Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Houston Yates boys basketball routs Kimball in 2012 title game rematch
PASADENA — Melvin Swift took the pass in stride as he cut to the basket. He rose with ease and powered home a thunderous dunk that signaled one thing. This game belongs to Houston Yates.
Swift and his teammates rolled in the second half on their way to a 97-74 victory over Kimball in the final game of the Dallas vs. Houston Hardwood Classic at Pasadena ISD’s Phillips Field House.
A rematch of last season’s Class 4A state championship game won by Kimball, Saturday’s contest was billed as the Big Payback by Houston basketball pundits. They likely looked at the outcome as revenge, but Yates coach Greg Wise said the Lions discussed it only once, and only briefly.
“This is a different time, and those were different teams,” Wise said. “We just wanted to come out and keep our focus no matter who it is and do what we needed to do.”
Yates, which is a 3A school for the next two seasons, jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first 2½ minutes Saturday. The Lions slowed down on their full-court pressure after that, and Kimball got back in it. The two-time reigning Class 4A state champion Knights took their first lead at 20-19 in the first 30 seconds of the second quarter.
With Keith Frazier on the bench in foul trouble, Trenton Brinkley took center stage for Kimball, scoring 11 points in the second quarter. But the Lions jumped on Kimball after halftime, and after Swift’s big play with 2:35 left in the third quarter Yates had a 62-48 lead.
Brinkley led all scorers with 23 points. Gabriel Lilly scored 12 points for Kimball, and D’Angelo Allen had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Swift and Damion Lewis (six 3-pointers) led Yates with 18 points apiece.