very talented. We’ve got star power, and we’ve got guys that can step up and take over a basketball game.”
The No. 25 state-ranked Cavaliers will play Cypress Ranch (21-5) in the area round later this week. The Mustangs defeated Klein Cain 54-49 on Monday evening to advance. Cypress Ranch was the District 16-6A runner-up and has won six consecutive games.
College Park has an opportunity to advance to the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 and has only reached the third round on three occasions in program history.
Dekaney (15-11), meanwhile, saw its season end Monday after making its 10th playoff appearance in 11 years. The Wildcats were the fourth-place team out of District 14-6A.
Ty Buckmon scored a game-high 19 points for College Park, and Marvin Dock added 15. Jayden Jackson led Dekaney with 15 points, and Daelyn Williams finished with 12.
First playoff win for Goose Creek
Goose Creek Memorial defeated Nederland, 79-66 in Monday's boys bi-district action for the program's first playoff win. The school opened in 2008.
Goose Creek Memorial (22-3) achieved its first state ranking (No. 24), has its highest district finish (second) and most district wins (14) in school history.
Now comes an interesting area round date against Northside, which defeated Fort Bend Marshall in overtime in the bi-district round. Northside, District 23-5A champions, hasn't been to a regional quarterfinal since 1997.
Pasadena boys beat C.E. King
Pasadena has its first playoff win since 1993. The Eagles rallied from a seven-point deficit over the game’s final two minutes to defeat C.E. King 47-43 in the bi-district playoffs on Monday. The Eagles outscored the Panthers 11-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to spark the win.
Shadow Creek stops Clear Lake
Shadow Creek took down Clear Lake, 85-68 in Monday's bi-district playoff game. Shadow Creek had two players reach 20-point performances in University of Houston commitment Ramon Walker (28) and Shawn Jones (24). Clear Lake knocked off Clear Falls in a play-in game to get into the postseason.
Dulles girls roll to third round
Undefeated Dulles meets Tompkins in one of the top Houston-area regional quarterfinals Wednesday. Dulles took down eighth-ranked Jersey Village in the area round, 75-68. Tompkins ousted Houston Memorial, 57-42. Dulles is searching for its first regional semifinal berth since 2008-2009 when current WNBA star Kelsey Bones was a senior star on the team. Tompkins hopes for its first regional semifinal appearance since 2015-2016.
A few other regional quarterfinal pairings to watch include the state's top-ranked team in Cypress Creek meeting Houston ISD champion Heights on Wednesday. In 6A Region II, Cypress Springs plays its first regional quarterfinal when it meets Klein Oak on Thursday.