Playoff Previews: Katy ISD boys field set

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 2/17/22

There are a slew of interesting matchups and a number of teams in the school district could potentially make a run deep into the playoffs.

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Playoff Previews: Katy ISD boys field set

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The Katy ISD playoff field is set after Wednesday’s games with six teams getting ready for the postseason.

There are a slew of interesting matchups and a number of teams in the school district could potentially make a run deep into the playoffs.

District Champs ready to make a run

As Seven Lakes locked up the district 19-6A championship on Wednesday, they already had their eyes on their next goal.

“We aren’t finished, that’s the cool thing,” said Seven Lakes head coach Shannon Heston said to his team after the win. “We proved a point to the district, now it’s time to prove a point to Houston.”

The Spartans are in prime position to make a run behind a strong core that includes Tahaad Davis, AJ Bates, Josh Akpovwa along with a total of 11 seniors that bring a wealth of experience to the table.

The Spartans feel like they have unfinished business in the playoffs after suffering a 30 point loss to Fort Bend Travis in the bi-district round and they’ll have a chance to avenge it.

Seven Lakes will kick off its playoff run with a game against Travis at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Don Coleman Coliseum.

Paetow looks to one up last year’s team

Paetow has had their eyes on making a run towards state since the beginning of the season and hasn’t wavered.

The Panthers come off of a 16-0 record in District 19-5A and clinched the top seed out of the district.

Led by a group of seniors that made a run to the regional finals last year, including Trevor Frank and Charles Chuckwu, they bring playoff experience and talent to the playing field.

When you inject that with even more talent from players such as Abou Camara and Kam Ingram, the Panthers are a very dangerous team heading into the playoffs.

Paetow will start its playoff hunt when they play Lake Creek at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Campbell Center.

Tompkins looks to get back on track

The Falcons put themselves in a fight for the District 19-6A championship with a win over Seven Lakes earlier this month but ultimately came up just short after suffering a loss to a talented Mayde Creek team.

But Tompkins bounced back with wins over Cinco Ranch and Katy to close out its district schedule, bouncing back strongly.

The Falcons have a ferocious defense and also have versatile scorers on offense, led by a group including Jason Clark, Carmelo Yakubu, Luke Coughran and Nick Lancit.

They are out to prove they can make a run in the playoffs and will have their chance when they play Clements at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Alief Taylor.

Mayde Creek not satisfied

Mayde Creek is making its fourth straight playoff appearance and has a young team, but the Rams aren’t satisfied with what they’ve accomplished this year.

“We’ve done that, now we don’t want to just make it to the playoffs,” said Mayde Creek haed coach Anthony Fobb after the Rams clinched a playoff berth. “Now the goal is not to just make it, we’re trying to go advance. We've got the team to do that.”

The Rams do have a lot of young talent, and they are peaking at the right time. The Rams stayed close against district champs Seven Lakes and then earned victories against Tompkins and Cinco Ranch to close out district play and earn the third seed.

The Rams have three players averaging over 10 points per game in Angel Sonnier Christian Jones and Jamal Chretien II, while Jones also averages five assists per game and Sonnier averages five rebounds.

Mayde Creek will have a chance to earn that playoff victory and move on when they play Ridge Point at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Fieldhouse.

Jordan hopes to build on successful first season

Teams aren’t supposed to make the playoffs in their first year of varsity play.

But that’s exactly what Jordan has done, going 12-4 in District 19-5A play to finish third in district and earn a chance at their first playoff win in their first season.

“I tell them all the time, ‘what you guys are doing is not normal, it’s hard,’” said Jordan head coach Charlie Jones after Jordan clinched a playoff berth. “Schools that just open up, they don’t make the playoffs, they haven’t won 19 or 20 games.”

Jordan has a group that can shoot the lights out and play high quality offense, led by Shawn Mitchell, who is averaging nearly 15 points as well as five rebounds and three assists and Trevor Martz who is averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game.

Jordan will play New Caney at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Campbell Center.

Cinco Ranch has tough task in first round

Cinco Ranch put itself in a good position heading into the final stretch of District 19-6A play but floundered down the stretch, losing its final three against tough playoff teams in Seven Lakes, Tompkins and Mayde Creek and having to settle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the district.

The Cougars finished with a 6-6 record in district play and will need a bounce back performance in the first round if they are to advance.

With a team including, Josh Lennon, Prince Jones-Bynum, Omer Saeid and Hutner Betke, the team has the ability to play strong both offensively and defensively and give themselves a chance in the bi-district round.

They’ll get that chance when they play Elkins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wheller Fieldhouse.

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